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15 Randal Grichuk CF
Height/Weight: 6-1/195 | Birthdate: 8/13/1991 | Birthplace: Rosenberg, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 5/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Kolten Wong back in leadoff spot, Matt Adams at cleanup for Cards


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) With Peter Bourjos resting after facing left-hander Jonathon Niese, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny inserted second baseman Kolten Wong back in the leadoff spot Wednesday night against the Mets.

With Wong back in the leadoff spot, Matheny moved Randal Grichuk to the eighth spot. Matt Adams also returned to the lineup and is batting cleanup against Bartolo Colon and the Mets.

Wong is hitting .339 (21 for 62) with four homers and 13 RBI over his last 16 games. Adams is hitting .105 (4 for 38) with nine strikeouts over his last 13 games played.


Randal Grichuk gets three extra base hits in Cardinals' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Cardinals right fielder Randal Grichuk went 3 for 5 with three extra base hits in Tuesday's win over the Mets. 

Grichuk doubled twice, giving him four on the season. He added his first triple of the year and drove in three runs, giving him five. 

Grichuk scored once and is hitting .269.


Jason Heyward, Matt Carpenter out of Cardinals' lineup Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) With the Cardinals facing a left-hander on Tuesday, manager Mike Matheny has loaded his lineup with right-handed bats. Both Jason Heyward and Matt Carpenter will start the game on the bench, despite the fact that both men are hitting over .300 against southpaws this season. In fact, Heyward. is hitting better against lefties than righties (.368 vs. .196). 

Randal Grichuk will man right field and Pete Kozma is handling third base on Tuesday. Kolten Wong is the only left-handed bat in Matheny's starting lineup.


Peter Bourjos out of Cards' lineup Monday, Randal Grichuk gets CF nod


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/18/2015) Center fielder Peter Bourjos is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday in New York against the Mets, as the recently activated (back) Randal Grichuk will get the start in center, batting eighth. 

Grichuk began the season on the Cards' Opening Day roster but was shelved April 24 with a lower back strain. He was activated May 16 and is 2 for 5 since his return. 

Bourjos is hitting .160 (4 for 25) over his last eight games.

With Bourjos out of the lineup, second baseman Kolten Wong moves up to hit leadoff for just the third time this season.

"We'll keep feeling our way through it and hopefully somebody will take advantage of it, or nightly, somebody will take advantage of it," manager Mike Matheny said to MLB.com. "We have to find that good mix."


Cards activate Randal Grichuk, option Xavier Scruggs to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) The Cardinals officially activated outfielder Randal Grichuk (lower back strain) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned first baseman/outfielder Xavier Scruggs to Triple-A Memphis prior to Saturday's game against Detroit.

Grichuk, who was on the team's Opening Day roster, had been on the shelf since April 17. He hit .200 (2 for 10) with a home run and two RBI in six games played this season before landing on the DL. He will bat leadoff for the Cardinals on Saturday.


Cards move Grichuk to top of order, Bourjos eighth with Heyward off


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward was given the day off Saturday against left-hander David Price and the Tigers, per MLB.com. Heyward is hitting .143 (2 for 14) over his last four games, and .361 against left-handers this season.

With Heyward on the bench, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny inserted Randal Grichuk in right field at the leadoff spot, bumping center fielder Peter Bourjos from the top of the order to the No. 8 hole.

St. Louis is an underdog (+105) at home against Detroit, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals' Randal Grichuk collects two hits Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk picked up two hits in an extended spring training game Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Grichuk was supposed to begin game action Saturday, but his back tightened up during his travel to Florida. He went 2 for 10 in six games before hitting the disabled list in mid-April.


Cardinals' Grichuk back tightens up, misses scheduled outing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk did not participate in an extended spring training game Saturday as scheduled due to his back tightening up during his travel to Florida, MLB.com reports.

