8/13 GDT: Cardinals(Flaherty)@Royals(Sparkman) 7:15PMCT

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Cardinals @ Royals
7:15 PM CT - August 13, 2019
Kauffman Stadium - Kansas City, MO
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The Cardinals are making some big roster moves before Tuesday's series opener against the Royals. Yadier Molina is finally back with the team -- and outfield prospect Randy Arozarena is joining the big league club for the first time.

St. Louis will activate Molina from the 10-day injured list, the team announced, after the veteran catcher missed more than a month with a right thumb tendon strain. The Cardinals are also calling up their No. 12 prospect Arozarena, who was raking at Triple-A Memphis.

Arozarena was hitting .368/.442/.562 with seven homers, eight stolen bases and a 1.004 OPS in 52 games at Memphis. In 80 Minor League games overall between Double-A Springfield and Memphis, the 24-year-old Cuban native was hitting .349/.435/.547 with 10 homers and 16 steals.

In his last 10 games with the Redbirds, he was batting .371 (13-for-35) and was riding a 37-game on-base streak before Sunday’s game with 15 multi-hit games during that span. He became the third Redbird in franchise history to hit for the cycle on July 26 and accomplished the feat in his first four at-bats.

“He’s done a lot of what he needs to do offensively,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said on Friday. “He’s got a really high OPS. ... Defensively, he’s capable, we’ve seen that. There’s nothing else he really needs to be able to prove. “

Arozarena will wear No. 66 and fills the last spot on the Cardinals' 40-man roster.

But Arozarena's callup comes with some bad news -- he's replacing Jose Martinez, who will be placed on the 10-day IL with a right shoulder AC joint sprain. Martinez hurt his shoulder in Sunday's game when he bumped into the outfield wall making a catch on Elias Diaz's deep fly ball. He exited the game in the top of the fifth inning.

Surrounding Arozarena in the past month was simply the question as to when the outfielder will be called up, and now that question shifts to how he slots into the lineup. The Cardinals have had to juggle a surplus of outfielders while also finding solutions to a recent slumping offense. Based on his numbers, Arozarena could be part of the solution.

Dexter Fowler has been playing in center field since Harrison Bader’s demotion to Triple-A on July 29, while Tommy Edman -- who is normally an infielder -- and Martinez split time in right field. Edman, who went 7-for-13 over the Cardinals' weekend sweep of the Pirates, could find more time in right field. Or it could be that Fowler will move back to right, Edman to the infield and Lane Thomas -- who hit a grand slam in a rare start Sunday -- and Arozarena split some time in center field.

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Don Denkinger is still alive.

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Runs for Flaherty, please. Thank you in advance.

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Hard to believe Jack is nowhere near 10 wins.. Run support, you crusty barnacles.

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Randy A, up today. Randy A, up today. I'd bat him lead off.

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