Cardinals Press Release
The St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Randal Grichuk on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain today. Outfielder Tommy Pham has been recalled from Memphis (AAA), his second stint with the Cardinals (this season).
Grichuk, 24, has a .284 batting average with 44 RBI and 15 home runs in 85 games for St. Louis, playing primarily in centerfield the last month. He left yesterday’s game after the 7th inning with right elbow discomfort. Grichuk’s 43 extra-base hits rank first among all MLB rookies, with his 15 home runs T3rd among rookies and his 44 RBI ranked 6th. Since the All-Star break, his eight home runs are T4th among all National League hitters with a .612 slugging pct. that ranks 11th. He is the first St. Louis rookie since Johnny Mize in 1936 with 21+ doubles, 7+ triples and 15+ home runs.
Pham, 27, started 10 games and appeared in 13 during July (7/3-19) for St. Louis. He picked up his first Major League home run on July 5 vs. San Diego, and overall batted .182 (4 doubles, HR, 3RBI). At Memphis is batting .327, but over his last 23 games has a .354 average (29-82) with 11 walks, and 17 RBI, recording 10 multi-hit games during that span. This is Pham’s 10th season within the Cardinals organization after being drafted in the 16th round (496th overall) of the June 2006 draft.
Brian Walton’s take
The Cardinals lose their third outfielder to the disabled list, with Grichuk joining Matt Holliday and Jon Jay. As the above numbers indicate, Grichuk had become an important source of power in the Holliday-less lineup, and as such, will be difficult to replace.
It is not clear how centerfield will be covered on a daily basis in his absence. On Monday night, Jason Heyward is moving over from right field, with Stephen Piscotty shifting from left to right and Brandon Moss in left. Other available starting options in center include Peter Bourjos, Pham and even Piscotty perhaps.
The Cardinals have not yet announced Pham's replacement at Memphis.
Grichuk is expected to miss 15-20 games, general manager John Mozeliak told KMOX Radio on Monday.
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