Grichuk has been on the disabled list since mid-April due to lower back tightness. He was able to take batting practice for the first time this week but will have the beginning of his game action delayed due to the setback.


Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk (back) takes BP Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk took batting practice on Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list on April 17 with a back injury. The next step for Grichuk is to head to the team's training facility in Jupiter, Fla. to play in extended spring training games starting Friday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Grichuk will likely head to Class A Palm Beach for a quick rehab assignment before returning to St. Louis, though he may be able to skip that step if all goes well. It has not been announced exactly when the Cardinals expect Grichuk to be activated from the DL.


Cardinals' Randal Grichuk not expected to return from DL Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The Cardinals are uncertain when Randal Grichuk will be cleared to start a minor-league rehab assignment, reports MLB.com. Grichuk, who has been on the disabled list since April 18 with a lower back strain, threw for the first time on Tuesday and has been hitting off a tee in his rehab. He will not come off the disabled list when eligible on Saturday.

Grichuck is hitting .200 with one home run and two RBI in 10 at-bats this season.


Cardinals' Randal Grichuk (back) begins throwing Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk said he threw Tuesday for the first time since injuring his back, CBS St. Louis reports.

It's getting better day by day," Grichuk said, per MLB.com. "I'm being careful, but off the tee I felt pretty good. I was probably giving it 75-80 percent."

Grichuk added that he's hit off a tee twice and expects to begin a rehab assigment soon. The outfielder hit the disabled list with a lower back strain in mid-April. He's not expected to be ready to come off the disabled list when first eligible on May 2.


Cardinals' Randal Grichuk may not be ready by early May


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk is on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain. He's eligible to come off on May 2, but he'll likely need longer than that. 

Manager Matt Matheny said that progress in Grichuk's rehab has been "slow", per MLB.com


Cardinals' Randal Grichuk (back) moving around well


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk is making progress in his recovery from a lower back strain, with manager Mike Matheny saying Wednesday that he's moving around well, the Associated Press reports.

Despite the positive news, Matheny said that the team has yet to discuss a potential rehab assignment for the recovering outfielder. On the disabled list since Friday, Grichuk is 2 for 10 with a home run and two RBI in six games.


Cards to reevaluate OF Randal Grichuck's workout routine after injury


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Following Randal Grichuck's lower back injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, the Cardinals will be reevaluating the outfielder's workout routine in order to minimize his chance of re-injury, per MLB.com. 

Grichuk hurt his back on Friday while performing squat exercises. 

"This one snuck up on him a couple times now," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He's going to have to do things, probably, radically different."


Cardinals place Randal Grichuck on DL with lower back strain


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) The Cardinals have placed outfielder Randal Grichuck on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain, reports MLB.com. The team will also call up Dean Anna to fill in the roster spot. Grichuck picked up the injury during a work out Friday doing squats and has been unavailable since.

"We're going to have to change the workout from here on out," Grichuk acknowledged. "It wasn't a lot of weight. That's what was the surprising part of it. I was doing two warmup sets, and on the second set, about the fourth rep, I went down, got all the way down and came up about 2-3 inches and I kind of felt it lock out, tighten up, whatever you want to call it. I knew something had happened then."

Grichuck is hitting .200 with one home run and two RBI in 10 at-bats this season.


Randal Grichuk homers in Cardinals' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Randal Grichuk hit a two-run home run in the second inning as the Cardinals led early but faltered, losing to the Reds, 5-4. 

Grichuk hit a 1-1 pitch to left center, giving the Cards a short-lived lead. 

'I gave up the home run to the No 8 batter there, and I felt like I wasn't doing my job,'' Reds starter Jason Marquis said.


Cardinals GM going to be patient with Grichuk in reserve role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) The Cardinals opted to keep outfield prospect Randal Grichuk on the Opening Day roster instead of send him to the minors, despite the fact he doesn't have a starting role. 

