(KMOV.com) -- The Cardinals, on the verge of getting Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Moss back from injury with Matt Carpenter not far behind, have been hampered by injury yet again.
Aledmys Diaz, the All-Star rookie from Cuba, left the game against Miami in the first inning Sunday after being struck by a pitch in his right thumb. After being down 0-2, Diaz took a 95 mile per hour fastball from Andrew Cashner off his hand. He exited the game for further examinations.
The Cardinals later announced he suffered a right thumb contusion and it appeared he had dodged significant injury. During his postgame comments, the shortstop said he was relieved, adding, "thank god it's nothing too serious." At the time there was just swelling around his thumb but he seemed optimistic the exams scheduled for the next morning would bring positive news.
However after an X-ray Monday, Diaz was reportedly diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his thumb and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Aledmys Diaz has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right thumb and will be going on the DL. #stlcards— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) August 1, 2016
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the infielder is expected to miss more than the standard 15 days.
Diaz was ranked in the top 10 in the National League in batting average and doubles, and was 15th in OPS.