(BaseballStL) -- After missing 13 games for the Cardinals, Matt 'Big City' Adams returns to the Gateway City to take on the Washington Nationals.
Adams missed time with a left calf strain, but recently completed four rehab starts with Triple-A Memphis. He collected just 3 hits in 15 at-bats, but did hit a double and two RBI.
"He played everyday this week and was feeling fine," GM John Mozeliak said prior to Friday's game, "You think back to how he was playing before he was injured and he was having a lot of success."
Despite being on the 15-day disabled list, Adams' .325 average still ranks highest among the Cardinals' everyday starters, and sixth in the NL.
To make room for Adams, the Redbirds sent Oscar Taveras back down to Memphis. Taveras appeared in 11 games for the Cards, hitting a homer in his first start, but had just seven hits in 37 total at-bats.
Lynn vs. Zimmermann
Lance Lynn and Jordan Zimmermann have faced each other once before in this season on April 3rd. The Cards beat the Nats 4-3 and Lynn even provided an RBI double. Lynn allowed just one run in 5.1 innings pitched.
Lynn is 2-1 against the Nats in his career, posting an awful 6.23 ERA in 13.0 total innings.
Zimmermann is 5-2 on the season with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has just 66 strike-outs, which ranks tied for 30th among NL starters.
Press Box Notes
Jon Jay, batting 8th Friday, has a 7-game hit streak on the line - his longest of the season.
Matt Holliday has hit safely in 30 straight home games, tying Sparky Anderson and Rogers Hornsby. Albert Pujols hit safely in 32 straight home games in 2009, but Solly Hemus holds the record at 33 in 1953
The Cardinals have not lost to the Nats since Game 1 of the 2012 NLDS. The Redbirds also have a 15-2 record against the NL East over the past two seasons, outscouring their opponents 79-40.