"I'm going to be patient with that," general manager John Mozeliak said, per MLB.com. "There's going to be a time when we look at that and make sure that we're not dwarfing his development because of lack of playing time. But I think the first thing we have to do is just let the season get going and see ultimately how he's being used."

A part of the reason the Cardinals kept Grichuk on the roster is he can play all three outfield positions. Grichuk was used in a similar bench role last season, but he admits he is better prepared to handle the job this time around.

"I learned that it's very tough," Grichuk said. "That's the first time I've ever been in that role, so I wasn't used to it and didn't know what to expect. I realized that you have to get your work in and prepare like you're starting every day. You have to be mentally focused on the game, watching the game, watching at-bats so when you're called in the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, you're ready."


Cardinals award Randal Grichuk, Pete Kozma final two bench spots


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Cardinals informed outfielder Randal Grichuk and Pete Kozma that they have earned the final two spots on St. Louis' bench, per MLB.com.

Grichuk is hitting .256/.373/.558 with four homers and 10 RBI over 43 at-bats this spring. Kozma .429/.432/.429 with five RBI over 42 at-bats in Grapefruit League play.

"We'll find out [Grichuk's potential]," manager Mike Matheny said, per the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "I think that's how we'll go about it. I see him just as a very valuable weapon offensively, defensively, and on the bases. Just another right-handed bat to give us those options. We're going to try to give him as much work as we possibly can. Just watching what he's done this spring couldn't imagine leaving Florida without him on our club."


Cardinals' Randal Grichuk blasts fourth homer of spring


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Trying to earn a spot on the Cardinals' Opening Day roster, Randal Grichuk continues to make his case through power hitting. After blasting a long home run in Sunday's loss to the Orioles, Grichuk now leads the team with four homers. 

The outfielder hit .245 with three homers in 47 games with the Cardinals last season, but blasted 25 dingers with Triple-A Memphis. His spring performance certainly has opened some eyes among the Cardinals' staff, according to MLB.com. 

"We're not denying that he looks better than he had in the past," manager Mike Matheny said. "That's always a good place for him to be."


Cardinals' Grichuk back in lineup after getting MRI on knee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk was back in the spring lineup Friday, a day after undergoing an MRI on his right knee, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He started in left field and hit third.

Grichuk had some swelling in his right knee, but he said the MRI revealed the swelling wasn't in the joint and it would have calmed down had he stopped playing or running.

Grichuk is batting .273 (6 for 22) with one double, three home runs and six RBI in 10 spring games.


Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk looks to improve against righties


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk is working to improve his hitting against right-handed pitchers.

During the offseason, Grichuk would actually set up pitching machines to throw him right-handed sliders and curveballs.

"I wanted to train my eye to see it," he explained. "You just have to get used to seeing the curveball and slider running away from you a little bit."

Grichuk started last season almost exclusively against lefties due to his struggles against right-handers.

"I think it kind of got in my head last year," Grichuk said. "I didn't put together good at-bats [against righties] early and did against lefties. This year I'm going to be comfortable off both sides and really focus on having good quality at-bats and making sure it's in the zone and not chasing."


Cardinals' Grichuk (back) set to get into spring game Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Friday outfielder Randal Grichuk, who has been slowed by lower back soreness, is expected to play in Saturday's spring game against the Nationals, per MLB.com.

Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk (back) cleared to resume workouts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk got the green light to resume workouts Monday after being sidelined a few days with a back injury, per St. Louis Baseball Weekly.

Cardinals' Randal Grichuk begins swinging bat


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk started to take swings off a tee, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Grichuk has been dealing with a sore lower back, but plans to return to full workouts Monday after missing three days because of the injury.


Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk will return from back issue Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk skipped Thursday's workouts with a sore, but is expected to rejoin the club on Friday for another workout, reports MLB.com. Grichuk is battling for a reserve outfield position behind Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Jason Heyward this spring. He hit .245/.278/.400 in 47 games last season.