Carpenter and Helsley Return to St. Louis Cardinals

photo: Matt Carpenter (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced a series of roster moves prior to their series finale in Oakland today, (Sunday, August 4,) activating infielder Matt Carpenter from the 10-day Injured List and recalling right-handed pitcher Ryan Helsley from Memphis (AAA).  The team also announced that first baseman/outfielder Rangel Ravelo has been optioned to Memphis and right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers has been designated for assignment.

Carpenter, who has been on the Injured List since July 16 with a right foot contusion, completed a nine-game injury rehabilitation tour this past week, going 2-for-26 with seven walks between Springfield (5 games) and Memphis (4 games).  Carpenter is batting .215 with 10 HR and 29 RBI in 81 games this season.

Matt Carpenter

Helsley is being recalled for the sixth time this season.   The rookie right-hander has gone 0-0 with a 2.92 ERA in eight games with the Cardinals, striking out 13 in 12.1 innings pitched.  He has appeared in 17 games (seven starts) for Memphis, compiling a 2-3 mark with a 4.58.   Helsley has been used as a starter in his last two outings at Memphis, including a scoreless 3.0-inning effort on July 31 vs. Albuquerque.

Ryan Helsley

Ravelo has appeared in 14 games for St. Louis, collecting a pair of pinch-hit doubles during last week’s home stand.

Rangel Ravelo

Mayers worked 1.1 innings in relief last (Saturday) night, his fourth appearance since returning from the 60-day Injured List on July 23.

Mike Mayers

The Cardinals activated outfielder Marcell Ozuna from the Injured List prior to last night’s game and catcher Yadier Molina, out since July 8 due to a right thumb tendon strain, is currently on an injury rehabilitation assignment with Memphis.

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Brian Walton’s take

Carpenter’s return was expected, with Helsley’s move not. Then again, Mayers continued his inconsistency Saturday night, with not enough good pitches and too many balls, using up his last strike in the organization. The right-hander has no more minor league options remaining. I expect he will be claimed by another organization, if not traded.

Helsley should move into a long relief role, as he played for Memphis, and Carpenter returning to his regular spot at third base. The main question is whether Carpenter can put his season-long slump behind him, though his rehab results did not indicate a change. How Tommy Edman and Yairo Muñoz, younger players who received more work while Carpenter was out, will be deployed now that Carpenter is back will also bear watching.

Memphis’ roster remains whole, with Helsley out and Ravelo back in. Mayers is immediately removed from St. Louis’ 40-man roster, creating an opening that can be re-used on an internal or external option. Mayers’ fate will be decided in the next seven days – waiver clear (report to Memphis), waiver claim, trade or release.

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