Holliday to DL; Peterson to St. Louis
The Cardinals will have to wait at least another week before getting Matt Holliday back on the field, as the organization made the decision on Saturday to move the left fielder to the 15-day disabled list.
Taking the open 25-man roster spot will be first baseman/outfielder Brock Peterson, who was batting .306 with a league-high 22 home runs in 93 Triple-A games. Peterson has also been added to the 40-man roster, which now has 39 players on it.
Holliday had not played since suffering a right hamstring strain while running out a groundball on July 11. He was initially hopeful that a week of rest would be sufficient enough to avoid a DL stint, and Holliday had seemingly been making progress in recent days. He participated in batting practice on Thursday and Friday.
However, he did admit on Friday that his hamstring still felt tight when he tested it running. Such limitations were forcing the Cardinals to play one short on the five-man bench.
Because his DL placement can be backdated to July 12, Holliday will be eligible to return as early as next Saturday.
This marks the first Major League call-up for Peterson, who is expected to be in St. Louis in time for Saturday’s night game against the Padres. A 49th-round Draft pick by the Twins in 2002, Peterson also made a stop in the Independent League before being signed by the Cardinals as a Minor League free agent last August.
He represented Memphis in the Triple-A All-Star Game earlier this week. His 66 RBIs rank fourth in the Pacific Coast League, and Peterson has hit .341 against lefties and .301 with runners in scoring position. Though he has played exclusively at first base for Memphis this season, Peterson does also have some outfield experience.
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