Tommy Pham dives but cannot reach a ball hit for a single by New York Mets' Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Thursday Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The Cardinals announced Monday that outfielder Tommy Pham has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left oblique strain and that the team will recall rookie infielder Aledmys Diaz from Memphis (AAA) prior to tomorrow night’s game against the Pirates.
Diaz, 25, batted .265 (9-for-34) with 5 RBI in 15 games this spring. The right-handed hitting Cuban native was signed by the Cardinals to a free-agent contract in March of 2014. The 6-1, 195-pound Diaz batted .380 with 3 home runs in 14 games at Memphis to close out the 2015 season and he posted a .315 batting average with 4 HR’s and 14 RBI in 20 games played during the Arizona Fall League season last year.
Pham, 28, grounded out to third base in his first and only at-bat of the game. It's unclear when the tightness set in, however, Pham was running hard out of the box and just missed being safe by a step. The temperature at game time was 39 degrees, a stark contrast to the weather in Florida, which could have played a role in Pham's injury.
Pham joins a growing list of injured Cardinals. Mitch Harris, Lance Lynn, Brayan Pena, Jhonny Peralta, Ruben Tejada and Jordan Walden all started the season on the disabled list.