With much ado, the Cardinals have officially promoted outfielder Oscar Taveras from Triple A Memphis; the slugger, considered one of the best prospects in baseball, will be available to play today.
In a corresponding move, first baseman Matt Adams will be placed on the 15-day DL.
Taveras should see most of the playing time in right field, with Allen Craig moving to first base. Randal Grichuk could also see playing time in right.
The 21-year-old Taveras, who will be making his Major League debut, was batting a team-leading .325 (62-for-191) at Memphis with 7 home runs and 40 RBI in 49 games. The outfielder was hitting .479 (23-for-48) with RISP and he's batting .344 against lefties. Taveras has missed a few games recently after being hit in the ankle with a ball; the rest was precautionary.
Adams hasn't played in a few days, so the move is retroactive.
Speculation of Taveras's promotion have part of the rumor mill for the last few week. It was expected that Taveras would be promoted next week when the team would need a designated hitter in American League ballparks.
Taveras will wear the number 18.