St. Louis, Mo – My dear friends, the evil dark beast known as the injury bug has reared its evil head once again; Matt Carpenter has been assigned to the 15-day disabled list with a strained right side muscle.
Carpenter was hitting .288 with 20 RBI’s, three homeruns, nine doubles, three triples, and sixteen runs scored in 39 games. The 26 year old Galveston, Texas native had an RBI in 19.2 percent of his at-bats and was second on the team in slugging percentage (.519) behind only Carlos Beltran (.607). Carpenter hit into the least amount of double plays of players with over 35 games this season.
Carpenter is the fifth Cardinal player to be placed on the disabled list in the past seven days and the seventh player to be placed on that dreaded sheet of paper overall.
Lance Berkman was the victim of a torn meniscus in his right knee on May 20th. Allen Craig suffered from a strained left hamstring on May 17th. Jon Jay began facing a right shoulder sprain on May 15th. Kyle McClellan strained his right elbow on May 18th.
Chris Carpenter (nerve irritation, right shoulder) and Scott Linebrink (right shoulder capsulitis) have yet to make an appearance this season.
While he may not be on the DL, Carlos Beltran has been suffering from a sore right knee and is considered day-to-day.
The St. Louis Cardinals have purchased the contract of 27 year old Houston, Texas Native, Steven Hill. Hill, who will be riding the pine today, made his major league debut on August 15th, 2010 in a 9-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium.
Hill went 1-3 with a home-run in his second professional at-bat after reliving Yadier Molina of catch duties in the sixth inning. Hill’s first at-bat was a strike out swinging off the arm of the Cub’s starting pitcher, Ryan Dempster. Hill was a victim of a 6-3 groundout in his final at-bat that ended the game and secured the Cubs victory; this came after Hill started off the ninth inning with the homerun that lead to a five-run attempted rally by the Red Birds.
The 5’11”, 200 lbs right handed catcher was hitting .257 with four homeruns and eleven RBI’s in 19 games at Memphis. Hill has proven himself to be a versatile defender in the minor leagues.
Besides his 155 career minor-league appearances at catcher (.991 fielding percentage), Hill has played first base in 119 games (.988), left field in 67 games (.926), right field in 17 games (.828), and has played a single game at third base (1.000).
The Cardinals are now carrying three catchers on their active roster; Yadier Molina, Tony Cruz, and now Steven Hill. Tony Cruz and Steven Hill are likely to split time as back-up utility players splitting time between the corner infield and outfield positions when needed. Super utility man, Daniel Descalso will, undoubtedly, see an increase in playing time in middle infield spots while Adron Chambers and Shane Robinson will help ease the strain on the outfielders.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been preaching depth for a number of years; now is their chance to show off their minor league system.