St. Louis Cardinals

Gyorko is latest Cardinal to land on DL, as Wainwright and Wacha near their returns

St. Louis Cardinals’ Jedd Gyorko, right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, watches along with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Cardinals won 5-3.
St. Louis Cardinals’ Jedd Gyorko, right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, watches along with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Cardinals won 5-3. AP

The St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday placed veteran infielder Jedd Gyorko on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

Rookie outfielder Adolis García was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

Gyorko strained the muscle in the eighth inning of the Cardinals’ 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. He hit a line drive off the top of the left field wall at Busch Stadium and was initially credited a home run. An instant replay challenge got the hit changed to a ground rule double, and pitcher John Gant was called from the dugout to run for Gyorko.

The right-handed hitting infielder has been the Cardinals’ primary third baseman since manager Mike Shildt took the top dugout step in place of the ousted Mike Matheny. In 24 games in August, Gyorko is batting .325 with three home runs and 12 RBIs and posting monthly highs in hits (25), runs (16) and doubles (6).

García, 25, has played in 112 games at Memphis, batting .256 with 22 home runs, 71 RBI, 25 doubles and 10 stolen bases. He made his major-league debut Aug. 8 in Miami and played in five games for St. Louis, going 1 for 11 with two outfield starts.

Gyorko will be eligible to return from the disabled list on Sept. 8.

The moves leave St. Louis thin on the infield where starting second baseman Kolten Wong was disabled with a left hamstring strain retroactive to Aug. 26. Patrick Wisdom, who had made his major-league debut earlier this month at age 26, was recalled from Memphis to fill the roster spot. He appeared as a defensive replacement for Gyorko in Tuesday’s win.

Starting pitchers Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha, meanwhile, each have made progress from their respective injuries.

Wainwright, 36, out since May with problems in his throwing elbow, pitched four scoreless innings on three hits during a rehab start in Memphis. He threw 61 pitches, 38 of them for strikes. He struck out four Nashville batters and walked a pair. In 17 previous innings at Double-A Springfield and Single-A Palm Beach, Wainwright didn’t allow a run while striking out 18.

He was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday for the announcement of manager Mike Shildt’s new two-year contract.

Wacha made an abbreviated rehab start in Springfield Tuesday night and was lifted in the third inning. He allowed five runs, three of them earned, on six hits and a walk. More encouraging to his recovery were a pair of starts in Palm Beach in which he allowed three runs on just two hits.

In 15 starts in St. Louis, Wacha is 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA. He’ll get at least one more rehab start before rejoining the Cardinals’ rotation.

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