ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The Cardinals’ disabled list added another name Tuesday, as Jhonny Peralta joined Matt Carpenter and Brandon Moss on the roster of of every day players sidelined by injury.
Peralta was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 18, finally succumbing to a second thumb injury that flared up Sunday on a check swing.
The 34-year-old missed 57 games to begin the year while recovering from left thumb ligament surgery, and left a game on July 5 with what the team called “left thumb discomfort.” The second incident was an injury to a different spot in the thumb, and the team was hopeful Peralta could rebound with built in rest at the All-Star break.
“He continued to feel discomfort. We were hoping through anti-inflammatories he would be able to play through it,” General Manager John Mozeliak said. “Unfortunately he could not and I think the best thing for him right now is rest. Hopefully in about 10 days he can resume baseball activities.”
In the 30 games since Peralta’s return from surgery, he hit .221 with five homers. Though the injury is not a recurrence of the surgically-repaired ligament tear, the two are almost certainly related. Given the violence visited upon the hands due to swing mechanics and the weakness and sensitivity in Peralta’s thumb after being operated on and subsequently immobilized for a month, it’s not unusual secondary inflammation would appear.
The Cardinals hope he will rebound quickly, but Mozeliak did concede the third baseman could require a rehab assignment to regain his timing.
In his stead, Greg Garcia figures to get the bulk of the playing time at third base. The 26 year old has hit .321 with a .902 OPS this season in 43 games, and can fit in several places in the lineup. Utility man Jedd Gyorko will also get time at the hot corner, and his prolific success this year against his former team (the Padres) means he gets the nod Tuesday.
Taking Peralta’s spot on the 25-man roster is Jeremy Hazelbaker, who broke spring training camp with the team and played in 61 games to start the year. After beginning the season red hot, Hazelbaker was optioned to Memphis on June 15. At the time he had a .250 average, seven home runs and 19 RBIs.
The team also opted to bolster its bullpen Tuesday, calling up 30-year-old Miguel Socolovich.
“Given the condition of our bullpen, it also made sense to bring up another arm,” said Mozeliak, noting the team is in a stretch of 17 straight games.
To make room for Socolovich on the 25-man roster, the Cardinals designated catcher Michael McKenry for assignment. He is expected to ask for outright waivers Wednesday, which means other teams would be able to claim him; the same situation that landed Eric Fryer on the Pirates.
Slugger Brandon Moss is free of the walking boot he’s worn since spraining his ankle on July 4. Though he is making progress, the team does not expect him to return to the field until next week.
The sentencing of Chris Correa, the former scouting director for the Cardinals who was convicted of hacking the Houston Astros database, means Major League Baseball will open its own internal investigation into the matter before deciding punishment.
Cardinals Chairman Bill Dewitt Jr. issued a statement saying team personnel will remain quiet on the matter until that investigation is concluded, and Tuesday Mozeliak stuck to the rules, offering only, “Our responsibility will be to cooperate fully with the commissioner’s office and that’s what we intend to do.”