Siegrist Sidelined by Forearm, Freeman Up

The St. Louis Cardinals placed Kevin Siegrist on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Sam Freeman plus other Saturday moves across the system.

Earlier this week, left-handed reliever Kevin Siegrist was listed as unavailable to pitch. The 24-year-old did take the mound on Friday and excelled, throwing 1 1/3 hitless, scoreless innings at Cincinnati.

On Saturday, however, Siegrist was no longer with the team, apparently having departed to get his arm checked out. That afternoon, the club announced that Siegrist has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left forearm strain.

Lefthander Sam Freeman has been recalled from Memphis to replace Siegrist on St. Louis' 25-man roster. The Redbirds have not yet announced Freeman's replacement.

Siegrist, one of the "big three" often-used Cardinals relievers by manager Mike Matheny (along with Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal, is tied for the team lead with 23 appearances and leads the National League with 12 holds. He is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA to go with 27 strikeouts and eight walks in 20 innings pitched.

Freeman, 26, has one appearance with St. Louis this season while with the club from May 13-15, pitching a scoreless inning against Chicago on May 13. He is 0-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 16 games (20 1/3 innings pitched) at Memphis. Freeman struck out 26 and walked seven.

Another Butler Lost to Memphis

One pitcher who will not be replacing Freeman at Memphis is right-handed reliever Keith Butler. After receiving a second opinion on his injured elbow, Tommy John surgery has been decided as the next step. This news came from Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak via Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

Butler, 25, last pitched for the Triple-A Redbirds on Tuesday. After retiring the first two batters in the ninth inning, he had to leave the game. The Kentucky native was placed on the disabled list the next day.

Though Butler made his first Major League opening day roster in 2014, it seemed more like it was because of attrition rather than spring performance. Seldom used in St. Louis, Butler was returned to Memphis on April 17 after allowing six earned runs in two innings on six hits, a strikeout and a walk.

This has been a bad week for Cardinals Butlers. In addition to Keith's surgery plans, outfielder Joey Butler was taken off the 40-man roster, placed on release waivers and his contract was sold to the Orix Buffaloes in Japan. That was announced on Friday.

Footnote: Butler underwent surgery on Wednesday, May 28.

Other Saturday transactions

At A-Advanced Palm Beach, catcher Casey Rasmus was placed on the temporary inactive list, replaced by Jose Godoy, over from the Cardinals extended spring training camp.

In 29 games this season, Rasmus has a line of .238/.274/.305. The left-handed hitter has no home runs and nine RBI in 105 at-bats. Jesus Montero will likely become the main catcher at Palm Beach while Rasmus is away.

Godoy, a 19-year-old native of Venezuela, completed in the Gulf Coast League in 2013, his first season in the US. The left-handed hitter posted a credible but power-starved line of .263/.368/.307 in 114 at-bats over 36 contests.

To see the Cardinals' entire system by level and position, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.

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