(Busch Stadium) Expected to be activated from the injured list before tonight’s game, utility-man Jedd Gyorko will remain sidelined for the St. Louis Cardinals.
“Turns out had a little bit of a setback during his rehab,” Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt shared pregame. “He had something with his left calf that barked on him so he will not be coming off the injured list.”
Out since June 8th with a lower back strain, Gyorko had been progressing to the point of doing some pregame work yesterday, which was when the calf issue arose.
“He was doing something during his activities around the bases and just kind of grabbed on him a little bit and set him back,” Shildt said. “It’s going to be more than a couple of days. The length of it will obviously be determined, but it will be a couple days, it could be a week.”
MORE SHIFTS ON CARPENTER
–The day after Matt Carpenter dropped down an bunt double to beat a defensive shift from Miami, Marlins manager Don Mattingly confirmed he is still willing to move four players to the right side of the infield.
“Sure,” Mattingly replied. “We could leave a guy in the area, but that situation last night was a matter of two outs, he had already hit a homer. If you want to take a single, I didn’t really plan on it turning into a double. But if he wants to take a single there, you try to get the next guy out.”
The 1985 American League MVP, Mattingly batted .307 with over 2100 hits in his 14 big league seasons. Twice he finished a season with his average above .340–if teams had shifted him, could Mattingly have hit .400?
“It’s not that easy to hit the ball, it’s not like you can just force the ball somewhere,” Mattingly said. “I kind of used the whole field, so I probably wouldn’t have gotten shifted like that. I got shifted a little bit kind of in the sense of I know Tony (La Russa), when he was in Oakland, he moved the shortstop almost to the bag on me. It’s hard to hit the ball where you want. You want to use the whole field and hit it where it’s pitched, but they’re pitching one way. You’ve always kind of programmed yourself to hit that pitch to a certain spot. They’re pitching you in a certain place, it’s not as easy as it looks to just kind of place it. I wouldn’t have hit .400, though.”
What about Tony Gwynn?
“Tony may have,” Mattingly smiled. “Tony used the whole field, too. They wouldn’t have shifted Tony, for sure. He hit a lot of balls on that side. You know what they would’ve done, they would have had some sort of alignment for the number of balls you hit in a certain spot. They would’ve either put the third baseman in the slot, move the shortstop, try to bunch up an area that you hit a lot of balls in. Maybe shifted him almost opposite. There would’ve been an alignment–you have an alignment for everybody because the charts tell you where they hit. You’re playing percentages on the number of balls you hit in certain spots. You wouldn’t have the extreme, they wouldn’t have shifted Tony on the other side.”
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