Lane Thomas Returns to Cardinals as Ricardo Sanchez’ Year Ends

photo: Lane Thomas via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis Cardinals announcement

Brian Walton’s take

Thomas, 24, had been on the COVID IL since August 15. Most recently, the outfielder was working out in the Springfield alternate camp.

John Nogowski

Nogowski, 27, made his second trip to St. Louis on Saturday and did not appear in Saturday or Sunday’s games.

Ricardo Sánchez

Sanchez, 22, threw 53 pitches over 2.0 innings in Friday night’s relief appearance and went onto the IL on Saturday. He was diagnosed with a sprain in the elbow and was prescribed rest then rehab. His season is over.

Roster implications

The Cardinals’ 40-man roster falls to 45. The club no longer has the room to activate any more of the five remaining COVID IL players without making 40-man roster cuts, via releases or waivers.

The five still to return, who are at various stages of readiness are pitchers Carlos Martinez, Ryan Helsley and Kodi Whitley and outfielders Rangel Ravelo and Austin Dean.

Mo on the trade deadline

For the record, Major League Baseball’s trade deadline was 4:00 p.m. ET on Monday. You did not miss The Cardinal Nation’s trade preview article – there wasn’t one. Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak was very clear over the recent days and weeks that the team would not be active. So it should not be a surprise they weren’t. Consider this to be the trade recap article, too.

John Mozeliak via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Mozeliak noted this was a less hectic deadline as teams knew the Cardinals were not selling. His ideal deadline would have been two weeks later. The Cardinals have a handful of young players they do not want to move at this time.

Player updates

Prior to Monday’s game, Mozeliak and manager Mike Shildt provided updates on a number of players.

On Thomas, Shildt noted that “Mo decided he was a good guy to have back.” Thomas will likely come off the bench, per the manager.

Lane Thomas

Mozeliak said the outfield production hasn’t been what they were expecting other than Dexter Fowler. They are trying to find someone to get hot and help them decide if they have to go external (for outfield help) in the off-season.

Ryan Helsley

Ryan Helsley has a good chance of being activated on Tuesday. The reliever threw a live bullpen two days ago and played catch today.

Matt Wieters

Matt Wieters (broken toe) is trending toward activation in Chicago.

Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez is expected back sometime after the fifth of September as a starting pitcher.

Genesis Cabrera

Genesis Cabrera (split nail) will be back Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. The lefty reliever is not on the IL.

The taxi squad on the trip is John Nogowski, Roel Ramirez, Nabil Crismatt plus the two players to be activated soon, Helsley and Wieters.

The organization is considering adding two pitchers to the 60-man player pool. They would replace Alvaro Seijas (waived) and Sanchez. The club is checking into candidates’ throwing programs and they would also have to pass COVID intake testing in Springfield.

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