The St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Shane Robinson on the 15-day disabled list. Robinson suffered a left shoulder subluxation in Monday’s 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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To take Robinson’s spot on the 25-man roster, the Cardinals have recalled outfielder Randal Grichuk from the Memphis Redbirds. This comes just days before the Cardinals expand the roster to forty players with the September call-ups.
This will be Grichuk’s third stint with the Cardinals this season. The 23-year-old has played in 19 games, hitting .136 with a home run and 3 RBI in 44 at-bats. He made his debut on April 28.
Grichuk, notable for being the guy drafted in 2009 by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim right after Mike Trout, was acquired with Peter Bourjos in the trade that sent third baseman David Freese and relief pitcher Fernando Salas to the Angels.
In 108 games at Memphis, the right-hander batted .259 with 25 home runs and 71 RBI. The 25 home runs are a Memphis-high and puts Grichuk in sixth place in the Pacific Coast League. Grichuk’s .493 slugging percentage also lead Memphis this season. The outfielder hit .325 against left-handed pitching in the PCL.
With Grichuk being recalled today, it will be interesting to see what role that plays into who the Cards decide to promote next week.