As the St. Louis Cardinals open a weekend series at Busch Stadium, pitcher Matt Bowman and shortstop Paul DeJong will be a few hours north as the pair begins rehab assignments with Memphis (AAA) in Iowa City.
“DeJong should be in the lineup tonight, Bowman should get an inning but that all depends on how the game goes,” shared General Manager Michael Girsch.
DeJong has been taking batting practice and participating in infield drills the last few days after being placed on the DL on May 18th due to a fractured left hand.
“Paul, obviously, has been doing a lot of baseball activity,” said Girsch. “It could be a quicker rehab than some, but it depends on his timing. You can’t replicate live pitching until you do it, so we’ll see how it goes. But we’re excited he’s getting close.”
Bowman also was placed on the DL back on May 18th with blisters on his two of his right fingers and missed 26 games, but made a brief return before needing more attention to the issue.
“He had an injection, it appears to have improved things,” said Girsch. “It’s something that he’ll be dealing with on some level, but hopefully as time goes on, this becomes less and less an issue.”
Unlike Bowman, the team doctors and doctors for Michael Wacha decided against an injection at this time.
“Ultimately, they decided an injection wasn’t the right move at this point,” said Girsch. “Michael’s going to get seen again on Sunday, but ultimately, the next sort of big check in for him will be 3-weeks post injury.”
At that examination, more pictures will be taken of Wacha’s lat and the next determination of his recovery will be made.
Reliever Luke Gregerson threw a bullpen session this afternoon and provided there are no setbacks, he will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday in Memphis.
Girsch also shared that besides Adam Wainwright, Dominic Leone will begin throwing on Monday.
–Memphis pitchers Dakota Hudson and Daniel Poncedeleon and infielder Patrick Wisdom have been selected to the 2018 Pacific Coast League All-Star Team. The PCL All-Stars will square off against the International League All-Stars on Wednesday, July 11th. The game will air on MLB Network.
The top vote-getter among all pitchers, Hudson will make the start for the PCL and leads the league in wins (10), ERA (2.04), and innings pitched (88.1). This month, he is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA (2er/28.0ip) and has given up just 22 hits.
Poncedeleon, who did not pitch in an earlier call-up by St. Louis, is 6-3 for Memphis this season with a 2.75 ERA in 14 starts and one relief appearance. He has struck out 83 in 72.0 innings.
Through 73 games with the Redbirds this season, Wisdom is hitting .300 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI. Wisdom is second on the all-time Redbirds home run list with 58, behind 74 from Nick Stavinoha
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