Huffman was demoted Sunday to Triple-A Memphis.
Huffman saw limited playing time in the three weeks he spent in St. Louis, but went 4-for-14 with 15 plate appearances that almost all came in a pinch-hitting role. At this point in his career, the 32-year-old is likely not much more than organizational depth. Now, he will return to the minors, where he raked the previous two years with 21 home runs and 91 RBI in 165 games.
Huffman's contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.
Huffman has demolished Triple-A hitting the past two years with 21 home runs and 91 RBI in 165 games, so he'll head to the big leagues to try to provide a jolt to the Cardinals offense. He has the ability to play first base and the corner outfield spots, although he likely projects more as a bench bat unless he takes off at the plate in his second career big-league stint. To make room for him on the active roster, John Gant was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Huffman (hand) is back in action for Triple-A Memphis and is slashing .282/.387/.474 with two homers and an 11:10 K:BB through 78 at-bats.
Huffman left a game May 6 after being hit on the hand by a pitch, but he returned May 12 and has continued his strong start for the Redbirds. He'll stick with Memphis for the time being, though he could earn a promotion to the big club if injuries continue to strike the outfield.
Huffman left Saturday's game with Triple-A Memphis after being hit on the hand by a pitch, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Not much is known about the injury at this time other than it was enough to warrant removal from the contest. Prior to Saturday's game, the 32-year-old was batting .279 with a pair of home runs in 23 games with the Redbirds.
Huffman was reassigned to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The 31-year-old had signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Nov. 15 and struggled in spring training, hitting .222 with just one extra-base hit over 43 plate appearances. Huffman's extensive minor-league career dates back to 2006, and he posted a solid .286/.387/.505 line with 33 doubles, five triples, 17 home runs and 70 RBI for Triple-A Toledo in the Tigers organization in 2016. He's capable of playing the corner outfield spots and could conceivably make a return to the big-league roster in 2017 if injuries strike in the outfield.
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