St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals summon catching prospect, activate two from DL

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Carson Kelly is one of the highest-regarded prospects in the major leagues.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Carson Kelly is one of the highest-regarded prospects in the major leagues.

The St. Louis Cardinals on Friday activated outfielder Randal Grichuk and pitcher Zach Duke and recalled catcher Carson Kelly from Class AAA Memphis.

To make room on the roster, the Cardinals optioned reliever Sam Tuivailala and outfielder Magneuris Sierra to Memphis and designated for assignment catcher Eric Fryer.

Duke, 34, who has made a remarkable recovery from Tommy John surgery, had been on the 60-day disabled list. The left-handed reliever last pitched Sept. 29.

Duke made nine rehab appearances between the Rookie League Gulf Coast Cardinals, high-Class A Palm Beach and Memphis. He threw nine scoreless innings, permitted just four hits and one walk while striking out 10.

Zach Duke
Veteran left-hander Zach Duke will rejoin the Cardinals bullpen after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the offseason.

Duke appeared in 81 games last season – 53 with the Chicago White Sox and 28 with the Cardinals after the acquired him July 31. Duke was 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA for St. Louis.

Kelly, 23, was the starting catcher on the Pacific Coast League All-Star team this season. Kelly was batting .283 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs in 83 games. He made his major-league debut last season and appeared in 10 games, batting .154 (2-for-13) with one RBI.

Kelly will wear No. 30.

Grichuk, 26, had been on the 10-day disabled list with a lower-back injury. He was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a rehab game with Class AA Springfield on Wednesday. Grichuk is batting .215 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 61 games with the Cardinals.

Tuivailala was 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 18 games, with seven walked and 18 strikeouts in 21 innings. The speedy Sierra, meanwhile, batted .350 (7-for-20) in five games during the recently completed road trip, posting two three-hit games. He is batting .365 (19-for-52) in 13 games.

Fryer, 31, batted .154 (11-for-71) with three RBIs in 33 games as Yadier Molina’s backup. He was in his second stint with the team.

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