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The St. Louis Cardinals swapped center fielders between the MLB club and Triple-A Memphis on Saturday

The St. Louis Cardinals swapped center fielders between the MLB club and Triple-A Memphis on Saturday, with Tommy Pham replacing Randal Grichuk.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to today’s game that they have recalled outfielder Tommy Pham from Memphis (AAA) and optioned outfielder Randal Grichuk to the Triple-A club.

Pham, 28, the Cardinals Opening Day starter in left field, was batting a combined .250 (31-for-124) with 4 HR’s and 19 RBI in 37 games with Memphis (AAA) and Springfield (AA).   Pham homered in each of his past two games with Memphis and drove in seven runs.  The right-handed hitting outfielder owns a .263 career batting average (41-for-156) with 5 HR’s and 18 RBI in 59 games for the Cardinals.

Pham suffered a left oblique injury on Opening Day (April 3) at Pittsburgh, taking just one at-bat, and was placed on the disabled list the next day.  He was activated from the disabled list on May 17 and optioned to Memphis.

Grichuk, 24, was batting .206 with 8 HR’s and 27 RBI in 62 games this season.

Brian Walton’s take

The Cardinals continue to reshape their outfield, with these moves a day after Kolten Wong was promoted from Triple-A and Jeremy Hazelbaker sent down.

As noted above, Pham has hit well over his last two games, with three home runs, but expectations should be tempered. Immediately before that, he had been ice cold in June, logging a .170 mark (8-for-47) from June 1-15.

It looks like Saturday’s first-time center field starter Kolten Wong and Pham will battle it out for regular playing time in center for St. Louis, with Grichuk needing to reestablish momentum with Memphis.

Including two stints on the disabled list in 2015, Grichuk had been with St. Louis continually since August 2014, after being optioned out three times earlier that season.

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