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Tommy Pham

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MLB: Cardinals

After injuries to starting outfielders Stephen Piscotty and Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals were forced to call up Tommy Pham. He was inserted into the lineup the day he arrived, and has not yet been removed, making the most of the opportunity.

Minor League Numbers

After this year’s Spring Training, the Cardinals elected Jose Martinez, as their fourth outfielder.  Coming in behind Martinez, was Tommy Pham.  This meant Pham had to start the season in Triple-A.

In 25 games at Memphis, Pham hit .283, with four home runs, and 19 RBI.  He also posted an .871 OPS, and stole six bases.  His early numbers, and past experience, made it an easy decision, whom to bring up, when the starters went down.

The Tommy Pham Impact

Since joining the team in Atlanta, Pham has made three consecutive starts in the Cardinals outfield.  Although he has been in the bottom of the lineup, his bat has been nothing short of impactful.  He has gone 6-12, with three home runs, and five RBI, already.  Two of his home runs came in the same game, on Sunday.  The second of which, was a go-ahead, two-run, 14th inning blast, that secured the Cardinals victory.

After struggling with contact lens issues, and not hitting particularly well in past years, Pham appears to have things figured out.  He looks poised to solidify his role with the big club, and with Grichuk and Piscotty struggling, he may find himself consistently in the lineup.  Pham may also be able to move to the his case for fourth outfielder, after Martinez went down with an injury.

Injury Updates

Since the Piscotty and Fowler injuries, Martinez has been added to the 10 day DL.  Jose injured his groin, in Saturday’s game, and it is unclear how long he will be unavailable.

No more news has come from the Piscotty situation, though he will be sidelined until mid-May. As for Fowler, he will likely be in the lineup as early as Tuesday.  He did pinch hit Sunday, and at this point, a stint on the DL seems very unlikely.

Jhonny Peralta will be finishing up his rehab assignment soon, and could join the team in Miami this week.  Although he hit just .250 in his eight games, he, apparently, has looked strong and close to 100 percent.