Grichuk is not in the starting lineup for the Cardinals on Friday. Grichuk has struggled at the plate lately, gathering just three hits in his last 19 at-bats. Tommy Pham will lead off and play center field for the Cardinals on Friday, who will face Dodgers right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy. Grichuk should be back in the lineup tomorrow against Kenta Maeda.
Grichuk is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Padres. He has been on fire since getting recalled from Triple-A on July 5, hitting .342 with four homers over 38 at-bats. However, after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Game 1 Wednesday, he will make way for Tommy Pham in center field for Game 2.
Grichuk went 2-for-4 with a double and with a solo homer Friday against the Marlins. Grichuk launched his 11th bomb of the year in the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie in a game the Cards would go on to win. He's now left the yard three times in his last five games to raise his slugging percentage to .443.
Grichuk will start in center field and bat leadoff Friday against the Marlins. With Matt Carpenter (oblique) on the DL, manager Mike Matheny has experimented with the likes of Greg Garcia and Tommy Pham atop the order, and he will give Grichuk a look in the leadoff role Friday against lefty Wei-Yin Chen. It marks Grichuk's second start in the top spot this season and fourth of his career. Grichuk has gone 9-for-22 with two homers and just two strikeouts since his return from the minors but is just 12-for-71 (.169 average) against left-handed pitching this season.
Grichuk went 2-for-3 with a home run Thursday versus Pittsburgh. The outfielder has now recorded a hit in each of the three games since being recalled Tuesday. He's 5-for-8 with two runs during the streak. His spot on the roster is tentative as he was only brought back after Brandon Moss (ankle) was placed on the 15-day DL.