Grichuk optioned to Memphis as Cards promote Pham -

Grichuk optioned to Memphis as Cards promote Pham

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(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS -- A day after Kolten Wong made his return to St. Louis, another struggling young bat was demoted.

Randal Grichuk, hitting just .206 in 62 games, was swapped out for outfielder Tommy Pham Saturday.

Pham had been in the minors since nearly the beginning of the year, breaking camp with the big club but pulling his oblique muscle in the season’s first game.

He came off the DL on May 17 and was sent to Memphis to get back into rhythm.

After a streaky set of games (he hit just .218 in June) Pham homered in back-to-back contests against the Nashville Sounds and Iowa Cubs.

With Grichuk going 0-for-3 Friday night, and Wong’s trip south netting such positive returns, the club decided to give their center fielder regular playing time down south.

Pham brings a similar skill set as the recently-optioned Jeremy Hazelbaker, offering plus fielding and high-end speed in addition to some power.

Last season, the Las Vegas native hit .268 with an OPS of .824 in 52 games with the Cardinals. He had seven doubles, five triples and five home runs.

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