Brebbia Returns to Cardinals as Carpenter Moves to Injured List

photo: Taylor Davis and Matt Carpenter (Quinn Harris/Imagn)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

John Brebbia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s game (Tuesday, July 2) in Seattle that they have activated right-handed pitcher John Brebbia from the Paternity List and placed infielder Matt Carpenter (lower back strain) on the 10-day Injured List, retroactive to June 29.

Carpenter is batting .216 with 10 HR’s & 28 RBI in 77 games this season.  He appeared as a pinch-hitter on Friday, June 28 at San Diego in the opening game of the current road trip, but hadn’t started since June 25.

Brebbia left the team on June 29 to join his wife, Amanda, for the birth of the couple’s first child.   He’s 1-3 with 3.40 ERA in 36 games in relief this season.

Brian Walton’s take

Matt Carpenter (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Interesting in that Carpenter’s Sunday absence was said to be a stomach ailment, not a back problem. The latter has been an ongoing issue for the third baseman over the years.

Carpenter’s injury opens the door for rookie Tommy Edman to remain with St. Louis, though Yairo Munoz is starting at third base on Tuesday night. St. Louis’ other third baseman, Jedd Gyorko, remains on the IL himself.

Perhaps the time away will help Brebbia, who struggled to an 8.71 ERA in June. Even so, Brebbia’s 36 appearances this season is just one off a share of the team lead (John Gant).

With Brebbia’s return, the Cardinals are back to eight relievers and four reserve position players.

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