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Cards option Helsley to make room for Thomas

@LangoschMLB
May 23, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Brought up to serve as the 26th man in Wednesday’s doubleheader, outfielder Lane Thomas has extended his stay. The Cardinals announced on Thursday that Thomas will remain on their 25-man roster. He’ll bump the count of Cardinals position players back up to 13. In turn, reliever Ryan

ST. LOUIS -- Brought up to serve as the 26th man in Wednesday’s doubleheader, outfielder Lane Thomas has extended his stay.

The Cardinals announced on Thursday that Thomas will remain on their 25-man roster. He’ll bump the count of Cardinals position players back up to 13. In turn, reliever Ryan Helsley has been optioned back to Triple-A Memphis.

Helsley, who allowed one run over 1 2/3 innings on Wednesday, has made four relief appearances during his two stints with the Cardinals. His demotion leaves the Cardinals with a seven-man bullpen.

The club also announced on Thursday that right-hander Alex Reyes has joined the Class A Advanced Palm Beach team. He’ll make a start for that club on Thursday following a month-long stint in extended spring training, where Reyes pitched in a controlled setting while his fractured left pinkie finger healed. That allowed Reyes to continue building arm strength while away from affiliated action.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.