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Shortstop Ruben Tejada is ready to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, with Greg Garcia sent down to Triple-A to make room.

Shortstop Ruben Tejada is ready to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, with Greg Garcia sent down to Triple-A to make room.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Monday that shortstop Ruben Tejada (left quadriceps strain) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and that infielder Greg Garcia was optioned to Memphis (AAA) following Sunday’s win.

Tejada, 26, injured his quad in the team’s final Grapefruit League game on March 31 and began the 2016 season on the disabled list.  The right-handed hitting shortstop was signed by the Cardinals as a free-agent on March 19 following his release by the New York Mets.

Tejada played in three games with Springfield (AA) last week (April 14-16) during an injury rehabilitation assignment and batted .333 (3-for-9) with a double. The Cardinals have already employed three shortstops (Aledmys Diaz, Greg Garcia, Jedd Gyorko) this season and Jhonny Peralta remains on the disabled list following surgery to repair the ligament in his left thumb.

Tejada wears uniform no. 19.

Brian Walton’s take

These moves are a surprise only to those who are not perceptive. The Cardinals, like every team with title aspirations, need depth over the long season, so releasing Tejada could blow up in their face with the very next injury. There is no way Tejada would agree to be “stashed” in the minors, either.

Diaz has been hot with the bat (as was Garcia), but the latter is more of a utilityman. I totally understand why the Cardinals want to keep Diaz around, especially while he is hitting well. By default, optioning Garcia is the right move for today, but he will be back soon enough. In the meantime, Jedd Gyorko is still available off the bench.

I have nothing to say to those who wanted to see slumping first baseman Matt Adams demoted instead - other than I am glad the Cardinals are not going to be carrying five middle infielders on their active roster.

Memphis will likely not announce its corresponding move until Tuesday, and so on down the line in the minor league system. Current middle infielders on the Redbirds active roster are Matt Williams (.421), Alex Mejia (.308) and 40-man roster player Dean Anna (.208). Mejia was the player promoted from Springfield when Tejada was injured on the final day of St. Louis' spring camp.

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