The St. Louis Cardinals announced a wave of September call ups today. The additions add depth and bring players with big-league experience back to the major league roster.
The team has utilized the minor league system throughout the year to move players back and forth and add depth to the big league team. Now that the season is coming to a close for most of the minor league affiliates, the team can bring players to the major league roster. The team issued a press release, which reads:
ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 2, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have added five players to their active roster prior to tonight’s game against the Pirates, bringing the number of players on their active roster to 31.
Recalled today from the minors were left-handed pitchers Marco Gonzales, Nick Greenwood and Tyler Lyons and catcher Tony Cruz. Right-handed reliever Jason Motte (lower back strain) was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Lyons fanned a career high eight batters in 4.2 innings of relief in Game 1 of last Saturday’s double-header versus Chicago, the most by a Cardinals relief pitcher since 1978. Gonzales earned his first Major League win in the Cardinals 13-2 win over Chicago in Game 2 of the Saturday twin bill – allowing just one run and three hits in his 6.0 innings of work.
Greenwood has appeared in 16 games during this, his rookie season, and he has worked multiple innings in 11 of those games while also earning a pair of wins.
Cruz has appeared in 43 games for the Cardinals this season, having already started a career-high 33 games with 299.0 innings caught.
Motte, on the disabled list since August 2, worked a scoreless inning in relief during an injury rehabilitation assignment with Springfield (AA) on Sunday, August 31 at Tulsa. Motte is 0-0, 4.91 ERA in 24 games with the Cardinals this season.
The additions will allow the starting rotation to find some much needed rest. Cruz will allow the team some flexibility using A.J. Pierzynski as a hitter in late innings. Jason Motte will look to prove that he is ready to pitch at a high-level again.
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