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Cardinals option Stephen Piscotty to minors

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that outfielder Dexter Fowler had been activated from the disabled list and to make room for him on the team’s 25 man roster, outfielder Stephen Piscotty has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

Fowler, who has been on the disabled list since July 25th with a left forearm strain, had been hitting .200/.313/.225 in the 11 games between the All Star Break and his placement on the disabled list. It concluded Fowler’s second stint on the disabled list in the past month and a half.

He is in the lineup tonight batting sixth.

For Piscotty, this can’t be the way that he imagined his 2017 going after signing a 6 year, $33.5 million extension in April. He is hitting .232/.340/.362 with 6 HR and a 90 wRC+ overall this season. That wRC+ represents a 25 point decline from the 115 wRC+ he put up last season and a 43 point decline from the 133 wRC+ he put up in 2015 following his MLB debut.

He took time away from the team in May to be with his mother who had been diagnosed with ALS and upon his return looked like he was getting his season pointed in the right direction, hitting .271/.385/.469 with 4 HR and a 120 wRC+ in June.

But he would go cold in July, hitting .171/.216/.200 with an 11 wRC+ in July before going on the disabled list with a right groin strain. Upon his return August 1st, he hasn’t fared much better, hitting .176/.222/.235 in six games so far in August.

The move is big for the Cardinals  because they’ve had troubles with keeping their young players pointed in the right direction at the plate this season. Three of their eight Opening Day position players (Randal Grichuk, Aledmys Diaz, and now Piscotty) have spent time in Memphis to get right at the plate.

Jon Doble has been writing about the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010. You can follow him on Twitter at @JonDobleRBD, find him as R27 at RedbirdTalk.com and you can hear him co-host The UCB Podcast every fourth Wednesday night of the month. Redbird Dugout is a member of the United Cardinal Bloggers.

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