The Cardinals lost both Stephen Piscotty and Dexter Fowler in Thursday night’s loss to the Brewers.
It would’ve been reasonable to expect that there would be a high risk of injury as the St. Louis Cardinals returned to action on Thursday night, following a one-day layoff due to rain. The temperature was down in the 40s, and the field was wet after several days of constant rain in St. Louis.
Unfortunately, there were rather serious consequences for the Cardinals. José Martínez replaced Stephen Piscotty in right field to begin the third inning, and it was soon revealed that the Cardinals’ starting right fielder had suffered a right hamstring strain.
Just an inning later, a major defensive shuffle was in store, as shortstop Aledmys Díaz moved to left field for the first time during his professional career. Greg Garcia took over at short, with Randal Grichuk moving to center field as Dexter Fowler exited the game. It was announced that Fowler had suffered a right shoulder strain.
Tommy Pham exited in the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds’ Thursday night game in the top of the fourth inning. It’s likely that he’d be the first man up if either Fowler or Piscotty has to go on the disabled list. No other players exited the lineup The Redbirds are currently in Omaha, while the Cardinals will be heading to Atlanta for a weekend series with the Braves, so it’s not like there’s any need to rush a replacement to the big-league club. It’d be roughly a two-hour flight from Omaha to Atlanta if the Cardinals wanted to add another player from Triple-A.
If only one of the two players is going to go on the DL, Piscotty’s injury sounds like the one that would be more of a long-term burden for an outfielder, but we’ll get more definitive details in the coming hours or days.