(Busch Stadium) The St. Louis Cardinals were two players light as they left the clubhouse after Thursday’s loss to Milwaukee, as both Dexter Fowler and Stephen Piscotty will stay behind for further evaluation of injuries on Friday.
“Dexter’s still getting his evaluation–he’s in the tube right now getting tested,” shared Mike Matheny postgame. “Right shoulder injury is what we do know, from the dive in center. Stephen’s a right hamstring. We’re going to leave them here overnight to be seen by our medical team tomorrow to put a better plan together.”
As noted, Fowler’s injury occurred in the outfield. Piscotty pulled up after trying to beat out a play at first base.
Following his evaluation, Fowler was not available for comment but as he walked through the clubhouse with relative ease to his locker, Piscotty had an optimistic outlook.
“Just got checked out, had the MRI–very, very mild muscle spasm,” he shared. “Extremely good news. We’re going to re-evaluate in the morning and go from there, but everything’s very encouraging after the fact.”
“I haven’t felt anything like that in a while, so it kind of shocked me a little bit,” said Piscotty. “There is some tightening in it, but there’s no damage. No nothing. Again, I’ll get checked out in the morning and go from there.”
Confident he can manage and play through any lingering pain, Piscotty is expecting to board a plane and meet his teammates in Atlanta following his re-evaluation on Friday.
With the status of both Fowler and Piscotty unclear, the Cardinals had Tommy Pham removed from his game with Memphis (AAA) and Matheny confirmed the outfielder is headed to join the big league team in Atlanta. Whether or not an additional move is required will likely be based on Piscotty indeed being a short term issue and the severity of Fowler’s injury.
In 25 games with Memphis this season, Pham has hit .283 (26-92) with 4 HRs, 19 RBIs, 13 BBs, 21 Ks, and has stolen 6 bases.
Down the pair of outfielders, the Cardinals moved Randal Grichuk to center with Jose Martinez taking over in right.. Aledmys Diaz was shifted to left field and Greg Garcia brought into the game at shortstop. Matt Adams remained on the bench.
“Not a lot of other options,” explained Matheny of the LF decision. “We believe he moves well enough to be able to cover. We’re just in one of those situations, we’ve got to put somebody out there. Garcia is good to come in defensively and we trust that Diaz can get the job done.”
As for revisiting the Adams experiment in left…
“All this is kind of happening too fast,” said Matheny. “We kind of backed off that idea for a while, but you never write anything completely off.”
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