3:56 pm: Matz has a torn MCL in his left knee, reports MLB.com’s John Denton (via Twitter). Based on similar injuries to other players, this will likely mean an absence of at least 4-6 weeks for Matz, although it is not known if he will need surgery.
3:38 pm: The Cardinals announced a few roster moves today, one in relation to today’s game and three more ahead of the upcoming two-game series in Toronto. Immediately, on the left Stephen Matz He was placed in the injured list for 15 days due to a sprain of the left and right knee James Neely It was called from Triple-A Memphis.
Before Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jays, the cards will be laid out Paul GoldschmidtAnd the Nolan ArenadoAnd the Austin Romain in the restricted list. The trio have not been vaccinated, and so they have become the latest ineligible players to cross the border due to Canada’s federal vaccine mandates. Goldschmidt, Arenado and Romijn will lose two game wages for lost time. catcher Evan Herrerabenefit Corey Spangenbergand a defensive player Coner Cable They are expected to be added to the list as alternatives.
Most teams traveling to Toronto this season have had to work around at least two vaccine-related absences, with the Royals (who had 10 players on their restricted list) representing the extreme end of the scale. While St. Louis are missing “only” three players, losing superstars like Goldschmidt and Arenado even in two games is certainly not an ideal situation. The loss of Romaine also mitigates the striking depth scheme that the sufferer is still missing Yadir Molina.
John OviedoHe put the Blue Jays chain into question as well, as the commissioner of the cards and the Cuban citizen have an expired passport. Director Oliver Marmol told reporters (including MLB.com’s John Denton) that Oviedo might still be able to succeed if he was able to obtain a special temporary waiver from the Canadian consulate in Miami.
While Matz has not been on the series since it just started yesterday, he will also miss an opportunity to return to Toronto after pitching to Jays in 2021. Matz only activated from IL for 15 days earlier this week, after missing two months due to Shoulder impingement. Unfortunately, South then hit his knee on his first start, with Matz making an embarrassing move while trying to score in the sixth half of Saturday’s 6-3 win over the Reds. Matz still took the win, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in 5 innings 1/3 of the action while he was hitting seven.
It was a solid outing in an otherwise tough season for Matz, between his previous injury and inconsistent work during his first nine games. Even with Saturday’s game in mind, Matz still has a 5.70 ERA over 42 2/3 runs in his first season dressed as the Cardinals. However, the 3.13 SIERA and strong strike and walk rates suggest Matz wasn’t so lucky either, as he doesn’t get much good fortune on the BABIP (.336) and strand rate (66.2%) fronts.
Saturday’s start was a step in the right direction, however it will be some time before Matz can follow up on that performance. The leftists will undergo more testing and filming, and a clearer timeline of when Matz might be able to return to the hill could soon be known.
There were already rumors that the Cardinals were looking to rotate help into the deadline, so IL’s Matz case will likely only deepen the team’s needs. However, in the short term, St. Louis only has five games over the next eight days, so all those rest days could allow the cards to have fewer than five novice players. Dakota Hudson He is tentatively scheduled to be activated from his 15-day special mission next weekend, after IL was hit on July 15 with a neck strain.
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