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Down and out: Third baseman Peralta becomes latest Cardinal to land on disabled list

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak discusses injury to Jhonny Peralta

St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak discusses the team's roster moves Tuesday.
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St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak discusses the team's roster moves Tuesday.

Third baseman Jhonny Peralta on Tuesday was placed on the disabled list by the St. Louis Cardinals, who recalled outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker from Class AAA Memphis.

Peralta has been battling inflammation in his left thumb that the Cardinals insist is not related to the surgery Peralta underwent in spring to repair a torn ligament.

“We were trying to be patient through this,” Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said. “We were hoping that, giving it a couple of days when we were in Milwaukee, this would be something he could play through. But he was just not feeling right.”

We were trying to be patient through this. We were hoping that, giving it a couple of days when we were in Milwaukee, this would be something he could play through. But he was just not feeling right.

Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak on injured third baseman Jhonny Peralta

In another move, the Cardinals designated catcher Michael McKenry for assignment and recalled reliever Miguel Socolovich from Memphis.

Socolovich will stretch the Cardinals’ bullpen, which has been riddled in recent games. Socolovich, who was 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA last season, can throw multiple innings. He was 2-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 35 games at Memphis, with 40 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings.

“He’s another arm to help us out,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “He’s very flexible. We can use him just about in any role. He’s having a good year.”

He’s another arm to help us out. He’s very flexible. We can use him just about in any role. He’s having a good year.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on the addition of reliever Miguel Socolovich from Class AAA Memphis

Peralta joins second baseman Matt Carpenter, first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, catcher Brayan Pena and pitchers Lance Lynn, Jordan Walden and Mitch Harris on the disabled list. Moss (left ankle sprain) is the closest to returning.

“He ended up jamming it on a swing (July 5),” Mozeliak said of Peralta’s thumb, which underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage. “He just continued to feel discomfort. We were hoping that through anti-inflammatories, he would be able to play through it, but unfortunately, he was not. I think the best thing for him right now is some rest.

“Hopefully, in about 10 days he can start resuming baseball activities.”

Peralta is batting .221/.258/.416 in 30 games, with five home runs and 13 RBIs. He is in the third season of a four-year, $53 million deal he signed in November 2013.

“When you sign players, you hope they can play,” Mozeliak said. “Ultimately, from a medical standpoint, you’re trying to get them back to where they feel like they can contribute. Unfortunately, he’s just not able to do that. Rather than keep trying to keep him on that treadmill where it’s not improving, it just made more sense to DL him.”

Jedd Gyorko started at third base Tuesday, but Mozeliak indicated that Gyorko probably will share playing time at the position with Greg Garcia during Peralta’s down time.

Matheny had a suspicion Sunday afternoon that Peralta, after making a premature exit from the game against Miami, might be facing time on the DL.

“It didn’t look good,” Matheny said. “The swing-through just didn’t feel right (for him). It seemed like it could be one of those things that would just keep happening unless we got him some rest and some rehab.”

Moss’ return would be welcomed. The left-handed hitter, who has jacked a team-leading 17 home runs, has been playing catch on the field and is making steady progress.

“I would say, hopefully, by sometime early next week he is taking a rehab assignment,” Mozeliak said. “I definitely think Moss is closest (to returning).”

Deadline approaches

Mozeliak said the injuries to the key position players are not likely to affect the way he approaches the nonwaiver trade deadline of July 31.

“I’ve never been focused on the position-player side of that market anyway,” Mozeliak said. “Arguably, if I thought this was going to be a problem that wasn’t going to have some resolution, I might have to think about it differently. But from that standpoint, I like the everday club. I think our still focus will be if we can enhance the bullpen.”

I’ve never been focused on the position-player side of that market anyway. Arguably, if I thought this was going to be a problem that wasn’t going to have some resolution, I might have to think about it differently. But from that standpoint, I like the everday club. I think our still focus will be if we can enhance the bullpen.

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak on the approaching trade deadline

The Cardinals have long been known for be in the market for a reliever or two. Last July, they traded for Steve Cishek and Jonathan Broxton.

“You try to think about these (injuries) in separate silos, if you will,” Mozeliak said. “But at some point, you have to figure out when are you going to be 100 percent healthy. You look at this club and it’s going to create some opportunities for some other people to play, and hopefully they make the most of it.

“In terms of really focusing on the trading deadline right now, I think we’ll still pursue some things that we think might be able to help us. But as all of you know, there’s probably 10 or 12 teams also in those markets. We’ll see if we value it correctly.”

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Cardinals vs. Padres postponed

The first pitch of the Cardinals’ game against the Padres never occurred Tuesday. The game was first delayed by approaching severe weather, then was postponed at 8:47 p.m. The teams will play a day-night doubleheader Wednesday, with games at 1:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Gates for the first game will open to fans at 12:15.

Wednesday’s pitchers

The Cardinals will pitch Carlos Martinez (8-6, 2.85 ERA) in the first game against Colin Rea (5-3, 4.95 ERA), followed by Jaime Garcia (6-6, 4.11 ERA) in the second game against Paul Clemens (1-0, 4.73 ERA).

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