Aledmys Diaz (Steve Mitchell / USA TODAY Sports Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals added Zach Duke plus Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Moss off the disabled list, but placed Aledmys Diaz on the DL

The St. Louis Cardinals added newly-acquired Zach Duke plus Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Moss off the disabled list, but placed Aledmys Diaz on the shelf. Randal Grichuk and Dean Kiekhefer return to Triple-A Memphis.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s (Tuesday) series opener in Cincinnati that they have activated infielder Jhonny Peralta (left thumb) and first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss (left ankle) from the 15-day disabled list and added newly-acquire left-handed pitcher Zach Duke to the team’s 25-man active roster.

In order to make room for the three player additions, the team today placed All-Star shortstop Aledmys Diaz (right thumb fracture) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 1, and optioned left-handed pitcher Dean Kiekhefer and outfielder Randal Grichuk Grichuk to Memphis (AAA).

Peralta, who missed the start of the 2016 season due to a left thumb ligament injury, was batting .221 with 5 home runs and 13 RBI in 30 games before returning to the D.L. on July 18.   Moss, who was leading the Cardinals with his 17 HR’s at the time he was injured on July 4, is batting .256 with 40 RBI in 75 games.   Duke, acquired via trade from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in a Major League-leading 53 relief appearances.

Duke has been assigned uniform no. 29.


Brian Walton’s take

All of the moves were expected, with Diaz’ the most concerning. The rookie All-Star shortstop will miss a considerable time with his thumb injury, caused by a pitch thrown by Andrew Cashner of Miami on Sunday.

The Cardinals get Peralta back just in time from his second DL stint with hand problems of his own. The infielder played a rehab game Sunday with Palm Beach.

The return of Moss led to the demotion of Grichuk. That and the latter having looked totally lost at the plate. Since the All-Star break, Grichuk struck out 22 times in 46 plate appearances (47.8 percent) while batting .167. That sealed his fate ahead of other potential candidates such as Jeremy Hazelbaker, Tommy Pham or Kolten Wong.

With Kiekhefer having minor league options remaining, his move to Memphis to accommodate the arrival of Duke was the clear path of least resistance. This time up, the lefty tossed two scoreless innings in three appearances on just one hit, no walks and a strikeout. Veteran Jerome Williams may have been a better choice, but he cannot be moved out without risk of losing his services.

With 24 players on its roster prior to Tuesday, Memphis will need to make one move of its own to clear space for the arrivals from St. Louis.

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