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Cardinals bring back Matt Adams, add left-handed power to bench

Matt Adams was claimed off waivers from the Washington Nationals by the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Adams was drafted by the Cardinals in 2009 and spent nine seasons in their organization.
Matt Adams was claimed off waivers from the Washington Nationals by the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Adams was drafted by the Cardinals in 2009 and spent nine seasons in their organization. AP

Matt Adams, the left-handed first baseman dispatched in trade to the Atlanta Braves in May 2017, will be making his return to the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis claimed Adams off waivers from the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. They also activated right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez from the 10-day disabled list.

Adams, 29, was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 23rd round of the June 2009 first year player draft and spent nine years in the Cardinals organization before being shipped to Atlanta for minor-league infielder Juan Yepez.

In 94 games this season, Adams is batting .257 with 18 HR and 48 RBI. As a member of the Cardinals, Adams played in 486 games with career marks of a .271 batting average with 56 home runs and 217 RBI.

Martinez, 26, was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain on July 31 and missed 19 games. He made two relief appearances during an injury rehabilitation assignment in Springfield (AA).

Martinez has a 6-6 record with a 3.41 ERA in 18 starts this season, striking out 98 batters in 100.1 innings. John Mozeliak, Cardinals president of baseball operations, has said that, with the emergence of the team’s young rotation, Martinez will be used to supplement a much-improved St. Louis bullpen.

To make room on the big-league roster, infielder Patrick Wisdom was optioned to Triple-A Memphis following last night’s game and moved outfielder Dexter Fowler from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

Wisdom, 26, was purchased from Memphis on August 11 and played in nine games for the Cardinals batting .333 (4-12) with a home run and three RBI. He had played in 747 career minor-league game before his major-league debut.

Fowler, 32, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left foot fracture after fouling a ball off his foot on August 3 in a game at Pittsburgh.



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