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Outfielder Tommy Pham lost his battle to remain on the St. Louis Cardinals and will return to Memphis for the first time since 2015.

Outfielder Tommy Pham lost his battle to remain on the St. Louis Cardinals and will return to Triple-A Memphis for the first time since 2015.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning (Saturday) that they have optioned outfielder Tommy Pham to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) roster.

This morning’s transaction reduced the number of players in the team’s Major League spring training camp to 41, including 11 non-roster invitees.


Brian Walton’s take

I saw Pham serve as designated hitter on Wednesday on the back fields for both Memphis and Springfield and he did not impress. Now, the 29-year-old will have more time with Memphis to work his way back.

No matter the reasons, whether eyesight or reworked swing or something else, ultimately players must produce to keep their jobs. In this case, not only did Pham lose his roster spot, the strong play of Jose Martinez closed the deal.

With St. Louis this spring, Pham went 9-for-43 (.209). He had plenty of chances, as the Cardinals team leader has just 45 at-bats.

Between his active time and stint on the disabled list after being injured in the second inning of Opening Day, Pham spent all of 2016 with St. Louis. 2017 is his final minor league option year so he is running out of runway.

With prospect Harrison Bader almost ready and Cuban Adolis Garcia looking good, the time is now for Pham to re-stake his spot in the Cardinals outfield pecking order.

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