Randal Grichuk has been limited to pinch-hitting duties — for the most part — since being activated from the disabled list on September 6. He did draw one start in center field on September 9 but couldn’t even make simple throws back into the infield, so the Cardinals haven’t tried that since.
But it does sound like he is finally nearing the point where he can return to everyday-player status.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Saturday that Grichuk has extended his pregame throwing to 90 feet. “Significant carry,” said the Cardinals skipper. “He’s about at that spot where he can hit a cutoff man wherever we put him in the outfield. As a viable option, he’s getting close.”
Grichuk, 23, boasts an .896 OPS (138 OPS+) with 16 home runs and 46 RBI in 92 games this season for the National League Central-leading Cardinals.