Catcher Michael Ohlman was optioned to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) roster on Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced.
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Pitchers Mike Mayers and John Gast were re-assigned to the minor league camp as were non-roster catchers Steve Bean and Alberto Rosario. The Cardinals’ 40-man roster now sits on 38 players while the Major League camp has 52 players remaining.
The moves of the catchers are not really that surprising. Everybody knows that come Opening Night, Yadier Molina will be sitting behind the plate when the Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Currently, Tony Cruz, Ed Easley, and Cody Stanley are amongst the other catchers participating in the Major League camp. Cruz is likely to take a bench spot and serve as Molina’s backup while I would expect for both Easley and Stanley to be assigned shortly to the Memphis Redbirds.
Mayers, a third round draft pick out of Ole Miss in 2013, reached as high as AAA during the 2014 season and will likely start the 2015 season with the Memphis Redbirds. Mayers struggled in 12 starts with the Palm Beach Cardinals (A+) but managed to turn things around when he was promoted to the Springfield Cardinals (AA).
Gast hasn’t appeared in a Major League game since the 2013 season. In two games this spring, Gast pitched 1.2 innings where the left-hander allowed four runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out two. He posted a 21.60 ERA. A sixth round draft pick out of Florida State in 2010, Gast suffered a shoulder strain shortly after his Major League debut in 2013. Gast rehabbed for much of 2014 and appeared in 13 games, mostly with Memphis.