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Piscotty and Fowler Go Down, Pham Gets the Call

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MLB: Cardinals

On a night where Adam Wainwright could not protect a 3-0 lead, the game may not have been the biggest loss of the night.  The Cardinals also lost both Stephen Piscotty and Dexter Fowler, to injuries.

Stephen Piscotty

After attempting to run out a ground ball, in the second inning, the Cardinal right fielder clutched his right hamstring.  He left the field immediately after.  He was later diagnosed with a hamstring strain.  The Cards placed him on the 10 day DL, and after being reevaluated today, he could rejoin the team in Atlanta.

There was some optimism coming from the St. Louis clubhouse last night. Piscotty seemed to believe the severity of the injury was minor, but we will have to wait and see.

Dexter Fowler

The very next inning, Dexter Fowler joined Piscotty in the trainer’s room.  While attempting to make a diving catch in left-center, Fowler suffered a shoulder strain.  He remained in the game to finish the third inning, but was removed before the fourth.

The Cardinals have not yet announced what is to come from Fowler’s situation.  He underwent an MRI last night, and was initially believed to be in the worse shape, of the two.

Tommy Pham Recalled

The two injuries leave the Cardinals with at least one hole in the outfield.  Diaz was moved to left, last night, after Fowler’s exit, but that is clearly not the direction the Cardinals want to go.  The more appropriate outfield replacement was called up last night, in the form of Tommy Pham.

Pham was edged out by Jose Martinez, this spring, for the big club’s fourth outfield spot, but has hit well in Memphis.  In 24 Triple-A games this season, he has posted a .283 average, with four home runs and 19 RBI.  Pham also brings some speed to the table, as he has six stolen bases for the Memphis Redbirds this season.

Though Pham has struggled for the majority of his time in the big leagues, he will be a serviceable replacement, until Piscotty can get back in the lineup.

Other News

Jhonny Peralta has been added to the High-A Palm Beach roster, where he will begin his rehab assignment tonight.  There has been no timetable set for his return, but, it is likely he will remain on the bench, behind Jedd Gyorko.

The two postponed games this past week mean the Cardinals will have a very strenuous stretch from late May, to mid July.  St. Louis will now play 47 games, in 48 days, between May 23rd and the All Star break.  This could have an extremely adverse effect on the Cards pitching staff, but will hopefully not cost them later in the season.

Lance Lynn, with his 2.95 ERA, will lead the Cardinals into their next series, against Atlanta, tonight.  They will look to get back on the right track, as they begin a six-game stint on the road.