PITTSBURGH -- Having already shuffled several pitchers between the Majors and Minors this week, the Cardinals will not have a significant wave of September callups until after the Minor League regular season ends Monday.
Beginning Sunday, clubs are allowed to carry as many players as they would like from their 40-man roster. The Cardinals are expected to make at least one addition Sunday, but they are handcuffed from making many more.
By optioning Michael Wacha, Tyler Lyons, Carlos Martinez and Michael Blazek to the Minors this past week, the Cardinals cannot bring any of them back until after the Minor League season concludes.
If Triple-A Memphis, which began the day tied for first in their Pacific Coast League division, advances to the postseason, that could delay some of the arrivals even longer. Aside from the aforementioned four rookie pitchers, the Cardinals have another four healthy pitchers on their 40-man roster: Victor Marte, Keith Butler, Jorge Rondon and Eric Fornataro.
Position players Adron Chambers, Brock Peterson, Ryan Jackson and Jermaine Curtis are expected to receive callup consideration as well.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less