photo: Dylan Carlson (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
On Friday, June 10, prior to their home series with Cincinnati, the St. Louis Cardinals activated starting right fielder Dylan Carlson from the 10-day injured list. The 23-year-old had been out since May 23 with a left hamstring strain. After a rough April, Carlson had been playing well in May prior to his injury.
After missing 18 games, Carlson began a short rehab stint a week ago. The switch-hitter slashed .385/.500/.692/1.192 (5-for-13) including a double and home run in five rehab games with Springfield and Memphis.
Carlson is the second of the three starting infielders to come off the IL this week. Left-fielder Tyler O’Neill was activated for the prior series in Tampa Bay.
In the corresponding transaction, outfielder Lars Nootbaar was returned to Triple-A Memphis.
Nootbaar, 24, has struggled at the plate this season, batting just .140 in 50 at-bats with St. Louis. After opening 2022 with the Cardinals, this is Nootbaar’s second time to be optioned out this season.
With the return of the two outfielders, O’Neill and Carlson, Juan Yepez is likely to lose playing time. Brendan Donovan could be in a similar position except that he can play many positions and has been hitting very well. With Corey Dickerson on the IL, too, it seems Donovan may be the unofficial fourth outfielder.
Minor league moves
Also at Memphis, reliever Jake Walsh was placed on the seven-day IL. The move appears to be retroactive to Tuesday, when the 26-year-old was last sent down by St. Louis.
Walsh has been strong with Memphis, logging a 1.17 ERA in 13 appearances and six saves in six chances. With St. Louis, however, his ERA is 13.50 in three games.
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