Infielder Jhonny Peralta and outfielder Stephen Piscotty were activated from the disabled list this weekend, with the demotion of Magneuris Sierra to Double-A and trade of Matt Adams to the Braves as the corresponding moves. A couple of other injured ‘birds are on the mend, and they, too, may be close to a big-league return.
Marco Gonzales has made three starts this season, including a pair at Triple-A Memphis. In the two for the Redbirds, Gonzales has allowed just one earned run over 13 1⁄3 innings with a 10:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Returning from Tommy John surgery, the 25-year-old has not appeared in the Majors since 2015. With a struggling bullpen - especially from the left side - Gonzales may be in line for a call-up in the future, as well as a fellow southpaw.
With an intercostal strain shutting him down in early May, Tyler Lyons is rehabbing, and it continued with an outing Saturday night at Double-A. Lyons allowed two runs over five frames with three punchouts. Cardinals beat reporter Jenifer Langosch reported that he eyes a return to the Majors over the next week.
As noted previously, Sierra is now in Double-A, after batting .367 over 30 at-bats in the majors. The speedy outfielder made an impact in his very first game, going 1-for-2 with an RBI triple and two sacrifice flies. After the stellar stint in the big leagues, Sierra will be watched keenly as he looks to maintain such a performance on a daily basis.
Infielder Paul DeJong is continuing to smash in Triple-A. Dating back to May 14, DeJong is 7-for-22 with a double and a homer, his system-leading ninth long ball.
MEM: Arturo Reyes
SPR: Matt Pearce
PMB: Jake Woodford
PEO: Jordan Hicks