Since his recall from the minors in early July,
Taveras is batting just .190 with one home run and five RBI in his first 25 games as a major leaguer and hasn't delivered the results the Cardinals were looking for from the highly touted prospect.
However, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the team hasn't lost faith in the rookie outfielder getting on track offensively.
"We haven't seen the Oscar Taveras we know is there," Matheny told MLB Network Radio Tuesday. "It's been slow coming, but it will be here at some point."
Struggling right fielder
Taveras has just 10 hits in 55 at-bats this season and is 3 for 18 since his promotion. He has just one home run and four RBI.
He replaced Matt Holliday for one game and Allen Craig for another, and most encouraging of all, he even got a start in center field with ground ball-oriented Adam Wainwright on the mound.
Playing him seems to be a priority for the
Keep him stashed in all leagues.
"We’re trying to generate some offense," Matheny said. "I don’t think this is going to be exactly like we saw before when we had him up where it was, 'Here you go, you’re going to be in there every day.' But we’re going to have to find some considerable time for him."
Taveras' promotion means
"I think it’s going to be shared around," Matheny said. "We’re not ruling out an occasional day in centerfield if things line up perfectly with the right style pitcher that we think is going to produce more groundballs, depending on the field. For example, the park here in San Francisco is not very conducive to a non-centerfielder who plays centerfield. It’s a big yard to cover. We’re not ruling out that’s an option.
"We’re also going to try and get everybody else a day here and there and kind of spread it around. We’re going to try and be as creative as possible to get him playing time and make sure our other guys are getting the time that they deserve as well."
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|7/22/2014 vs Tampa Bay|
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|vs Odorizzi (Career)||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Last 7 Games|
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|2010||R-Johnson City Cardina||53||211||39||68||13||3||8||43||12||41||8||5||.362||.526||.322|
|2011||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||78||308||52||119||27||5||8||62||32||52||1||4||.444||.584||.386|
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