KANSAS CITY — Much-discussed outfielder Randy Arozarena has been brought up by the Cardinals to join them Tuesday night, but it comes at the expense of losing veteran outfielder Jose Martinez to the injured. He has a sprained right shoulder.
At the same time Monday, the Cardinals also announced they were activating catcher Yadier Molina (right thumb tendon strain) from the injured list and optioning catcher Andrew Knizner to Class AAA Memphis.
Arozarena, a 24-year Cuban native, has batted .349 with 10 home runs and 16 stolen bases while playing both at Class AA Springfield and Class AAA Memphis this year.
At Memphis, Arozarena had reached base safely in 37 consecutive games, including hitting for the cycle. He has hit .368 with a .442 on-base percentage and .568 slugging percentage for the Redbirds.
Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch said Harrison Bader, who had been optioned to Memphis two weeks ago, and Arozarena were considered for the promotion.
Bader, who was hitting .195 for the Cardinals, hit two home runs in a game over the weekend and Girsch said, “Harrison’s had a good couple of games. But the whole thing was . . . to get him right and we didn’t want to interrupt the process.
“Randy has played so well, he deserves the opportunity. Both deserve to be up but right now we’ll go with Randy. I think he’ll get opportunities.”
Cardinals President of baseball operations John Mozeliak spoke to Bader on Monday and reviewed the situation with him.
Arozarena will wear uniform No. 66. He joins the club’s 40-man roster with his purchase from Memphis. That roster had been at 39.
Martinez was injured when he banged into the wall chasing a fly ball on Sunday. He is hitting .266 with 10 homers and 40 runs batted in.
Girsch said it would be a few days before Martinez could swing a bat and “it didn’t make sense for (manager) Mike Shildt to play short for three or four days.”
Girsch said Martinez shouldn’t be out long.
“At, or shortly beyond 10 days would be our expectation,” he said.
Molina, 37, was placed on the IL on July 8 for the second time because of the thumb injury he first incurred in May. The nine-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner was three for 20 with a home run in eight games during a rehabilitation stint at Memphis and Springfield.
With the Cardinals, he is batting .261 with four homers and 36 runs batted in. The Cardinals were 17-11 in his absence.
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COMMENT: Defend Mozeliak all you want because of success at the start of his tenure, but as the litany of bad trades, bust free-agent signings, and ill-advised contract extensions mount, it’s clear Mo must go. No major in-season trades since 2014, horrible first-round picks (Nick Plummer, Delvin Perez), re-signing Matt Carpenter when he didn't need to, zero creativity, failure to promote deserving prospects who could help and the current poor roster, which he’s 100 percent responsible for.
QUESTION: This Cardinals team is just not very good, and most likely is going to miss the playoffs. Again. If they do miss the playoffs, what changes do you anticipate?
COMMENT: While Dallas Keuchel has been up-and-down since signing with the Braves, the Cardinals going to a four-man rotation right now is an admission that they are short a starter. When one of those four is a Hudson, who seems to be running on fumes, it appears they really missed the boat here.
COMMENT: The DeWitts are not in this to win championships every year, which would be a bonus. The DeWitts are in this to make money; championships comesecond. If you want to see significant change, then don’t buy a ticket. Listen to the game on the radio or FSM (if you can still get it). Fans can’t do much about this year, but when season tickets go on sale next year, that’s when you can make a difference.
QUESTION: With all this money tied up in vets, do you think it's realistic the Cardinals can sign Marcell Ozuna or any other big name free agent this offseason?
QUESTION: Looking ahead to 2020, Gerrit Cole would bring a lot of much needed certainty to the Cardinals rotation. Is there any chance the Cardinals would be able to get into the mix for him, what with all the dead-weight contracts it seems they have on the books?
QUESTION: So the Cards have struggled all year at the leadoff spot, have a guy in Memphis who’s been tearing it up leading off in Arozarena, yet they refuse to bring him up because they can’t guarantee he’d get adequate playing time? Meanwhile, Shildt keeps starting Tommy Edman in the outfield? Are fans just getting trolled by the front office here?
QUESTION: Will Dylan Carlson pass Nolan Gorman (above) as the Cardinals' top prospect by the end of the year?
QUESTION: What happened to the Cardinals being proactive? Walt Jocketty was a great GM, but they let him go because they realized the game was changing. I wonder now if they even realize there is something wrong with their current model.
QUESTION: Yadi is a great Cardinal and a franchise icon, but will he automatically get his starting job back when he is activated? Wieters has done fairly well and has HR power.
QUESTION: Tell me how the Blues improved their team? Their challenge will be making the playoffs — the Blues are a team made for the tight game of the playoffs, not the regular season. They're still too slow. No team ever repeats without improvements!
QUESTION: What do you think it takes to get Barbashev signed? The Blues don't have a whole lot of space left under the cap. There is speculation that Edmundson could be on the move to clear out his cap hit. What do you envision?
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QUESTION: I was in a bar wearing a Cardinals shirt and a patron asked me if I was a Blues fan. I said I am now. Are the Blues threatening the Cardinals as the favorite sports team in town?
QUESTION: Ryan O'Reilly has been rated the 12th-best center in the NHL. Do the Blues have any players rated in the top 5 at any position other than goalie?
QUESTION: Thanks for breaking up the summer routine with your Mizzou basketball column this week. The Tigers have a lot of upside potential this year due to their depth at the guard position. How does Coach keep the six of them happy with playing time?