For the second time this season, the St. Louis Cardinals have called up outfielder Oscar Taveras from Triple-A Memphis. They optioned reliever Jorge Rondon, who was recalled Sunday and pitched in the Cardinals’ loss to the Dodgers, back to Triple-A to make room on the roster.
Taveras is expected to play every day in the outfield, with most of his starts presumably coming in right field, where struggling Allen Craig’s playing time will be reduced. Taveras still needs to prove himself as a big-league hitter, though, seeing as he hit .189/.225/.297 over his first 37 major-league at-bats earlier this month. As will always be the case with the extremely highly-touted 22-year-old, the pressure will be on for him to prove that he can be a superstar in the majors.
After returning to Memphis earlier this month, Taveras hit .292/.358/.417 with a homer and nine RBI over 13 games. The Cardinals will certainly be hoping that that positive performance gives him the confidence to get off to a good start in his second major-league stint.