Cards promote Greenwood, option Grichuk

Cards promote Greenwood, option Grichuk

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CHICAGO, IL - MAY 04: Randal Grichuk #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals slides safely with a triple against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning on May 4, 2014 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele / BaseballStL | @elizabetheisele

KMOV.com

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 15 at 1:22 PM

(BaseballStL) -- The Cardinals are skipping Adam Wainwright's start Monday and instead opting to throw Carlos Martinez into the starting position. To accommodate the decision, the Redbirds promoted reliever Nick Greenwood from Triple-A Memphis.

"He just gets outs. He has above average breaking stuff and that makes him effective against lefties," Manager Mike Matheny described, "He’s also got good sink and good command and a good change up that will help him out with the right-handers." 

Greenwood, 26, has thrown 41.1 innings in Memphis with a 2.61 ERA and a microscopic WHIP of .968. The left-handed reliever has thrown 218 career minor league innings and was acquired via trade that send Ryan Ludwick to San Diego and Jake Westbrook to St. Louis. 

Matheny also said that of all the prospects to call up, Greenwood probably wasn't considered suspect number one.

"But he’s a guy who has consistently performed," he explained, "He is a guy that can consistently throw innings and get you outs and that’s what we’re looking for." 

To make room on the roster, the Cards demoted outfielder Randal Grichuk. Grichuk can not return to the Cardinals for 10 days, which leaves their bench short of power since the Cards are carrying 13 pitchers. 

The Redbirds have been hesitant to use Tony Cruz in a pinch hitting role, due to him being the only back-up catcher. That leaves Mark Ellis, Peter Bourjos and Daniel Descalso as the only players available off the bench.

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