The St. Louis Cardinals were busy with roster moves on Saturday, making four that reshuffled both the bullpen and starting rotation ahead of the second game of a three-game series in Philadelphia.
As expected, the Cardinals activated right-hander Jordan Hicks from the 15-day injured list and recalled left-hander Matthew Liberatore from Triple-A Memphis to make Saturday's start.
The club also optioned right-hander Jake Woodford to Memphis and designated right-hander Nick Wittgren for assignment.
Hicks had been on the IL since May 25 due to a right forearm flexor injury. Before landing on the IL, the hard-throwing right-hander was 1-4 on the season with a 5.02 ERA in nine appearances that included seven starts and two relief outings. He's expected to be used coming out of the bullpen in his return.
Liberatore was recalled from Memphis to start on Saturday against the Phillies. The left-hander made his last appearance and start for the Cardinals in the first game of a doubleheader on June 14 against the Pirates. He went five scoreless innings, allowed three hits and picked up the win.
Woodford was optioned to Memphis for the fourth time this season but will remain in Philadelphia as part of the team's taxi squad. He's made 11 relief appearances this season and is 1-0 with a 3.05 ERA.
Wittgren made a team-high 29 appearances for the Cardinals this season. He was 1-0 with a 5.90 ERA.