ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The Cardinals' bruised and battered roster took yet another one-two punch Friday, as the team announced both shortstop Paul DeJong and pitcher Matt Bowman were placed on the 10-day DL.
DeJong, hitting .260 and tied for the the team lead in eight home runs, was hit in the left hand by a pitch in the eighth inning Thursday night by Philadelphia’s Luis Garcia, but stayed in the game and later took another at bat.
However subsequent X-rays revealed the fracture.
"It was clear he broke his fifth metacarpal," said John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations for the Cardinals. "Tough kid, obviously. The pain tolerance is not normal, but unfortunately that doesn't change the outcome."
DeJong had surgery at 5 p.m. Friday, and a plate was put in to stabilize his bone. The team plans to take it week by week, but have a plate put in means the young shortstop will miss significant time.
"Obviously a huge disappointment," Mozeliak said. "A young man who was having a great year for us, making a lot of positive adjustments at the plate and defensively holding up his end."
DeJong, who finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2017, was third among middle infielders in home runs (33) since his debut.
The Cardinals recalled utility man Yairo Munoz and outfielder Tyler O’Neill to shore up their 25-man roster.
Munoz made the team out of spring training due to a hot bat and versatile glove, but sputtered in the majors. After hitting .111 in 11 games, he was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
There, he found his swing, batting .287 with three homers and 13 RBI. He also played every position but first base, catcher and right field.
O’Neill is a big-swinging threat, ranking in the top 10 in the Pacific Coast League in several categories.
He’s second in home runs (13), sixth in RBI (31) and sixth in OPS (1.041). He also has a .319 average.
O’Neill comes into St. Louis on a hot streak, having hit four homers in the past week for the Memphis Redbirds.
The Cardinals have now had seven players join the DL in the last 10 days, and have 10 sidelined players in total.