(Busch Stadium) After a bout of feeling nauseous forced him to leave last night’s game in the 4th inning, Matt Carpenter is back in the starting lineup tonight for the St. Louis Cardinals.
“We texted back and forth this morning,” shared Mike Shildt. “One of those 24-hour bugs that got him. Feeling better and able to hold some food down. Clearly, if he has a regression, we’ll deal with that but he’s ready to go. All systems go.”
Carpenter will play third base as Matt Adams gets the nod at first base, his first home start since being claimed off waivers by the Cardinals on August 21st.
3B Matt Carpenter
C Yadier Molina
RF Jose Martinez
1B Matt Adams
LF Tyler O’Neill
SS Paul DeJong
2B Greg Garcia
CF Harrison Bader
P John Gant
–Placed on the 10-day disabled list yesterday with a left groin strain, Jedd Gyorko had a positive report from the medical staff.
“The MRI was favorable, it was negative,” shared Shildt. “Still dealing with it but we’re more optimistic about him being able to return sooner than later. Clearly, it’s going to take every bit of his 10 days and we’ll evaluate how he heals as we go, but it was favorable.”
After returning tightness in his oblique abbreviated his rehab start for Springfield this past Tuesday, Michael Wacha was evaluated yesterday and also received positive news.
“I think Michael’s going to go through his exercise program today, regain playing catch tomorrow, and get more aggressive as we go,” said Shildt. “Looks like he’s still going to be in a favorable track. Like most things, we’ll evaluate as we go.”
PONCEDELEON STARTING SOON
–It was also confirmed that Daniel Poncedeleon will be returning to the Cardinals rotation this weekend.
“Ponce will be starting Saturday,” shared Shildt. “We’re putting it together, trying to be prudent–looking forward to give guys maybe a little break and a rest. Not that need it, but just being forward thinking and setting up our rotation moving forward.”
In his last start for the Cardinals on August 21st, Poncedeleon was relieved by Luke Weaver, who could now be in line to make Sunday’s start.
“I think we’ll have our head around the situation before Saturday’s game,” said Shildt. “It’s always fluid, as you know. But I think we’ll have our head around it.”
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