Hot-hitting Grichuk brought back from Memphis
Outfielder ranks fifth in PCL in slugging; Robinson sent down to Triple-A
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals recalled rookie outfielder Randal Grichuk from Memphis and optioned outfielder Shane Robinson to the Triple-A club on Friday.
The 22-year-old Grichuk hit his team-leading 10th home run on Tuesday and was batting .315 with 32 RBIs for the Pacific Coast League club. He is ranked fifth in the PCL in slugging percentage (.589), including an outstanding .941 mark against left-handed pitching. The right-handed-hitter batted .451 in 51 at-bat against southpaws.
Grichuk, a Gold Glove winner last season in the Double-A Texas League, has been flawless in the field this season, playing all three outfield positions, but he has spent the majority of his time in center field.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Rosenberg, Texas, native was acquired last offseason in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels. He was the Angels' first-round Draft selection (No. 24 overall) in 2009, ahead of Mike Trout.
Grichuk made his Major League debut earlier this season, appearing in nine games for the Cardinals and making four starts. He went 3-for-21 with a double and triple.