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Cardinals activate Jhonny Peralta from DL

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The St. Louis Cardinals have activated infielder Jhonny Peralta from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Peralta has been sidelined since April 15 with an upper-respiratory infection.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the team has sent down outfielder Magneuris Sierra, who tied the team-record for seven consecutive games with a hit in his MLB debut with the franchise.

Peralta’s gotten off to an ice cold start to the 2017 season, batting just .120 (3-for-25) with nine strikeouts in his first eight games. He has collected just three singles and crossed the plate once without an RBI.

He was limited to just 82 games during the 2016 season, which his eight home runs serving as his lowest single-season total since 2004, when he appeared in just eight games. Since arriving in St. Louis in 2014, he became a three-time All-Star, after having reached the Mid-Summer Classic twice in his career with the Detroit Tigers.

On the books for $10 million this season, Peralta is set to hit free agency at season’s end. He inked a four-year, $53 million deal prior to arriving with the Cardinals in 2014.

Peralta’s promotion means that outfielder Sierra is headed back down to the minor leagues after being called-up straight from High-A ball. To start his major league career, Sierra has gone 11-for-30, collecting a hit in each of his first seven games. All 11 hits were of the single variety, batting .367, as he will head to his  highest level of minor league ball to this point in his career, Double-A Springfield.

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