Matt Adams, Randal Grichuk (Scott Rovak / USA TODAY Sports Images)

Matt Adams’ injury at St. Louis led to moves in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system down to Johnson City.

Matt Adams’ injury at St. Louis led to moves in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system down to Johnson City.

Adams injured, Grichuk recalled - St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s (Thursday’s) series opener in Chicago that they have recalled outfielder Randal Grichuk from Memphis (AAA) and placed first baseman Matt Adams (left shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 10.

Grichuk, 24, is batting .213 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 84 games with St. Louis this season.  He’s had two stints (June 18 -July 5 and August 2-10) at Memphis this year, batting .250 (7-for-28) with a double, triple and home run in eight games played during his most recent tour with the triple-A Redbirds.

Grichuk owns a career .248 batting mark with 32 home runs and 90 RBI in 234 games with St. Louis.

Adams has posted a .249 batting average with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in his 95 games played this season, ranking among Major League leaders in pinch-hitting with a .385 mark  (10-for-26), 2 HRs and 9 RBI.


McGuire back to Memphis

Deck McGuire was returned to Triple-A Memphis and will take the roster spot of Grichuk. McGuire made his season Double-A debut against Arkansas last Thursday night, tossing seven two-hit innings and punching out eight batters in a no-decision.

Overall, the right-handed pitcher has compiled 5.21 ERA over 22 starts, 21 at Triple-A. McGuire has struck out 87 and walked 48 in 114 innings pitched.


Walter a Springbird again

To replace McGuire, Johnny Walter was returned to Springfield. The right-hander, who was demoted to High-A Palm Beach on July 25th, returns to the Texas League after posting a 0-4 record with 7.97 ERA through his first four Springfield starts.

Walter made two starts in his latest stint with the Beach Birds, surrendering five earned runs over a combined 12 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out eight and issued three walks. On the season, the 25-year-old has made ten starts since signing out of independent ball, logging a 5.26 ERA in 53 IP innings between Palm Beach and Springfield.


Rowland back to Springfield

Robby Rowland, who has spent the majority of his 2016 season rehabbing a surgically repaired elbow in Jupiter, Florida, will commute north to Springfield for the time since September 2015.

Rowland started the rehab process with Low-A (short-season) State College, appearing in three games, giving up two earned runs on three hits in four innings for the Spikes. Most recently, the righty has been with Palm Beach, where he made seven appearances, posting a 2.47 ERA over 7 1/3 innings pitched. Rowland struck out nine and walked five over 11 1/3 combined innings between the two stops.

The Cardinal Nation reported Rowland's velocity in the 90-92 range with a slider mixed in at 83-84 at the end of July. Last year, the 6-foot-4 hurler could sit in the mid-90s, so perhaps velocity will come around with more innings under his belt.


Bard shifts Jupiter focus

Though Daniel Bard has been listed on Johnson City's roster since the start of short-season ball in June, in reality the former Red Sox electric late-inning reliever was rehabbing at the Cardinals complex in Jupiter, preparing for an assignment with High-A Palm Beach that began Thursday.

Bard will make his first appearance in affiliated baseball since 2014, when he last pitched for the Texas Rangers’ High-A affiliate. The Cardinals signed Bard to a minor league deal in June after the Pittsburgh Pirates gave him an opportunity in spring training, but released the 31-year-old before the season started.


Gonzalez latest Chief to join PB

Derian Gonzalez becomes the fifth 2016 Peoria Chiefs star to earn a promotion to High-A Palm Beach in the last month. Gonzalez rejoins the rotation of Brennan Leitao, Sandy Alcantara and Junior Fernandez a level up for the Beach Birds, along with shortstop Edmundo Sosa, since injured.

Gonzalez, a 21-year old Venezuelan, owns perfect 5-0 record with 2.39 ERA through 15 starts in the Midwest League. The 6-foot-3 right-hander has punched out 70 batters against 33 walks in 75 1/3 innings. He has been especially hot lately, with a 0.49 ERA in 18 1/3 innings since June 15th.


More minors shuffling coming

With the moves, Memphis is back at 25 players, but will need reinforcement with Luke Weaver slated to make his big-league debut on Saturday. Springfield has reached its active roster limit, though that is likely to change shortly. Palm Beach is at 24 players at the moment. With the loss of Matt Davis and Gonzalez in the last two days, Peoria is shorthanded with 23 players.


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