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St. Louis Cardinals option Lane Thomas, call up Lars Nootbaar

May 22, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Lane Thomas (35) steals second as Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) applies the tag late during the fifth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals optioned outfielder Lane Thomas to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.

In other moves, the Cardinals called up outfielder Lars Nootbaar from Memphis and designated left-hander Bernardo Flores Jr. for assignment.

Thomas, 25, hit .104 with two stolen bases and an RBI in 32 games for St. Louis this year.

Nootbaar, 23, was an eighth-round pick by the Cardinals in 2018 from Southern Cal. The left-handed batter hit .329 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 29 games with Memphis this season.

He will be active and in Detroit for Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers.

Flores, 25, was 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 31 1/3 innings at Memphis in 2021.

–Field Level Media