Cardinals Activate Adams, DFA Greenwood

The St. Louis Cardinals have activated first baseman Matt Adams from the 60-day disabled list with left-handed pitcher Nick Greenwood designated for assignment.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have activated first baseman Matt Adams from the 60-day disabled list. In order to make room for Adams on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Nick Greenwood was designated for assignment.

Adams, 27, has been out since May 27 with a right quad strain that required surgery (May 29). Prior to the injury, Adams was hitting .243 (35-144) with seven doubles, four home runs, 20 RBI and five game-winning RBI for the club. Adams missed 91 games on the D.L.

Greenwood had been recalled to St. Louis twice this season, but did not appear in a game either time. At Memphis the 27-year-old began the season pitching in relief but started his final 19 games. Overall he compiled a 13-6 record with a 5.79 ERA in 32 games, 22 starts.

Update 9/11: Greenwood cleared waivers and was outrighted to Memphis.

Brian Walton’s take

With recent improvement from Brandon Moss, it will be interesting to see how and when Adams is deployed during the final month. With Adams, the Cardinals currently have 33 active players. Results could also have a bearing on 2016 plans for first base.

Greenwood was a flexible and resilient arm for Memphis, starting when needed and always eating innings. He made his MLB debut with St. Louis, which can never be taken away from him. It seems unlikely that Greenwood will be claimed off waivers by another organization, but may still move on for 2016.

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