St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today (Friday) that outfielder Stephen Piscotty (right hamstring strain) have been placed on the 10-day disabled list and that outfielder Tommy Pham has been recalled from Memphis (AAA) and will join the team for tonight’s game in Atlanta.
Pham, 29, was batting .283 (25-for-92) with a .371 on-base pct., four home runs and 19 RBI in 25 games for the Triple-A Redbirds, including a .409 mark (9-for-22) with 14 RBI with runners in scoring position. The right-handed hitting Pham has started games at all three outfield positions for Memphis this season, and has batted in each of the top three spots in the team’s batting order.
Pham has appeared in 136 Major League games with the Cardinals, including 78 last season, and owns a .245 career batting mark with 14 HR’s and 35 RBI.
Pham wears uniform no. 28.
The Cardinals also announced that infielder Jhonny Peralta, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since April 17 with an upper respiratory condition, will begin an injury rehabilitation assignment today with Palm Beach (A).
Brian Walton’s take
There was some potential that Piscotty’s injury, caused while running Thursday night, might not require a disabled list trip, but that is not the case. Pham had been removed during Memphis’ Thursday night game in Omaha, signaling his return to St. Louis. Pham spent all of 2016 with the Cardinals but lost his job this spring to Jose Martinez. Memphis’ roster placement has not yet been named.
Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler was also removed from Thursday night’s game due to a shoulder injury, but it is apparently not severe enough to require a disabled list stint – at least not yet.
Peralta is expected to play the left side of the infield for Palm Beach and could also get at-bats in extended spring training games during the afternoons.
On Friday, the Cardinals made several other outfield moves in reaction. Like Pham, both of these replacement players have appeared at their new levels previously.
Nick Martini is rejoining the Redbirds, up from Double-A Springfield. The 26-year old first reached Triple-A in 2015, playing in 22 games there plus 86 more last season. With Springfield this year, the left-handed batter has a line of .263/.336/.374/.710. Martini's career results at Memphis have been even better, with a .295/.378/.407/.785 line.
Outfielder Thomas Spitz is returning to Springfield from Palm Beach. The 25-year old made a four-game Texas League debut as an injury fill-in in 2016. This season with the Beach Birds, the right-handed hitter has a slash line of .208/.275/.264/.539.
The Beach Birds are not getting a direct roster replacement for Spitz immediately - unless you count Peralta.