St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Adams Likely Out for Season


The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Wednesday evening that first baseman Matt Adams will miss 3-4 months with the quad strain that put him on the disabled list earlier Wednesday. The injury, which is classified as a strain despite the fact that it could require surgery, could very well end up costing Adams the season.

Mark Reynolds will take over as the Cardinals’ starting first baseman for the time being, though one would have to think the team will be looking for an upgrade at first via the trade market as that the 31-year-old Reynolds is a career .230 hitter and is seventh among active major-leaguers in career strikeouts with 1,433 over nine seasons. There’s been talk about the possibility of trying to move third baseman Matt Carpenter or catcher Yadier Molina, who have limited experience at first, or left fielder Matt Holliday, who has never played the position, to take over for Adams. Considering that the season is about a third of the way over, however, those ideas may be far-fetched.

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You can check out our column from this morning about possible ideas for replacing Adams, though it appears that Triple-A first basemen Xavier Scruggs and Dan Johnson may be less viable options to contribute at the major-league level than we thought earlier today before Adams was placed on the DL and replaced by catcher Ed Easley.

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