Cardinals dispatch Taveras to Triple-A, reactivate Adams

News-DemocratJune 13, 2014 

St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras watches his solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 31, 2014, in St. Louis. The home run came during Taveras' second career at-bat in his major league debut. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

JEFF ROBERSON — AP

The St. Louis Cardinals optioned outfielder Oscar Taveras to Class AAA Memphis on Friday, clearing the way for Matt Adams to return to the active roster.

Adams will be in uniform for the Cards' game with Washington at Busch Stadium, the first of a 10-game homestand.

Taveras, who will turn 22 next Thursday, hit .189 (7-for-37) in 11 games, including a home run in his major-league debut May 31.

Adams, 25, was hitting .325 with three home runs and 17 RBIs when he went on the disabled list with a strained left calf late last month.

The Cardinals opted to get Taveras more playing time at Triple-A, while letting fellow rookie Randal Grichuk, 22, remain with the big club. Grichuk is hitting .136 (6-for-44) in 19 games, with one homer and three RBIs.

Adams' return -- and Taveras' move to Memphis -- clears the way for Allen Craig (.248, six homers, 33 RBIs) to get more playing time in right field as he vacates first for Adams.

The move leaves Grichuk competing for playing time in center field with Jon Jay (.301, one homer, 18RBIs) and Peter Bourjos (.213, 2 homers, 10 RBIs). On occasion, Grichuk could also spell Craig in right or Matt Holliday (.265, four homers, 30 RBIs) in left.

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