Cards Activate Fowler, Option out Martinez

(photo: Dexter Fowler/USA TODAY Sports Images)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

Dexter Fowler (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to this evening’s (Friday’s) game that they have activated outfielder Dexter Fowler from the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jose Martinez to triple-A Memphis.

Fowler, 31, has missed 12 games on the D.L. with a right heel spur (June 25-July 6).  He ranks 2nd among St. Louis players with 40 runs scored and his 35 RBI rank 4th.  Fowler is currently batting .245 with 10 doubles, four triples and 13 home runs (2nd among STL hitters).

Martinez opened the season on the Major League roster for the first time in his career.  The right-handed hitter batted .280 with five home runs and 17 RBI this season and has appeared in 50 games.  Martinez has made 26 starts and has two outfield assists, coming in back-to-back games April 17 & 18 vs. Pittsburgh.  Martinez missed 17 games (May 7-28) earlier this season with a left groin injury.

Brian Walton’s take

Jose Alberto Martinez (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Interesting how times change. Back in March, Martinez was the Cardinals’ best hitter and when incumbent Tommy Pham did not hit, it was Martinez who came North with the team instead. Of course, that was spring training and these are real games.

Now Pham is entrenched as a semi-regular outfielder with Martinez the fifth option there and he is also not a viable choice at first base behind Luke Voit and Matt Carpenter. Hence, he was replaceable.

Memphis will need to remove a player from its active roster to make room for Martinez. Look for that transaction over the weekend when Martinez reports.

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