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Cards activate Adams, option Taveras

<p>The St. Louis Cardinals activated first baseman Matt Adams off the 15-day disabled list and optioned prized prospect Oscar Taveras to Triple-A Memphis on Friday.</p>

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals activated first baseman Matt Adams off the 15-day disabled list and optioned prized prospect Oscar Taveras to Triple-A Memphis on Friday.

Adams hasn't played since exiting a loss to the Yankees on May 28 with a left calf strain. The 25-year-old was leading the Cardinals with a .325 batting average, while also providing three home runs, 16 doubles and 17 RBI in 52 games. Adams' average ranks fifth in the National League.

Taveras made his major league debut on May 31 and homered in his first at-bat, but went just 7-for-37 in 11 games with St. Louis.

Signed by the Cardinals in 2008 out of the Dominican Republic, Taveras was rated by Baseball America as the club's top prospect each of the past two years. He has a career .321 batting average in the minors.

The Cardinals host the Nationals in the opener of a three-game set on Friday.

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