Scruggs went 2-for-4 Thursday, scoring a run and walking once in Triple-A New Orleans' win over Omaha. Scruggs' two hits in the team's first game of the season matched his spring training total, however, it took him 26 fewer at-bats. He went 2-for-30 in the spring season, a stat line that suggests the 28-year-old will spend most of this season in the minors.
Scruggs signed a minor league contract with the Marlins on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Scruggs spent some time in the majors this season, but he wasn't able to do much at the plate even in the minors, slashing .238/.341/.410 with 103 strikeouts in 109 games with Triple-A Memphis. He does have some power but hasn't hit for average consistently enough to earn him an extended stay in the majors as of yet.
The Cardinals selected the contract of catcher Travis Tartamella from Triple-A Memphis on Monday. Tartamella has spent his entire career in the minors, batting just .203/.236/.246 over 40 games and 118 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis this season. The move was made following Yadier Molina's thumb injury, and he will now provide depth behind Tony Cruz and Ed Easley. Xavier Scruggs was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
The Cardinals optioned first baseman Xavier Scruggs to Triple-A Memphis before Saturday's game, the team announced. Scruggs hit .262 with seven RBI in 17 games with the Cardinals this year.
Xavier Scruggs gets his second straight start at first base on Sunday. Scruggs in in the starting lineup for the Cardinals. Scruggs has started four of the last eight games ahead of Mark Reynolds. He had three hits and two RBI in Saturday's game.