MLB notes: Oscar Taveras makes immediate impact for Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Oscar Taveras hits a home run against the San Francisco Giants at...

St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Oscar Taveras hits a home run against the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, May 31, 2014. (JEFF CURRY/USA Today)

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The St. Louis Cardinals called up prized prospect Oscar Taveras Saturday, and the 21-year-old delivered the winning run in a 2-0 game against the San Francisco Giants.

With a calf injury that placed first baseman Matt Adams on the 15-day disabled list, Taveras made the most of his MLB debut. Starting in right field and batting sixth, he hit a solo home run on Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit in the fifth inning.

Taveras is batting .325 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs at triple-A Memphis this season. General manager John Mozeliak has said that Taveras has the talent to play in the majors since the beginning of the season, but an ankle injury that cut his season short last year resurfaced in spring training and set him back.

The Cardinals also have a full outfield with Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay each getting significant playing time.

Adams’ injury, however, allows for Craig’s move to first base, where he may be better suited. The Cardinals also begin a seven-game stretch next week in American League parks, where they can use an extra bat in the lineup as a designated hitter.

“Oscar’s going to get an opportunity,” manager Mike Matheny said. “We’re going to see what he can do. You’re going to see Oscar in the lineup.”

Taveras won batting titles in the single-A Midwest League (.386) in 2011 and in the double-A Texas League (.321) in 2012. He also has a slugging percentage of .519 over six minor-league seasons.

In 209 plate appearances at Memphis, he has struck out just 25 times and walked 14 times.

TEIXEIRA AGGRAVATED

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins after aggravating his surgically-repaired right wrist.

Teixeira missed three games earlier this week with inflammation in the wrist.

Teixeira was pulled in favor of pinch hitter Brian Roberts in the fifth inning after striking out and grounding out in his first two at-bats.

Roberts took over at third base and Kelly Johnson moved over from third to first base.

After missing the Yankees’ three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Teixeira spent the team’s off-day Thursday visiting Dr. Keith Raskin, who performed Teixeira’s surgery last year.

Teixeira played just 15 games last year. This season, he is batting .242 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 128 at-bats over 37 games.

POSEY STAYS OUT

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was out of the lineup Saturday for the third straight game with nerve irritation in his lower back.

Hector Sanchez got the start against the St. Louis Cardinals, batting fifth in the lineup.

Posey also missed two other games earlier in the month due to the same injury. He is off to a slow start on offense, hitting just .254 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs.

BRIEFLY

The New York Yankees have shut down starting pitcher Michael Pineda after an MRI showed imflammation in his upper back, according to MLB.com. Pineda has been on the disabled list since May 6 with a Grade 1 strain of the teres major muscle... The New York Mets demoted right-hander Rafael Montero to triple-A Las Vegas. Daisuke Matsuzaka takes his place in the rotation.


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