Greg Garcia (Jason Getz / USA TODAY Sports Images)

While third baseman Matt Carpenter is on paternity leave, infielder Greg Garcia rejoins the St. Louis Cardinals from Memphis

While third baseman Matt Carpenter is on paternity leave, infielder Greg Garcia rejoins the St. Louis Cardinals from Triple-A Memphis.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Thursday that infielder Matt Carpenter has been placed on Major League Baseball’s Paternity List and that the team has recalled infielder Greg Garcia from Memphis (AAA).

http://www.scout.com/player/133107-matt-carpenter?s=321

Garcia, 26, began the season on the Cardinals Opening Day roster and appeared in 10 games before being optioned to Memphis on April 17.   The left-handed hitting Garcia batted .600 (6-for-10) with a home run and two RBI in his earlier stint with St. Louis.   He was batting .269 (28-for-104) with 8 RBI in 30 games at Memphis.

http://www.scout.com/player/145002-greg-garcia?s=321

Garcia, who owns a .335 career batting mark (11-for-31) as a pinch-hitter with two pinch-hit home runs, wears uniform no. 35.

Brian Walton’s take

The Cardinals appear to be adding Garcia at a good time, as he is working on a six-game hitting streak, during which he is 10-for-26 (.385).

http://www.scout.com/player/118230-jose-martinez?s=321

A side benefit of this move is the temporary creation of a roster spot in Memphis to place new outfielder Jose Martinez. Of course, that just delays the need for another decision by a few days.

Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation: Monthly Cardinals Prospect Rankings – May 2016. Teaser: Garcia is currently ranked number 19 in our top 40.

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