Grichuk went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs, a walk and three runs in Triple-A Memphis' win over Round Rock on Sunday.
There was talk of a call-up back to the big-league squad for Grichuk several days ago, but he remains with the Redbirds for the time being. He's in the midst of a solid stretch of hitting, going 6-for-20 with a double and three solo shots over his last five games. However, with the outfield trio of Tommy Pham, Dexter Fowler and Stephen Piscotty firmly entrenched at the major-league level, Grichuk appears destined to continue refining his offensive game at Memphis for the time being.
Grichuk, who's slashed .267/.267/.333 with a double and RBI over three games with Triple-A Memphis, could be called up at some point in the next several days, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The outfielder was jettisoned to the minors back on May 29 to rework his swing after a rough start to the season. Grichuk spent a few days receiving one-on-one instruction before getting in one game with High-A Palm Beach and eventually progressing to Memphis. He's slashed .278/.316/.444 over four minor-league games overall and could serve as the designated hitter for this coming weekend's interleague series against the Orioles if he is indeed summoned.
Grichuk was promoted to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday, Derrick Goold of the St. Loius Post-Dispatch reports.
Grichuk will move to Memphis after playing just two games with High-A Palm Beach; he went 1-for-5 there with a walk and a strikeout. He'll continue to rework his hitting approach at Triple-A as he hopes to rejoin the big club sometime in 2017.
Grichuk, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple, a walk and a run in his first game with High-A Palm Beach on Sunday, will be promoted to a higher level in the organization later in the week according to general manager John Mozeliak, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Grichuk has been attempting to rework his approach at the plate at High-A Palm Beach since May 29 after a ragged start to his 2017 major-league campaign. The outfielder could potentially make the jump to Triple-A Memphis, although Double-A Springfield presumably remains a possibility as well. The least likeliest landing spot at present would be the big-league club, as Mozeliak notes there is not currently a need for another body in the outfield.
Grichuk will start seeing game action at High-A Palm Beach on Sunday, as he has been confined to individual instruction since his arrival on May 29, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.
This is a pretty rare set of circumstances for a fairly established big leaguer, and it speaks to how displeased the Cardinals were in Grichuk's approach at the plate. They are clearly not looking for a quick fix here, and may be committed to keeping him in the minors for an extended period of time, or at least until he can start to show real improvements over the extremely aggressive approach (54:12 K:BB in 46 games) that landed him at High-A.
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