Garcia, starting at second base for the injured Kolten Wong, connected for his first home run of the season in the sixth inning on Sunday. Garcia will continue to be part of the group that fills in for Wong while he is out, but he doesn't offer much in the way of offensive pop. The run he drove in on Sunday was just his third in 83 plate appearances this year.
DeJong became the 119th player in major league history to hit a home run in his first at-bat, the 20th as a pinch hitter, doing it on the same day he was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. He connected for a solo shot off Rockies closer Greg Holland on just the second pitch he saw. DeJong was called up to replace an injured Kolten Wong, bringing a versatile glove with him. Apparently the pop he showcased in the minors is real, too. He hit a team-high 11 home runs before being recalled. DeJong is expected to fill in at multiple positions along the St. Louis infield.
Gyorko got St. Louis on the board with the first of the Cardinals' four solo home runs on the day. Gyorko's eighth blast of the year came in the sixth inning off German Marquez to cut the Rockies' lead to three. It was just Gyorko's second home run in his last 21 games, but he's managed to still be productive while batting in the heart of the Cardinal lineup. He leads the team with a .322 average and his 21 RBI ranks second.
Arroyo sat out Saturday as well, and manager Bruce Bochy later announced that the infielder was receiving scheduled days off. That break will continue into Sunday, where Eduardo Nunez will draw the start at first base.
He's struggled since coming off the disabled list, compiling a .163/.294/.302 line in 51 plate appearances. Freese decided against going on a rehab stint after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, perhaps contributing to his woes. More likely, the 34-year-old is simply regressing after hitting .321 in April. He continues to start nearly every day at third base for the Bucs.
Garcia will start his second straight game in favor of Kolten Wong, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday due to an elbow strain. Look for Garcia to see extra reps for the duration of Wong's absence, though he'll have to hold off the recently recalled Paul DeJong for playing time as well. There's little fantasy upside with Garcia, who owns a career .735 OPS with only five home runs in 441 plate appearances.
DeJong will get the call in the wake of infielder Kolten Wong's placement on the disabled list due to an elbow strain. Though Greg Garcia will draw the start Sunday against the Rockies, DeJong is a candidate to see reps at the keystone for the duration of Wong's absence. Over 170 at-bats at Memphis this year, DeJong owns a .873 OPS with a team-high 11 home runs. He's seen reps at second, third and shortstop this season, so the 23-year-old's versatility could come in handy if any other St. Louis regulars need a day off.
The utility infielder was penciled into the lineup at the last minute in place of Kolten Wong, though no reasoning has been given for the change as of yet. Garcia is hitting .274/.384/.339 this season in limited playing time.
Gillaspie was initially hoping to return before June, though It's unclear if that will happen anymore. More should be known after the Giants release the results of his tests.
Arroyo has endured a tough month at the plate thus far -- slashing just .180/.245/.258 across 24 games (98 plate appearances) -- prompting Bochy to give the youngster at least a couple days to catch his breath, clear his mind and work on some things. Look for Arroyo to rejoin the Giants lineup for Monday's series opener against the Nationals.