Matt Weiters Injured

(Busch Stadium) After an early exit from last night’s game, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Matt Wieters will be unavailable for today’s doubleheader against Cincinnati.

“Nothing showed too much on the imaging,” Manager Mike Shildt shared. “He’s got a mild calf strain, which is going to require some time.”

The strain occurred in the 7th inning of last night’s win over the Reds as Wieters ran to second base. Yairo Munoz was brought in as a pinch runner and Yadier Molina then caught the rest of the game.

Earlier in the day, Shildt had discussed the value of Wieters providing a switch-hitting bat off the bench with the expanded rosters. How soon that could again be a reality is unclear.

“We’re hopeful,” Shildt said. “It’s the best it could be, based on what he has.”

Catcher Andrew Knizner was already on the list of September call-ups for the Cardinals, but with Wieters out of action the team has also called up Joe Hudson from Memphis (AAA).

In 60 games at Memphis this season, Hudson hit .223 with 10 HRs and 30 RBIs. He threw out 15-of-38 attempted base stealers this season and made one error behind the plate with one passed ball.

The addition of Hudson to the roster involved moving outfielder Lane Thomas from the 10-day to the 60-day Injured List.

As previously announced, the Cardinals also activated Jose Martinez from the IL and officially recalled catcher Andrew Knizner, first baseman/outfielder Rangel Ravelo, pitchers Génesis Cabrera, Junior Fernandez and Daniel Ponce de Leon from Memphis, and also purchased the contract of pitcher Mike Mayers.

photo credit: Brian Stull/STLBaseballWeekly.com

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