The Cardinals have recalled outfielder Oscar Taveras from Triple A Memphis; the system’s top prospect made his MLB debut earlier in the month when Matt Adams was placed on the DL. Right handed reliever Jorge Rondon is headed back to Memphis.
Taveras’ promotion comes at a time when the Cardinals offense is almost non-existant. In the 4 game series against the Dodgers, the team scored 4 runs while winning only 1 of the games; the team scored 3 runs in that win.
John Mozeliak hinted at the move this morning and told bloggers last week that if Taveras is up, he’ll be playing because they don’t want him gaining service time while only playing 3 days a week. Taveras should see some time in all 3 outfield spots. Allen Craig looks like he could be impacted the most, as both players primarily play right field; Craig could also spell Adams at first base. Taveras should give Matt Holliday the occasional rest in left, and could see a few games in center in place of the Jon Jay/Peter Bourjos tandem. If Taveras can get going better than his last stint, he could be an upgrade in all 3 positions.
There could also be speculation that this roster move could be a showcase for opposing teams interested in acquiring Taveras; the prospect has been linked to many of the big name trade possibilities for the Cardinals.
Rondon finally made his MLB debut Sunday after being promoted two other times this season. Rondon pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a walk. He’ll be moved back into the Memphis bullpen, where he’ll primarily be a setup man.