Feb 17, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras (77) leaves the batting cage during spring training at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals' Oscar Taveras optioned to Triple A

It’s official – the Cardinals’ top prospect will not make his Major League debut on the Opening Day roster.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have officially optioned outfielder Oscar Taveras to Triple-A Memphis. Taveras had been bothered lately with a strained hamstring. The injury had kept him out of Spring Training games recently, and Goold writes that the team cannot wait for him to get healthy just for an ‘in-case’ spot in Mike Matheny’s outfield.

Taveras, 21-years old, has been the number two or three rated prospect, depending on the publication, for the last two years. In five seasons in the minors, Taveras is a .320/.377/.518 hitter and is a great defensive asset. The Cardinals will definitely have Allen Craig, Matt Holliday, John Jay, and trade acquisition Peter Bourjos on the 25-man roster as outfielders. A fifth outfield spot could go to Shane Robinson, who is having a strong spring thus far.

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