Cards to Add Feliciano as Triple-A Insurance

Cards to Add Feliciano as Triple-A Insurance

The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly come to terms with veteran left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano on a minor league contract. Also, Springfield outfielder James Ramsey is formally placed on the DL.

Even before left-handed reliever Kevin Siegrist was placed on the disabled list, though after Tyler Lyons' injury, the St. Louis Cardinals were evaluating free agent reliever Pedro Feliciano at their Jupiter, Florida facility. The 37-year-old has now come to terms with the organization on a minor league contract and will report to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday, reported Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch on Sunday.

With the New York Mets for almost a decade, Feliciano led the majors in relief appearances from 2008-2010, but later paid the price. Due to rotator cuff surgery on his left, throwing shoulder, the Puerto Rican native did not pitch in the majors from October 2010 until August 2013, two years of which he was being paid by the New York Yankees. After returning to the Mets' organization last season, Feliciano also had a heart issue amid concerns about his velocity.

In addition his own performance at Memphis, Feliciano's chance of returning to the bigs again may depend on fellow left-hander Sam Freeman's results with the Cardinals.

From a roster perspective, the Redbirds have been down one pitcher since Freeman was recalled to St. Louis to replace Siegrist on Saturday, so no other moves to accommodate Feliciano will be required.

Ramsey Succumbs to Shoulder

Injured in a collision with the outfield wall on May 16, Springfield outfield James Ramsey initially remained in that game. However, the 24-year-old has not played since and on Sunday was finally placed on the seven-day disabled list with a sore shoulder.

Leading the Texas League with 11 home runs, Ramsey seemed primed to return to Triple-A Memphis where he finished last season. However, his momentum has obviously been slowed by this setback. In 151 at-bats over 40 games, the left-handed hitter's line is a strong .305/.393/.583.

As of yet, Ramsey has not been replaced on the Double-A Cardinals roster.

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