First baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss on Tuesday was placed on the St. Louis Cardinals’ 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle.
Moss’ spot on the roster was taken by Randal Grichuk, who was recalled from Class AAA Memphis.
Moss injured the ankle in the fifth inning Monday when he beat out an infield single. Moss played the rest of the game and said after the game he didn’t think it was serious.
I think the likelihood of him being back for the All-Star Break was very questionable. Certainly, we didn’t want to play short the rest of the way. So when you see him tonight, he’ll probably be in a boot. We’re just going to have to be patient.
Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak on Brandon Moss’ sprained left ankle
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“Last night, he still played,” Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said. “Then I think (Tuesday) morning he woke up feeling very sore and in a high level of discomfort. That prompted him to go see a doctor. He went to see a foot specialist as well. Ultimately, it just seems to make the most sense (to put him on the DL).”
Moss is batting .251 with 13 doubles, a team-high 17 home runs and 40 RBIs in 75 games.
Mozeliak said it didn’t make sense for the Cardinals to play one man short, hoping that Moss could make a speedy recovery and be available in a couple of days.
“I think the likelihood of him being back for the All-Star Break was very questionable,” Mozeliak said. “Certainly, we didn’t want to play short the rest of the way. So when you see him tonight, he’ll probably be in a boot. We’re just going to have to be patient.”
Grichuk was optioned to Memphis on June 18. He batted .283 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 15 games with the Redbirds. He had one walk and 13 strikeouts in 53 at-bats.
“It feels great (to be back),” Grichuk said. “I wasn’t down there too long, but it felt like it was a while. “I feel like when I went down there, I was still trying to work with my swing and work with the mental side, being confident and going out there and playing every day, knowing what I can do.
“Once I bought back into that and realized what type of player I was and some of the stuff I’ve already done in the game, I felt a little bit better and got a little hot down there. I stopped thinking so much.”
Grichuk had a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh.
Moss was not available for comment before or after the game Tuesday.
Mozeliak said getting continued playing time was important for Grichuk. His time in the major leagues might be sporadic, but the injury to Moss necessitated recalling Grichuk before the Cardinals had planned.
“I think decisions sometimes are made based on what’s happening with your roster, too,” Mozeliak said. “There was an injury. He was swinging a good bat down there and he’ll get an opportunity. ... If the injury doesn’t happen, we probably allow him to work on his trade down there. That was the whole idea.
“The most important thing was he was getting to play every day. (He was) allowing himself to work through some things and he was doing so and was having positive results in the sense that he was able to hit for power, was driving the ball to all field. He made the most of his time there.”
The Cardinals would love to see Grichuk draw more walks.
“But hard contact is also what’s important, and he was doing that,” Mozeliak said.
Grichuk batted .206 with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 27 RBIs in 62 games before being optioned to Memphis. He had 18 walks and 54 strikeouts in 204 at-bats.