Rookie Aledmys Diaz, HBP on July 31, placed on 15-Day DL with fractured thumb
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A game St. Louis Cardinals fans will remember, Sunday July 31, rookie Aledmys Diaz was taken out of play when HBP by Miami Marlins Andrew Cashner during Diaz first at-bat. Not a horrific injury, first reported as a "contusion to his right thumb". Later determined there was a hairline fracture which placed him on the 15-Day DL. His absence, not only at the plate (.312 BA); but, in the field has definitely made a difference for the Cardinals. Even though the rookie has made his share of errors in the field as shortstop, those have been outweighed by his constant improvement and tremendous skill in the position. An eagle eye on line drives, speed, and accurate throws has been responsible for many double plays.
But, his bat ~ What was Cashner, formerly with the San Diego Padres, so afraid of on his recent watch with his new team? Aledmys Diaz.
Diaz has spent time at the Cardinals Jupiter, FL, complex working out as he has begun lower body strengthening exercises and will return to a running program this week. Also, while away, is sharing in parenting duties with his wife, caring for their newborn son, Nathan. He was with the team in the dugout last night and watched as the Cardinals fell to the Cincinnati Reds, 7-4, to split the series. He will be re-evaluated this coming Monday and, hopeful, he will be given a date to return to "active duty".
MID-INNING/LONG RELIEF TYLER LYONS
Cardinals LHP Tyler Lyons has been their "go to reliever" for mid-inning and long inning relief. He was apart of the Cardinals rotation last season for due to injuries in the rotation. He was phenomenal in his stand against the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching 4.1 innings in the Cardinals sixteen inning win.
He was top consideration as a sixth starter against the Miami Marlins, July 30. However, manager Mike Matheny made the decision to go with starter Jaime Garcia. Lyons followed in fourth for .02 IP, but gave up two earned runs while on the hill. Soon after, he was sent to DL with right knee stress reaction. In the past couple days, an announcement was made, 15-Day DL, as Lyons actually has a fracture to his right knee. With little information from Lyons' recent doctor's consultation (Chicago), Cardinals GM John Mozeliak did know that he received a platelet-rich plasma injection on Monday. However, Mozeliak did express concern regarding the remainder of the season for Lyons.
Report by Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com, per Lyons: "I'm going to be optimistic until they tell me otherwise," Lyons added. "Until there is either no time left or they tell me I'm gone, I plan on pitching again."
Two key players for the Cardinals unavailable and we have yet to be given a timetable as to their return.
CARDINALS DOWN AND UP
Of late, along with Diaz and Lyons, we have seen reliever Trevor Rosenthal (forearm/shoulder inflammation) placed on the DL. Along with the most recent, starter Michael Wacha with possible return of his 2014 injury, Scapular Stress injury. Back-up catch Brayan Pena has been moved back to the 60-Day DL, left knee stress which was surgically repaired this past Spring. His return is guesstimated the first portion of September. Brandon Moss, Jhonny Peralta and Matt Carpenter return from their stints on the DL in the past ten days. With the loss of Wacha and Pena's DL being extended, Cardinals called up top prospect RHP Alex Reyes for bullpen duty, who did make his debut in last night's game against the Reds. Cardinals #2 prospect RHP Luke Weaver who will replace Wacha in the rotation. Once again, the Cardinals have "The Next Man Up" to fill-in spots available on the roster.