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Cardinals demote Grichuk, call up slugging outfielder

The St. Louis Cardinals have returned outfielder Randal Grichuk to the Class AAA Memphis Redbirds, according to a CBS report.

To fill the open roster spot the big league team called up an outfielder.

No. It wasn't that outfielder.

Joey Butler, who was tearing up the Pacific Coast League to the tune of a .360 batting average with four home runs and 20 RBIs so far this season, will join the Cardinals in Pittsburgh Friday.

Grichuk hit .143 in only 21 at-bats with St. Louis after he was called up when Kolten Wong and Shane Robinson were demoted to Memphis last month. He made a couple of very nice catches in the outfield, playing all three positions during his stay, and showed off a dynamic bat. I'm a little surprised that the Cardinals didn't let him play quite a bit more since they were looking for a spark in the middle of a team-wide slump.

While the internet is full of Cardinals fans bemoaning the fact that top prospect Oscar Taveras hasn't been called up to save the day, it appears the parent club is intending to leave him in the minor leagues until at least the start of June to prevent his free agent clock from expiring for an additional season.

In the meantime, the Birds must be content that Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay will hit enough to keep centerfield productive.

Butler was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers and was claimed off waivers in October.