As expected, the St. Louis Cardinals have officially placed Jose Martinez on the paternity list with Luke Voit being added to the 25-man roster in his absence.
“Everything we understand, he will be back in the States on Sunday night,” said GM Michael Girsch.
The first baseman has returned to Venezuela for the birth of his daughter, Alana. As noted, Martinez is planning to join the team in Philadelphia for the open of their series on Monday.
On the injury front, the team also activated pitcher Matt Bowman from the disabled list and the right-hander is available out of the bullpen for tonight’s game against Chicago.
In the corresponding move, Daniel Poncedeleon was optioned back to Memphis (AAA).
Shortstop Paul DeJong will undergo a CT scan tomorrow with hopes of receiving clearance to begin full swinging.
“Wainwright had a PRP injection, which seemingly went well,” shared Girsch. “He’s reacting well to it, but it’s still several weeks before he starts a throwing progression. We’ll sort of re-evaluate–it’s a 60-day DL, it’s going to be a long, slow process.”
Having undergone a variety of tests, there was still no specific determination as to what caused the elbow issues for Wainwright.
“I think mostly what it did was eliminated things that could be wrong that could be surgically fixed and limited it to something where we believe PRP injections and time will help,” said Girsch.
With rain-shortened game last night in Springfield (AA), Greg Holland is slated to throw tonight and tomorrow on rehab assignment.
“He’s made three appearances, so he’s to the point where he’s ready to try the back-to-back and see how he feels,” said Girsch. Holland will then be re-evaluated both medically and on performance before the next step is decided upon.
Both Luke Gregerson and Tyler Lyons will begin throwing progressions next week.
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