Cardinals Send Reyes, Muñoz Down to Triple-A, Add Relief Pair

photo: Giovanny Gallegos (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

Giovanny Gallegos (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to today’s (Sunday, April 7) series finale with San Diego, that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Giovanny Gallegos and left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb from Memphis (AAA), and optioned infielder Yairo Muñoz and right-handed pitcher Alex Reyes to the triple-A Redbirds following yesterday’s game.

Gallegos, 27, who was acquired by the Cardinals last July in a trade with the New York Yankees, appeared in two games for the Cardinals last September after helping Memphis to both the Pacific Coast League and Triple-A National Championship titles.   The 6-2, 210-pound native of Sonora, Mexico has appeared in 22 combined games in the majors the past two seasons (2017-18) between the Yankees and Cardinals.

Tyler Webb (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Webb, 28, made 18 relief appearances with the Cardinals in 2018 following a waiver claim from the Padres in late June.  He’s a combined 0-1, 4.76 ERA in 31 games (all in relief) in the majors, pitching for the New York Yankees, Milwaukee, San Diego and St. Louis.

Reyes made four relief appearances for the Cardinals to begin the 2019 season and Munoz was 1-for-4 in his four games played this year.

Gallegos wears uniform no. 65 and Webb is no. 30.


Brian Walton’s take

Alex Reyes (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

After a good but not great spring, Reyes was deemed to be ready for eighth inning set up duties right out of the gate. That proved to not be the case, primarily due to his wildness. The open question now is what role Reyes will play in Triple-A. Could a return to starting be in the cards?

Update: On Sunday, manager Mike Shildt explained to media members that Reyes would be assuming a multiple-inning relief role with Memphis, with a 30-40 pitch target per outing. Starting is not in the current plans.

The decision by the team to revert to a 13-man pitching staff leaves freshly activated Jedd Gyorko as the only reserve infielder (along with Matt Wieters, Jose Martinez and Tyler O’Neill coming off the bench).

This move, with open days still remaining on the schedule, surprised some, but I see it as a reaction to shore up an immediate deficiency. The starters through eight games have averaged less than five innings and their aggregate ERA of 4.85 is 13th among 15 National League teams.

With more relief innings needed to cover the rotation shortfall, more relief pitchers will be required.

Gallegos joined the Cardinals from the Yankees along with Chasen Shreve in the Luke Voit trade last July. The 27-year old had only a very brief look in big-league camp this spring, with 3 2/3 innings, during which he was charged with four runs.

In his lone appearance for the Redbirds this season on Thursday’s Opening Night, Gallegos fanned one as part of a 1-2-3 inning.

Yairo Munoz (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Webb, 28, was one of the Cardinals’ better relief pitchers in camp this spring, with just 12 hits and a walk against 13 strikeouts in 13 innings. His ERA was 2.77. The only downside was that two of his five hits allowed left the park. The last roster spot came down to him vs. John Brebbia, with either choice a good one.

In his initial outing for the Redbirds this season, Webb was not sharp, however, allowing two runs, one earned in 1 1/3 innings on Friday.

With St. Louis, Webb becomes the second lefty in the pen, joining struggling free agent signee Andrew Miller.

The Triple-A Redbirds, already loaded with infielders before the return of Munoz, could make follow on moves to better balance the roster. If so, they will be added here when announced.


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