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NL Central: Stephen Piscotty optioned to Triple-A

Check out what’s going on in the National League Central.

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With Dexter Fowler coming off the disabled list on Monday, the Cardinals made yet another bold move, optioning their Opening Day right fielder, Stephen Piscotty, to Triple-A Memphis. Piscotty is the third member of the Opening Day lineup to be sent to the minors this season, joining left fielder Randal Grichuk and shortstop Aledmys Diaz, and that doesn’t even factor in third baseman Jhonny Peralta, who was designated for assignment in June.

Piscotty, who has posted a .270/.346/.443 slash line through 1,196 big-league appearances, has struggled for the entirety of this season, hitting .232/.340/.362 with six homers in 291 plate appearances. He’s been on the disabled list twice—first for a strained hamstring, then a strained groin—while also dealing with a very difficult off-the-field situation as his mother battles ALS.

Despite the fact that the 26-year-old has been outplayed by Jose Martinez and Tommy Pham this season, the Cardinals will certainly be hoping that he can work out his struggles in the minor leagues, as they just signed him to a six-year contract worth $33.5 million in April.

Here’s what else is happening in the National League Central: