From Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish comes word that the Cardinals have cut ties with outfielder Shane Robinson, a fifth-round pick from the 2006 draft who has appeared in a total of 268 major league games.
Robinson set records at Florida State University and has produced promising numbers at the upper levels of the minor leagues, but the 30-year-old batted just .150/.227/.200 across 66 plate appearances this past season for St. Louis and he is a weak .231/.303/.308 career hitter in parts of five big league campaigns.
Monday’s acquisition of Jason Heyward made Robinson all the more expendable.
He’s a pretty good defender and should be able to find a new organization quickly.
Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson injured his left shoulder sliding into second base in the ninth inning Monday night and will travel back to St. Louis for further examination.
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals think Robinson suffered a partially dislocated shoulder, with manager Mike Matheny saying that “it looks like it’s in pretty bad shape.”
Now that Matheny has come to his senses regarding rookie Oscar Taveras’ playing time Robinson was likely to spend most of September on the bench anyway, but he’s been a decent backup outfielder for St. Louis during the past three seasons and offers a lot of speed in situational roles.
When the Cardinals traded Allen Craig to the Red Sox for John Lackey the assumption was that the move had two goals for St. Louis: One was to bring in rotation help with Lackey and the other was to clear an everyday spot in the outfield and the lineup for stud prospect Oscar Taveras.
However, now the 22-year-old rookie is struggling with a .206 batting average and .530 OPS through 45 games and it seems as though manager Mike Matheny has decided to bench him. And it’s not the first time, as Matheny has previously held Taveras out of the lineup more often than Cardinals fans would like, before and after the Craig trade.
With a right-handed pitcher on the mound for the Padres in Tyson Ross the Cardinals have the left-handed-hitting Taveras on the bench for the second straight game in favor of the right-handed-hitting Shane Robinson.
Robinson is a 29-year-old career .232 hitter with a .615 OPS who has barely been able to stick around with the Cardinals as a fifth outfielder, so clearly something is up. Taveras, who was Baseball America’s third-ranked prospect both this season and last season, hit .318 with an .872 OPS at Triple-A this year.
With David Freese gone and Matt Carpenter shifting to third base, Kolten Wong was handed the Cardinals’ second base job this spring. He just lost it: after hitting a mere .225/.276/.268 with five RBI in his first 20 games, the Cardinals have sent him down to Triple-A Memphis.
The Cardinals sent Shane Robinson down too and, to take his and Wong’s places on the roster, called up outfielder Randal Grichuk and infielder Greg Garcia. Grichuk has been raking in the minors and can play all three outfield positions. Garcia will provide depth, with Mark Ellis presumably now getting all the time at second base.
Lineups for Game 6 at Fenway Park …
2B Matt Carpenter
RF Carlos Beltran
LF Matt Holliday
DH Allen Craig
C Yadier Molina
1B Matt Adams
3B David Freese
CF Jon Jay
SS Daniel Descalso
SP Michael Wacha
With a right-hander on the mound Cardinals manager Mike Matheny goes back to his usual lineup, which means Carlos Beltran batting second and Jon Jay starting over Shane Robinson in center field. Allen Craig is at designated hitter and in the cleanup spot and Pete Kozma is on the bench in favor of Daniel Descalso at shortstop.
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz
1B Mike Napoli
LF Jonny Gomes
RF Shane Victorino
3B Xander Bogaerts
SS Stephen Drew
C David Ross
SP John Lackey
Shane Victorino is in the lineup again after recovering from back problems, which means Daniel Nava is on the bench again in favor of Jonny Gomes against a right-handed pitcher. David Ross draws another start behind the plate over Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Xander Bogaerts keeps starting at third base over Will Middlebrooks.