ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Jhonny Peralta left Tuesday’s game against the Pirates early, exiting in the top of the fourth inning with what the Cardinals called “thumb discomfort.”
While the pain was in the same thumb he had surgery on this spring, one that caused him to miss more than 50 games, the announcement was that the two were unrelated. Manager Mike Matheny confirmed that diagnosis after the game.
"The same thumb but not the same area. So we're just being cautious," the skipper said, adding that the soreness was a result from a swing not for any defensive work.
Peralta had gone 0-for-1 with a strikeout, but had made plays in the field without having any visible problems. Jedd Gyorko, who started the game at first base, shifted to third and Matt Adams came in to man first.
The early exit comes just hours after the Cardinals placed Brandon Moss on the 15-day disabled list with sprained ankle.
Peralta is listed as day-to-day.