LOS ANGELES -- Nearly three months after a quad injury derailed his chances at winning a spot on the Cardinals' Opening Day roster, outfielder Tommy Pham is ready to return to the field.
The Cardinals activated Pham from the 60-day disabled list on Friday and optioned him to Triple-A, where he will fit into the outfield mix along with Stephen Piscotty, Mike O'Neill and Rafael Ortega. Pham hit .324/.395/.481 over 104 games with Triple-A Memphis last season before finishing the year as a September call-up in St. Louis.
In order to clear a spot for Pham on the 40-man roster, the Cardinals transferred first baseman Matt Adams to the 60-day DL. Adams suffered a more serious quad strain in late May that could cost him the rest of the season.
Pham hurt his quad while chasing down a ball in left field in a March 13 exhibition game. At the time, the Cardinals expected Pham to return to the field within a few days. But he made little progress and eventually requested a second opinion after feeling continued tightness when he played in a Minor League spring game late in camp. He opened the year on the DL.
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