Cardinals Recall Robinson, Option out Gallegos

photo: Drew Robinson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

Drew Robinson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s (Monday, April 15) series opener in Milwaukee that they have recalled infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson from Memphis (AAA) and optioned right-handed pitcher Giovanny Gallegos to the triple-A Redbirds.

Robinson was on the Cardinals Opening Day roster and appeared in three games (0-for-3) before being optioned to Memphis on April 4.   The left-handed hitting Robinson appeared in nine games for Memphis, batting .229 (8-for-35) with 2 RBI.  He wears uniform No. 33.

Gallegos, who posted his first Major League win last week, worked 1/3 of an inning in relief yesterday in Monterrey, Mexico, as he became the first Mexican-born Cardinals player to take part in a regular season game played in his homeland.

The Cardinal also returned infielder/outfielder Yairo Muñoz, the team’s 26th man in the Mexico Series, to Memphis following yesterday’s game.

Brian Walton’s take

Giovanny Gallegos (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Two immediate thoughts came to mind.

One is that I was surprised how fast this move was made after the Monterrey series ended. Hopefully, Gallegos was there because it was believed he deserved to be and not for marketing and perception reasons.

My other thought is that Robinson (coincidentally recalled on Jackie Robinson Day across MLB) has done little with either St. Louis or Memphis this season. Not mentioned above is his four errors in nine Triple-A games, including at least one miscue at all three positions played – second base, short (two errors in just 14 chances) and his most common position with the Redbirds, center field.

Then, the light went on. The Cardinals are currently short-handed in center, with Harrison Bader already having sat out two games with a groin injury. While the club waits and apparently hopes to avoid a move to the injured list for their starter, they now have another center fielder on the roster to back up temporary starter Tyler O’Neill.

When reliever Luke Gregerson, now at Springfield, completes his rehab assignment, it will be interesting to see if the Cardinals return to 13 pitchers on their 25-man roster (by sending Robinson down again?) or handle the addition of the veteran right-handed reliever in another manner.

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