PITTSBURGH — As a pair of players draw closer to returning from injury, the Cardinals lost a player to it Monday night.
In the ninth inning, Shane Robinson injured his shoulder while attempting to steal second base. After a pinch-hit single, the speedy outfielder took off for scoring position and appeared to jam his shoulder on the slide.
“It felt like my shoulder jarred a little bit,” Robinson said at his locker.
He was tagged out on the play, immediately grabbing his left arm and rolling over in pain. He walked off after a lengthy examination by the trainers and Mike Matheny.
“Shane’s shoulder looks like it’s in pretty bad shape,” the manager confirmed solemnly in his office.
The team believes Robinson suffered a sublexation of the shoulder, an injury in which the joint partially dislocates.
He will head back to St. Louis Tuesday to be examined and the Cardinals will make a roster move to fill his slot.
It is Robinson’s third run in with a shoulder injury. Last season he hurt himself at PNC park, suffering a sprain and heading to the 15 day DL. In 2010 he dislocated his shoulder, requiring season-ending surgery.
It is unclear at this point how serious the injury is, though Robinson said it doesn’t feel as bad as the dislocation he suffered four years ago.
“I’m sure I’ll get an MRI tomorrow and they’ll let me know,” he said. “In 2010 I dislocated it and needed surgery. It doesn’t feel like that. It felt like a jar. When I did it in  after 20 minutes I was in so much pain I had to go get pain pills. Right now I’m in a little bit of pain but it’s not terrible. So I hope it’s nothing serious.”
Since he rejoined the team on August 5, Robinson has three hits in 17 at bats, scoring once and driving in a run. He also made a game-saving play in right field against the Padres.
To replace him, the Cardinals may look to Randal Grichuk. The versatile outfielder is already on the 40-man roster and swings a heavy bat from the right side, homering 25 times this season in Memphis.
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Matt Adams also suffered an injury Monday, hitting his face on the railing along the right field wall. The first baseman collided with Kolten Wong as they both tracked a pop up, the impact of which pushed him into the wall.
Adams had a swollen lip, but was able to stay in the game. Afterward, he said he had a cut on the inside and outside of his mouth, but suffered no other injuries. He doesn’t expect to miss any time.