The St. Louis Cardinals made
several roster moves on Friday:
- Purchased the contract of right
handed pitcher Mitchell Boggs from Memphis (Triple-A).
- Optioned pitcher Mike Parisi to
created room on the 25-man active roster for Boggs.
- Transferred pitcher Tyler Johnson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. This created space on
the 40-man roster for the addition of Boggs.
- Rescinded the option of pitcher
Kelvin Jimenez to Memphis and placed him on the 15-day disabled
list due to a bruised right hand, retroactive to May 31. This is the second
move of this unusual type this season, as the Cardinals made a similar pair of
transactions with Brad Thompson in late April.
Boggs, 24, will become the eighth
player to make his Major League debut with the Cardinals this season, matching
the San Francisco Giants for most among all teams this
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Boggs has
anchored the Memphis starting rotation this year, going 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA
(10th in the Pacific Coast League) in 12 starts. He has limited the opposition to a .230
BA (.193 vs. righties) and his 1.16 WHIP (walks + hits/innings pitched) ranked
5th in the PCL. He has
allowed just three home runs in 71.1 IP.
Boggs posted a complete game win
at Iowa on May 28 and worked 6.0 IP on Monday
(June 2) at Alabama in his most recent outing. He fanned a season-high 10 batters on
May 18 vs. Oklahoma.
Boggs was the Cardinals’
fifth-round draft selection in 2005 (170th player overall) out of the
Georgia where he was a
member of the 2004 Southeast Conference co-champions. He went 11-7, 3.84 ERA as the staff ace
for Springfield (AA) last season.
Boggs will wear uniform #68 and is
expected to join the club in Houston Friday evening.
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