As expected on Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals placed first baseman Matt Adams on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right quadriceps suffered in Tuesday night’s game. To replace Adams on St. Louis’ roster, catcher Ed Easley has been recalled from Memphis. The Triple-A Redbirds activated catcher Travis Tartamella from their DL to take Easley’s spot.
Adams, 26, was injured while running out a double in the fifth inning Tuesday night. The Cardinals clean-up hitter has been struggling with a line of .243/.281/.375/.656 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 153 plate appearances over 43 games.
Easley, 29, reached St. Louis for a brief three-game stint April 10-12 while Tony Cruz was out for paternity leave, but did not appear in game action. In his second season at Memphis, the right-handed hitter is batting .295 (31-for-105) with a .422 on-base percentage to go with three home runs and 18 RBI in 33 games. Easley, a veteran of 679 career minor league games, has been one of the Redbirds’ hottest hitters this month, batting .340 (17-for-50).
Tartamella, 27, spent the last two weeks on Memphis’ disabled list after serving as the rarely-used third catcher behind Easley and Cody Stanley. The right-handed hitter has just two singles in 15 at-bats in his six games between April 11 and May 11. The organization’s 19th rounder from 2009 has a career batting average of only .195, but is valued for his defensive skills.
Updates: Adams out longer
Wednesday evening, General Manager John Mozeliak explained that an MRI indicates that Adams' injury will likely keep him out of action for three to four months, which could mean his 2015 season is over. Adams confirmed he will have surgery for his torn right quad muscle this Friday, May 29th.
Surgery indicated a complete tear, making recovery time at the high side of the original estimate, four months.
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