Cards put Pham on DL; recall Diaz
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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