The Cardinals 40-man roster currently stands at 42 including 60-Day DL residents Eduardo Sanchez and Adam Wainwright. (Aside: Nervous that there hasn’t been more news on Sanchez? Me too.) With September looming, the Cardinals will have active rosters expanding and the ability to move beyond the current 25-man constraints.
Memphis isn’t completely out of the post-season hunt yet (4 games back of first place w/ 7 left to play) but there season is rapidly closing and the Cardinals will have the chance to call up some players. The candidates are almost certainly going to be players already on the 40-man roster as September would be an unusual time of the year to try and clear someone on waivers.
Who is likely to get a callup?
Maikel Cleto, Brandon Dickson, Adam Reifer, Francisco Samuel
Brandon Dickson’s callup and start is imminent (Thursday). Maikel Cleto, who has already seen time in the majors earlier this year in relief also seems like a safe bet for a callup depending on how many bullpen innings the team is projecting. Tony has a long standing desire to not have too many pitchers for too few innings, which leads to concerns of rustiness. A spot start for Dickson and time in the pen for Cleto hardly seems to fit that bill though.
Tony Cruz, Matt Carpenter, Zach Cox, Tyler Greene, Mark Hamilton, Pete Kozma
The Cardinals skipper loves his spare catchers and Cruz seemed to enjoy positive reviews from his work in the majors earlier this year. Tyler Greene, whom John Mozeliak recently referenced in an article by Rick Hummel, will get another shot at showing he can be a regular shortstop in the majors. Calling up Pete Kozma makes little if any sense given his performance to date and Greene’s need for regular innings. Zach Cox is in AA and also an unlikely candidate with Matt Carpenter in Memphis. Whether the Cardinals will actually be able to find playing time for Carpenter with Daniel Descalso and David Freese on the active roster is questionable. Carpenter should get a courtesy callup if nothing else but he may spend most of his days on the bench. Mark Hamilton is also likely to get a courtesy callup though his release seems all but assured at the end of this season.
Andrew Brown, Adron Chambers
It would be nice to see what Chambers could do with some time and opportunities in centerfield. I’m not personally sold on him as a big league player but he’s the next centerfielder on the depth chart after Jay in 2012. Andrew Brown’s chances likely hinge on Lance Berkman’s potential trade to the Texas’ Rangers, which may just be idle internet chatter.
My Guess: Cleto, Dickson, Greene, Cruz, Hamilton and possibly Carpenter