Matt Carpenter (© Benny Sieu / USA TODAY Sports Images)

NL All-Star Matt Carpenter is out with an oblique injury. Michael McKenry promoted to St. Louis and Aledmys Diaz joins the All-Star team.

NL All-Star Matt Carpenter is out with an oblique injury. Michael McKenry has been promoted to St. Louis and Aledmys Diaz joins the All-Star team.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to today’s (Thursday's) game that they have placed All-Star infielder Matt Carpenter (right oblique strain) on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of catcher Michael McKenry from Memphis (AAA).

http://www.scout.com/player/133107-matt-carpenter?s=321

Carpenter, named on Tuesday to his third National League All-Star team, becomes the third St. Louis player in three days (also Brandon Moss and Brayan Pena) to be placed on the disabled list.   Carpenter currently ranks among National League leaders in several offensive categories, including both on-base (.420) pct. and slugging (.568) pct.  He was batting .298 with a team-high 25 doubles, 56 runs scored and 53 RBI to go along with his 14 home runs.

Carpenter was disabled once prior in his Major League career (May 23 to June 22, 2012) for a right oblique injury.

http://www.scout.com/player/116119-michael-mckenry?s=321

McKenry, 31, was signed by the Cardinals as a minor league free agent on May 27 after beginning the 2016 season with the Texas Rangers Triple-A Round Rock club.  Since joining Memphis, he’s batted .341 (28-for-82) in 24 games with 5 home runs and 20 RBI, compiling a 1.126 on-base + slugging pct.  He helped Memphis to a 7-6 win with his walk-off home run against Nashville last night.

The right-handed hitting Tennessee native has appeared in 308 games in the majors with Colorado (2010, 2014-15) and Pittsburgh (2011-13), combining for a .239 batting average (200-for-838) with 29 homers and 103 RBI.

McKenry has been assigned uniform no. 19.

 

Brian Walton’s take

Carpenter becomes the fourth Cardinal to hit the disabled list in the last week, following Kevin Siegrist, Brandon Moss and Brayan Pena.

Obviously, losing their best offensive player in Carpenter is going to sting the most for a Cardinals club that is trying to remain in the thick of the wild card hunt. With Carpenter having been at second base regularly most recently, it would appear that Kolten Wong will again receive every-day at bats. Greg Garcia looks to be the fill in at third until Jhonny Peralta, who is out, but did not go on the DL, is ready to go again.

At this point, it is unclear how McKenry and Alberto Rosario, called up the day before, will be used in reserve of Yadier Molina. McKenry takes the last spot open on St. Louis’ 40-man roster.

http://www.scout.com/player/187201-aledmys-diaz?s=321

In related news, shortstop Aledmys Diaz was named to the National League All-Star team by manager Terry Collins a replacement on the active roster for his teammate, Carpenter. Though Carpenter is unable to play in next Tuesday's game, he remains an All-Star.

The rookie Diaz is batting .319 with 12 home runs, 44 RBI, 22 doubles, 54 runs scored, a .382 on-base percentage and a .534 slugging percentage this season. The native of Cuba ranks among NL leaders in batting average (6th), runs scored (7th) and doubles (6th).

It is amazing that 364 days ago, last July 8, Diaz was designated for assignment and went unclaimed by the other 29 teams. In an amazing turnaround, the 25-year-old is now an all-star!

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