On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that outfielder Nick Stavinoha has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 12, with a right shoulder separation, originally called a strain. Stavinoha is leading the Cardinals in pinch hits, including a pair of pinch hit home runs. He batted .264 through the first half of the season, but his average has dropped each month (.308 in April, .290 in May, .240 in June and .190 in July).
Outfielder Allen Craig has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis to replace Stavinoha on the club’s active roster. Craig, who turns 26 on July 18, made the Cardinals to open the season and has appeared in eight games (1-for-19, .053) in two stints in the major leagues.
Since joining Memphis, Craig has batted .308 with 11 home runs and 65 RBI in 67 games, compiling a .370 OBP and .520 SLG. Craig belted seven home runs in June to go along with 35 RBI and earned the Player of the Month award from The Cardinal Nation. The right-handed hitter was batting .324 in 11 games to begin the month of July and hit .370 with runners in scoring position.
The Cardinals also announced that pitcher Adam Ottavino will undergo right shoulder surgery at a to-be-determined date to repair a SLAP tear in his throwing shoulder. The 24-year-old former first-round draft pick has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 4.
Ottavino, who made his Major League debut earlier this year, made three starts for the Cardinals during the season’s first half, posting an 8.46 ERA. He was 5-3 with a 3.97 ERA in nine starts for Memphis.
As expected, the Redbirds activated first baseman Mark Hamilton from the disabled list. The left-handed hitter had been rehabbing with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals since June 27. Hamilton, who turns 26 years of age in two weeks, was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury on June 2 retroactive to May 29.
With Memphis, Hamilton is 25-for-90 (.278) with six doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI. In the rookie-level GCL, he went 8-for-27 (.296) with two home runs and two RBI. Hamilton fanned in one of every three at-bats.
To make room for Hamilton, Memphis placed reliever Andrew Brown on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to July 11. The 29-year-old right-hander left his last outing on July 10 with an oblique injury.
In 24 innings over 18 games for the Redbirds, Brown has a 6.75 ERA and an 18:17 strikeout to walk ratio. He was acquired from the Washington Nationals on May 23.
To replace Craig on the Redbirds roster, the Cardinals have promoted outfielder Adron Chambers from Springfield. The 23-year-old was drafted in the 37th round in 2007 and his 19 triples with Palm Beach last season led all of baseball.
The left-handed hitter is a 2010 Texas League All-Star and has a .282/.376/.417 line at the Double-A level in his first year there. Chambers is 8-for-12 in stolen base attempts this season. He will be making his Triple-A debut with Memphis.
Chambers’ roster spot in Springfield is being backfilled by outfielder Chris Swauger, called up from A-Advanced Palm Beach. Taken in the 26th round of the 2008 draft from The Citadel, the left-handed hitter has posted a solid .294/.352/.463 line in 160 at-bats over 39 games this season. Swauger has four home runs and 26 RBI.
The 23-year-old was on the disabled list from April 15 until May 30 due to a sprained elbow. Swauger has been with Palm Beach since May 15, 2009 and was The Cardinal Nation Player of the Month last August. This will be his Double-A introduction.
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