ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Paul DeJong has been officially activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday after missing 45 games with a broken left hand.
DeJong was hit by a pitch on May 17 and stayed in the game, only discovering after the game ended his left hand was fractured.
DeJong was hitting .260 and slugging .473 with eight homers and 19 RBIs before his injury. Even with more than 40 games off, his home run total is fifth among NL shortstops. He joined the team in San Francisco but was not activated until Friday.
To make room for DeJong on the 25-man roster, lefty pitcher Austin Gomber was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Gomber threw in 15 games for the Cardinals in his MLB stint, posting a 3.77 ERA.