It’s not exactly the kind of roster news expected from the Cardinals on the day of the non-waiver trading deadline, but it’s the only news there was Monday.
Stephen Piscotty has been activated from the disabled list prior to the beginning of a road Tuesday in Milwaukee, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Piscotty hit the shelf in mid-July with a right groin strain, and returns to a St. Louis outfield that grew more crowded in his absence.
Harrison Bader back to Class AAA.— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) July 31, 2017
Piscotty activated tomorrow for #Cardinals.
#STLCards are optioning OF Harrison Bader to Triple-A and activating Stephen Piscotty before Tuesday's game.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 31, 2017
Harrison Bader's spark of exuberance has been snuffed out for the time being, as he will be sent back to Memphis in a corresponding move. Even with Bader off the roster, it still leaves a full house for the Cardinals outfield. After the team held on to all major league talent through Monday’s deadline, Piscotty will join Tommy Pham, Randal Grichuk, Jose Martinez, and–once he returns from the DL–Dexter Fowler in a daily fight for three spots.
Piscotty has struggled this season after signing a contract extension in April. His .236/.348/.371 batting line is well below the production from his first year and a half in the big leagues, upon which the Cardinals based their six-year, $33.5 million commitment to Piscotty as their right fielder.
Based on recent performances of the outfield while Piscotty was gone, his addition sets up for what should be an interesting game of musical chairs in the St. Louis outfield the rest of the season.