Carp returns from IL, Helsley called up, Ravelo optioned and Mayers DFA’d

Matt Carpenter, who has been on the Injured List since July 16 with a right foot contusion, completed a nine-game injury rehabilitation tour this past week, going 2-for-26 with seven walks between Springfield (5 games) and Memphis (4 games).
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OAKLAND, Calif. — Infielder Matt Carpenter was activated from the injured list by the St. Louis Cardinals and was set to lead off against the Oakland Athletics.

Carpenter fouled a ball off his right foot against Pittsburgh on July 15 and missed 17 games with a bruise. He went 2 for 26 with seven walks in nine minor league injury rehabilitation games and said Sunday he was more concerned with getting extra swings than he was with the results.

Carpenter missed eight games earlier this season with a lower back strain.

Catcher Yadier Molina, who has not played for the Cardinals since July 6 because of a strained right thumb tendon, began a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Friday. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt expects the nine-time All-Star back by mid-August.

St. Louis recalled right-hander Ryan Helsley from Memphis on Sunday, optioned first baseman Rangel Ravelo to the Triple-A club and designated right-hander Mike Mayers for assignment.