In a stunning display of roster gymnastics, the St. Louis Cardinals have transferred starting pitcher Joe Kelly to the 60-day disabled list and have designated infielder Pete Kozma for assignment.
The Cardinals said the move to move Kelly to the 60-day disabled list will allow the club to add Marco Gonzales to the 40-man roster for his major league debut Wednesday.
The move, apparently, doesn't represent a setback for Kelly, who is set to go out on a rehab assignment Friday after missing two months with a hamstring injury.
By taking Kozma off the 40-man roster, the Cardinals will be ready to activate Kelly when he is done with his rehab assignment.
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The Cardinals said Gonzales, who will wear uniform number 56, will be the first pitcher to make a start at the major league level without first doing so at Class AAA since Cliff Politte in 1998.
It's something of a surprise to see Kozma potentially sent out of the organization. While he lost his starting shortstop job to Jhonny Peralta, he provided valuable depth for the organization. It wouldn't have hurt to keep him in the minors just in case. But the Cardinals have a log jam of prospects who are crowding the 40-man roster.
Kozma's St. Louis stay may have been brief. But it was memorable, especially for his series-winning hit in the Redbirds' historic game five comeback over the Washington Nationals in the 2012 NLDS.