The St. Louis Cardinals on Friday placed outfielder Randal Grichuk on the 10-day disabled list with a lower-back strain, the team announced. Taking his roster spot is fellow outfielder José Martínez, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to complete the move.
Grichuk had been on such a slump at the plate, he was demoted to the minors in late May to help find his groove. He left the big league roster on May 28 on a 5-for-37 slide with 14 strikeouts.
He returned to the lineup on June 25 and opened up his second stint much better, starting 7-for-22 with three homers and nine RBIs. Five of his nine home runs have come since rejoining the team in late June.
Once a Top 5 prospect in the Los Angeles Angels system, the 25-year-old was dealt to the Cardinals following the 2013 season. He is a career .247 hitter with 53 homers and 153 RBIs.
Martinez, who played in just 12 games during the 2016 season, has made the most of his opportunities this year. Through 50 games with the Cardinals, he’s hitting .280 with five homers, 12 extra-base hits and 17 RBIs while accounting for an 0.5 oWAR.
Originally signed by the Baltimore Orioles in 2006, Martinez played in the Braves and White Sox systems through 2008-14. He played in more than 800 games in the minors before making his debut, which came last season.
St. Louis finished the first half of the season with a losing clip at 43-45. The Cardinals open up the back half of the schedule on Friday when they take on the Pirates for the start of a three-game tilt.