(Busch Stadium) After fouling a ball off his right foot forced him out of last night’s game, Matt Carpenter has been placed on the 10-day Injured List by the St. Louis Cardinals.
“I’ve never not been able to finish an at-bat before and I couldn’t do it,” Carpenter said. “Couldn’t walk this morning. Pretty uncomfortable.”
At bat in the 7th inning, Carpenter fouled a 3-2 pitch on to the top of his right foot. He was tended to by training staff before hobbling off the field.
Initial imaging showed there were no fractures, only the bone contusion, which was confirmed upon another round of imaging today.
“Just got to wear this boot for four to five days and then hopefully the swelling and inflammation goes down and I can start doing what I need to do,” Carpenter said. “They’re optimistic it won’t be more than a week.”
Struck on the top of his right foot, Carpenter described the swelling as being in the joint closer to his ankle.
“If it wasn’t in the joint, it probably wouldn’t be as big of an issue but the fact that it’s in the joint and the movement that causes, just not able to walk real well,” he said.
“It’s a pretty severe contusion on the very top of his foot,” Mike Shildt said. “Our hope is he’s down for just three, four or five days and get to a point where he can resume some baseball activity. Then maybe go to a Memphis or Springfield and garner some at-bats, be back towards the 11th day, back up here.”
The plan to get some at-bats on a rehab assignment was fully endorsed by Carpenter, who had just been activated from the 10-day IL with a lower back strain after the All-Star break.
“I’ve played, I don’t know the exact number is but three games in it feels like 25 days, 30 days, I don’t know,” he said. “Once I do get this going, I need to get some at-bats and get going so I can come back and help.”
In the four games back, Carpenter had three hits in fifteen at-bats with eight strikeouts.
“It’s disappointing,” Carpenter said. “You don’t want to be injured ever and to do it after just coming back from the All-Star break, feeling like your ready to have a strong second half–both individually and for the group. It’s pretty frustrating.”
In his absence, the Cardinals have recalled rookie infielder Edmundo Sosa from Memphis (AAA). Sosa was batting .252 (78-for-309) with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 83 games for Memphis this season. He is capable of playing shortstop, second base, and third base.
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