The Pirates reassigned Easley to minor-league camp Thursday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. There was some thought that the Bucs would take three catchers north instead stuck with starter Francisco Cervelli and backup Chris Stewart. Easley will likely start for Triple-A Indianapolis with Elias Diaz sidelined with a sore elbow.
Easley was outrighted from the 40-man roster, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Easley recorded just six at-bats with the Cardinals this season, mostly finding his way on the active roster due to an injury to Yadier Molina late in the season. The 29-year-old slashed a .251/.345/.337 in 279 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis this season and will likely get an opportunity to fight for the backup catcher job in spring training, but his fantasy value will continue to be mitigated until he gains more opportunities with the major league club.
The Cardinals announced they have called up catcher Ed Easley from Triple-A Memphis, per MLB.com, making him the fourth backstop on the St. Louis roster. Easley hit .251 in 88 games at Triple-A. He is hitless in two MLB at-bats with one career RBI.
The Cardinals have shaken up their roster a bit, recalling first baseman Xavier Scruggs and left fielder Greg Garcia from Triple-A Memphis while optioning catcher Ed Easley and pitcher Mitch Harris. Scruggs owned a six-game hitting streak with the Redbirds before his recall. Garcia has been tearing it up all year to the tune of a .313/.405/.369 slash line with 27 runs and nine stolen bases in 214 at-bats. Harris is the more significant of the demoted. He pitched in 16 games for St. Louis this season while compiling a 3.63 ERA. Easley batted just twice in his stint with the team.
The Cardinals recalled catcher Ed Easley from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday. Easley did not make an appearance when he was with the team in April. His first appearance will be his MLB debut.