The Cardinals recovered a player from the 10-day list of injured on Thursday after activating third baseman Matt Carpenter (low back strain). But another player headed for the IL when receiver Yadier Molina, who never shook his right thumb, was transferred to the 10-day IL.
This assignment from IL had been backdated for three days to Monday, but manager Mike Shildt, without proposing a specific schedule, said Thursday night: "You are considering beyond 10 days.
"(The injury) is similar to what he had. It did not increase, diminish or aggravate. . . or is more problematic. He also has not healed, so it's nice to go where he was.
"He just needs time. What does this time look like? . . you are probably looking for a period of three weeks. "
Andrew Knizner, who was scheduled to play the AAA All-Star game on Wednesday night, was prepared to join the team as a substitute for Matt Wieters when the Cardinals resume their match against Arizona on Friday night. Carson Kelly, a former Cardinals reserve catcher, is now Arizona's first receiver.
Molina had missed 12 games in his first appearance in IL and has scored only three points since his return, without touching a circuit, batted down but not on the field.
"Some contact in one part of the bat, or some momentum just ignites or upsets it," Shildt said. "Clearly, it does not affect his capture and throw, because he did that very well.
"But he will need more time to heal himself in order to become more competitive, ever more offensive – to the extent of his abilities."
In addition, the Cardinals bought the contract of left-handed taker Chasen Shreve in Memphis and opted for southpaw Tyler Webb in Memphis. Shreve, acquired with right-handed Giovanny Gallegos of the New York Yankees last year for first baseman Luke Voit, was beaten in Memphis this spring after a poor camp. .
Shreve takes the place of the Jordan Hicks Relief Team (Elbow Surgery), consisting of 40 people, who was transferred to IL 60 days after the 10-day shift.
In addition, Rangel Ravelo, first baseman, was opted for Memphis.
Shreve, who is 29 on Friday, is 2-1 with an average of 3.80 in 37 games, 42/23 innings for Memphis this season. He has withdrawn 50 and is only 19 years old. with 21 strikeouts and only three marches in 15 games.
In addition to Molina, the left-field player Marcell Ozuna, the club leader in the circuits (20) and the RBI (62) remain on the IL with fractures on the right hand finger. Shildt said that Ozuna was "better.
"We are encouraged by his work and encouraged by his strength. It still has some inflammation that needs to be thinned a bit, "said Shildt.
"And he's getting better where he was. He is optimistic how he feels. The staff is optimistic, how it feels. "
John Mozeliak, president of the club's baseball operations, said he hoped Molina and Ozuna would be back before the end of the month, in 20 days.
For most of the season, Webb had beaten the less than 200 left-handers, but on his last outing Saturday in San Francisco, he allowed three-time left-back drummers mixed in on a two-run homer. hitting the switch Pablo Sandoval Shildt was not afraid to hit the right hand.
"That did not help, of course," Shildt said. "The homer to Sandoval was the hard blow."
The Giants had used a potential hitter for Sandoval earlier in the game. Shildt was therefore confident that Sandoval would "take the attack. He took it. Pay attention to what you ask for, said Shildt with a half smile.