St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that left fielder Matt Holliday probably would return from the disabled list before first baseman Matt Adams. But it was Adams on Wednesday who was activated, while Holliday remained on the shelf.
“The process for (Adams) was when we were given medical clearance and he felt good. Both of those really went into next gear (Tuesday),” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after a 4-3 triumph over the Chicago Cubs. “(Wednesday), he went out and did more things and his body responded well. And everybody felt comfortable he’d be an option for us to come off the bench.”
Left-hander Nick Greenwood was designated for assignment to create room for Adams on the 40-man roster. Adams, who is batting .243 with four home runs and 20 RBIs, had been on the 60-day disabled list. He missed 91 games.
Both Adams and Holliday have been sidelined with strained right quads. Adams’ most recent game had been May 26 against Arizona at Busch Stadium.
“Right now, he’s just going to be a bat off the bench,” Matheny said. “Once you give him a test, you kind of have to wait and see how he responds to the test, to see if there’s another level of advancement in how we use him.”
For now, Matheny called Wednesday “a good day.”
“I don’t think many people, myself included, thought it would be an option to have Matt Adams back at all this season,” Matheny said. “Now we’re not too far into September. He’s done a lot of work and so has the medical team to get him back to where he is right now.”
Holliday could be cleared to play on the road trip to Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Chicago.
Wong still down
Once again, second baseman Kolten Wong was out of the lineup with a tight left calf. Matheny indicated Wong might not have played anyway against Chicago left-hander Jon Lester.
“He’s better,” Matheny said. “He left (Tuesday) night saying, ‘I’m ready to go.’ He’s a guy, with Lester going (Wednesday), it’s a good time to give him (a break). He said (Tuesday) night, ‘I’m ready to hit.’ I love seeing that from our guys. They want to be part of this.”
Belisle still waiting
Indications are the Cardinals will activate reliever Matt Belisle at some point on the road trip, but there still is nothing official.
Belisle, sidelined since June 26 with elbow inflammation, threw his second simulated game Wednesday morning, facing Holliday, Adams, Jon Jay and Pete Kozma. Belisle’s first simulated game was Sunday. Jay was a newcomer to the mix.
“The feedback from them was really helpful,” Belisle said. “They said everything was sharper. The cutter was tighter, the breaking balls were sharp and down and when I was up, it had good life and was close to the body. My command was good, I was getting ahead well and all my pitches were strikes. (The hitters) checked it off as really good.”
To activate Belisle, who is on the 60-day disabled list, the Cardinals would nned to remove a player from their 40-man roster.
“It’s up to the skipper, the GM and everybody involved,” Belisle said. “You’re also dealing with a roster move, which I forgot about. I understand the business side of things. But what I can control is just being ready. Physically, the last two times out on the mound have been great. Now it’s just whatever they want next.”
At the gate
The three-game series attracted 131,749 to the ballpark.
The highest attendance for the series was Friday when 45,986 were on hand.
CARDINALS 4, CUBS 3
Stephen Piscotty hit reliever Fernando Rodney’s first pitch into the right-center gap in the eighth inning Wednesday, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs as the St. Louis Cardinals rallied past the Chicago Cubs and salvaged a victory in the three-game series. Jonathan Broxton, the Cardinals’ fourth pitcher, was the winner. Trevor Rosenthal posted his 43rd save. Clayton Richard took the loss.
BY THE NUMBERS
Matt Carpenter was 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and one RBI. ... The Cardinals had just five hits. ... Cardinals relievers Seth Maness, Kevin Siegrist, Broxton and Rosenthal combined to pitch four shutout innings, surrendering just one hit and striking out six .... The Cubs struck out 14 times, including four by Kyle Schwarber. ... Carlos Martinez allowed three runs (earned) on 10 hits in five innings, with one walk and eight strikeouts . ... The Cubs’ Jon Lester worked seven innings, giving one run on two hits, with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Jaime Garcia (8-4, 1.89 ERA) vs. John Lamb (0-3, 6.11 ERA), 6:10 p.m. Thursday in the opener of a four-game series in Cincinnati.