Cardinals' Mike Matheny on Piscotty, Fowler injuries
Right fielder Stephen Piscotty, as expected, was placed on the St. Louis Cardinals’ 10-day disabled list Friday morning with a strained right hamstring.
Piscotty’s roster spot will be taken by Tommy Pham, who will be in uniform for the opener of a three-game series Friday night in Atlanta.
Pham, 29, was batting .283 (25-for-92) with four home runs, 19 RBIs and a .371 on-base percentage at Class AAA Memphis. Pham was batting .409 (9-for-22) with 14 RBIs with runners in scoring position. He has started games in all three outfield positions, batting first, second and third.
Piscotty clutched his right hamstring as he crossed first base after bouncing out to third in the third inning of the Cardinals’ 5-4 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday.
Piscotty is batting .241 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 25 games. He has suffered injuries this season to both elbows and his left knee. He also underwent a concussion protocol when he was hit in the head by a thrown ball.
Center fielder Dexter Fowler also was injured, suffering a strained right shoulder as he dived in vain to catch Hernan Perez’s fourth-inning double.
The Cardinals have not made an announcement on Fowler’s condition Friday and it is not clear whether the switch-hitter will be placed on the disabled list.
Also, as reported Thursday, third baseman Jhonny Peralta will begin a rehab assignment Friday at high-Class A Palm Beach. Peralta has been on the disabled list since April 17 with an upper respiratory condition.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said Thursday that Peralta will play third base and shortstop during his rehab stint.
Also Friday, the Cardinals announced two makeup dates for games that were rained out on the homestand that ended Thursday.
The game against Cincinnati that was scheduled for Monday will be made up at 3:15 p.m. June 26, which was originally to be an off day for both the Cardinals and the Reds.
The game against Milwaukee that was scheduled for Wednesday will be made up as part of a split doubleheader June 13. The first game will start at 1:15 p.m.; the regularly scheduled second game will begin at 7:15.
Fans should present their tickets from the rained-out games to be admitted to Busch Stadium for the two rescheduled dates.