Cardinals Make Series of Minors Moves

Soco remains a Cardinal

Reliever Miguel Socolovich, designated for assignment on Saturday, has cleared waivers and is required to report to Triple-A Memphis. In other words, all 29 MLB teams passed on a chance to put the 30-year old on their active roster.

Socolovich will look to get back on track in the Memphis bullpen, where he performed well in 2016 with a 3.14 ERA, 59 strikeouts and 16 walks in 51 2/3 innings.


Littrell back, sort of

Reliever Corey Littrell has completed his 50-game drug suspension. The left-hander was activated and reassigned from Triple-A Memphis to short-season Class-A State College.

Littrell will work on getting back into game shape in the final days of extended spring training.


Morales moved

Right-handed starter Andrew Morales was activated off the Springfield Cardinals’ disabled list and was immediate assigned one level lower, with the high-A Palm Beach Cardinals.

The 24-year old is slated to make his first official mound action since last August. Morales went on Springfield’s DL in July and pitched in two rehab games in the Gulf Coast League in mid-August before calling it a season due to a shoulder problem.  

Morales, who has not yet reached Triple-A, last pitched for Palm Beach in 2014. In between, he made 40 Double-A starts.


Turgeon tabbed

Going the opposite way from Morales on Monday was infielder Casey Turgeon, promoted from Palm Beach to Springfield.

In his third season at Palm Beach, the 24-year old had a quiet slash line of .236/.353/.362/.715. The left-handed batter drew 21 walks against 30 hits. Turgeon made his Springfield debut last season, batting .179 over 10 games.  Defensively, he can play at second base, third and left field. 


Hudson home

With the return of Springfield to action on Tuesday, right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson rejoined his team. The 22-year old was away since last Thursday, placed on the temporarily inactive list.

Hudson is scheduled to make his ninth start of the season on Wednesday. He has a 3.11 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 17 walks in 46 1/3 innings.


Drake active

On Tuesday, the Palm Beach Cardinals activated outfielder Blake Drake from the seven-day disabled list.

The 23-year old has been out since May 10, having been hot in his 10 days active since rejoining Palm Beach with a slash line of .367/.375/.533/.908. Drake opened the season with Springfield.


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