The Cardinals have optioned catcher Michael Ohlman, and also reassigned Mike Mayers, John Gast, Steve Bean and Alberto Rosario down to minor-league camp, according to MLB.com on Saturday.
Cardinals pitcher John Gast finally feels 100 percent recovered after shoulder surgery, according to MLB.com. Gast had the surgery back in 2013, but said he didn't feel like he was all the way back when he returned to pitch last season. "All around, I felt off," Gast said. "The whole year was tough with every pitch, really." This spring, though, things seem to be much better. Gast believes his velocity is back to normal, and said his pitches have "more life than last year." Gast will likely open the season in the minors, but general manager John Mozeliak believes he can pitch in the big leagues. "I think he's capable of pitching in the big leagues," Mozeliak said. "Now it's going out and showing that he has the durability to compete every fifth day."
Cardinals LHP John Gast threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, continuing his comeback from shoulder surgery that kept him out all last season. Gast struggled to reclaim his velocity during minor-league rehab appearances last season. He told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "I wasn't 100 percent once," in 2014. Tuesday's bullpen session was a different story. "The most drastic (difference) was the velo," he said. "It finally feels like I can let it go and put something behind the ball."
The Cardinals outrighted starting pitcher John Gast and outfielder Jermaine Curtis to Triple-A Memphis Wednesday. Both spent time in the majors in 2013. Gast made three starts before tearing his left lat in July. Curtis went hitless in three at-bats.
The Cardinals added top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras, infielder Jermaine Curtis and pitcher John Gast to the team's 40-man roster Wednesday. Taveras, who was ranked the No. 3 prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America before the season, hit .306/.341/.462 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 173 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis. He is recovering from August ankle surgery and is expected to be ready by spring training. Curtis hit .257/.355/.349 with five home runs, 49 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 370 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis. Gast went 2-0 with a 5.11 ERA in three starts with the Cardinals and 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA in seven starts with Triple-A Memphis.