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Much-discussed outfielder Randy Arozarena has been brought up by the Cardinals to join them Tuesday night in Kansas City, but it comes at the expense of losing veteran outfielder Jose Martinez to the injured list with a right AC joint sprain.

At the same time, the Cardinals also announced they were activating catcher Yadier Molina (right thumb tendon strain) from the injured list and optioning catcher Andrew Knizner to Class AAA Memphis.

Arozarena, a 24-year Cuban native, has batted .349 with 10 home runs and 16 stolen bases while playing both at Class AA Springfield and Class AAA Memphis this year.

At Memphis, Arozarena had reached base safely in 37 consecutive games, including hitting for the cycle, and he hit .368 with a .442 on-base percentage and .568 slugging percentage for the Redbirds. The Memphis numbers made Arozarena a monthlong fixation of Cardinals fans who have been frustrated by the the major-league team's offensive struggles.

Arozarena will wear uniform No. 66. He joins the club's 40-man roster with his purchase from Memphis. That roster had been at 39.

Martinez injured his shoulder when he banged into the wall chasing a fly ball on Sunday. He is hitting .266 with 10 homers and 40 runs batted in.

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The 37-year-old Molina was placed on the IL on July 8 for the second time because of the thumb injury he first incurred in May. The nine-time All-Star and Rawlings Gold Glove winner was three for 20 with a home run in eight games during a rehabilitation stint at Memphis and Springfield.

With the Cardinals, he is batting .261 with four homers and 36 runs batted in. The Cardinals were 17-11 in his absence.

CARDINALS FIRE BUDASKA

In a two-sentence news release, the Cardinals announced Monday afternoon that assistant hitting coach Mark Budaska has been fired. He will be replaced for the remainder of the season by Jobel Jimenez, who was the hitting coach for Class AAA Memphis.

Buadska, 66, was the hitting coach at Memphis from 2008-18. He served as the Cardinals' interim hitting coach for the second half of the 2018 season after John Mabry was fired, and this season was the assistant under first-year Cardinals hitting coach Jeff Albert.

The Cardinals rank near the bottom of the National League this season in multiple offensive categories.

Rick Hummel

@cmshhummel on Twitter

rhummel@post-dispatch.com

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