It’s safe to say that almost nothing has gone right for the St. Louis Cardinals this season.
After being expected to win the NL Central by most, the team has stumbled out of the gates and now sits at the bottom of the National League with a 10-22 record.
Fans who have been frustrated with the team’s poor performance have been hoping and praying for some level of change to get them going in the right direction.
There have been few moves made by the Cardinals recently.
However, they’ll be getting an offensive reinforcement on Friday ahead of their three-game series against the Detroit Tigers.
According to Katie Woo of The Athletic, St. Louis is calling up first baseman and outfielder Juan Yepez from Triple-A Memphis.
Sounds like the Cardinals are calling up Juan Yepez today ahead of their three-game series against the Tigers. Corresponding move TBA. #STLCards
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) May 5, 2023
Woo notes that the corresponding move is not yet known.
However, having Yepez back gives the Cardinals a key power bat from the right side of the plate who can be used as a designated hitter against left-handed pitchers if Nolan Gorman sits.
Gorman was pulled from Thursday’s game with a back issue, so it’s possible that he could land on the injured list.
It’s also possible that utility infielder Taylor Motter could be sent back down to Triple-A.
Yepez is hitting .229 in Memphis with three home runs and 14 RBI.
The 25-year-old made his MLB debut last season in May.
Despite his low batting average, he is reaching base at a .308 clip.
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