Cards put Pham on DL; recall Diaz

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

When the Cardinals reassigned Aledmys Diaz to Minor League camp two weeks ago, it was done with an eye on getting him a bit more seasoning at Triple-A. It turns out there’s no time for that.

After losing Ruben Tejada to a left quad strain in Thursday’s Grapefruit League finale and watching Tommy Pham exit Sunday’s game with a left oblique strain, the Cardinals opted to summon the right-handed hitting shortstop before his season in Memphis ever began.

Diaz will be recalled prior to Tuesday’s game against the Pirates. Pham, whose MRI exam revealed a tear in his left oblique, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. He became the fourth member of the Cardinals’ expected 25-man roster to suffer an injury in the past five days.

Diaz, 25, went 9-for-34 in 15 games this spring and was considered a potential short-term replacement for the injured Jhonny Peralta before the Cardinals went out and signed Tejada. At that point, the club thought it was in Diaz’s best interest to allow him the additional developmental time in Memphis, where he had previously played just 14 games.

He thrived in that short stretch, though, hitting .380 with three homers to close out the 2015 season. He followed that up with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League.

The addition of Diaz also gives the Cardinals another right-handed bat, since they lost a pair with the injuries to Tejada and Pham. That will free Jedd Gyorko, Sunday’s starting shortstop, to be an option at second base when the Cardinals want to sit the left-handed hitting Kolten Wong against left-handed pitchers.

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5 Comments

Yep, it was only a matter of when, not if…that Diaz would get the call-up .That’ll put Gyorko on 2B and Diaz at SS. No other option really.
Pham’s on the 15 day DL, but who knows how that’ll turn out. : (
Whoever has the Fred-Bird voodoo doll, needs to quit sticking pins in it & give it back. Hehehe.

Yes its not such a great start to the season. We have enough problems on offense with yesterday’s inability to get timely hits. Liriano often holds us in check but expectations for Wainwright might be too high at this stage of his career He should give some quality starts but probably not a serious Cy Young contender these days. A long way to go but these injuries will not help (Yadi for instance will be pressured early rather than easing in after his surgeries).

Did you see my ex-neighbor A.J. Pollock broke his elbow and will be out most,if not all of, 2016:(
Would like to see Piscotty moved to the second slot in the batting order. He seemed comfortable there last year.
I hope that MM gets these guys focusing on balls in the strike zone. They were swinging at too many balls that weren’t even close. Liriano is good, but he’s not Steve Carlton.

GO ANGELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES, Dave. I mentioned the injury to your boy Pollock in a previous post I wrote. : )
A local radio show just received a coupla’ calls about John Mabry (the Cards hitting coach)…and if it may just be time to replace him, considering the lack of offense the last few years?
‘Course…Mabry & MM are SUPER tight, so Mo would probably have to bring it up, if or when it might ultimately become a concern.

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