Oscar Taveras is ready to stay with St. Louis


Oscar Taveras was promoted by the St. Louis Cardinals, once more, in advance of the series against the San Francisco Giants.

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This time, the best hitting prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals system is ready to stay according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Rick Hummel.

“The game is faster,” Taveras said according to Hummel. “The pitchers here throw more strikes.”

“I’m ready now. I’m ready to stay here. I’m more prepared now than the other time.”

Neither Matt Adams or Allen Craig are worried about the potential in lost playing time with Taveras promoted. If anybody stands the most time to lose right now, it’s Allen Craig.

“It’s not my job to think about that kind of stuff,” Craig said.

While Mike Matheny is placing Oscar Taveras in right field and batting him second in the lineup, he likes how Matt Holliday has done in that position.

Matheny has to juggle an outfield right now that consists of Craig, Taveras, Holliday, Jon Jay, Peter Bourjos, and Shane Robinson. Six outfielders that Matheny will have to be able to find at-bats for them. Think about that for a moment. The team is carrying six outfielders while only carrying one back-up infielder in Mark Ellis or Daniel Descalso, depending on who starts at second base, until Kolten Wong comes back to take over at second base.