Cresse Rejoins AAA Memphis

SPRINGFIELD CARDINALS PRESS RELEASE

April 23, 2005 - After joining the Springfield Cardinals just five days ago, catcher Brad Cresse was sent back to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday morning. Cresse rejoins the Redbirds, where earlier this season, he had appeared in three games, going 2-9 for a .222 batting average. A wrist injury to Memphis Redbirds catcher Cody McKay prompted the move.

Cresse appeared in four games since joining the Cardinals, going 1-14 with three RBIs. Cresse was added to the roster after Springfield catcher Gabe Johnson broke his right knee cap, likely missing 8-10 weeks.

Added to the roster to replace Cresse, will be catcher Jason Motte, who will join the team immediately from Palm Beach of the Florida State League. Motte has appeared in just six games this season, going 2-18 for the Palm Beach Cardinals. Last season, Motte was a Florida State League All-Star, despite hitting .174 with one home run and 24 RBIs in 108 games. Baseball America rated Motte as the best defensive catcher in the Florida State League last year.

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