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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Mark Ellis to DL with oblique strain

By on 8/20/2014 07:00:00 AM

With the waiver deadline looming, the St. Louis Cardinals lost some depth in the infield as Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.  

The oblique strain is seen as one of the trickiest injuries in the game.  Some days players can feel great one day and then are unavailable the next.  The hope in St. Louis is that this does not become a lingering issue with Ellis.

While rookie Kolten Wong has clearly retaken the starting role, the loss of Ellis takes away depth and veteran leadership from the team.  Though he has not produced like he once did, the 37-year-old provides a steady glove and a professional at-bat off the bench.

This season Ellis has struggled at the plate overall. Through 65 games he has a .192 batting average with zero home runs and a .267 OBP.  Off the bench he has a .333 OBP with three sacrifice bunts.

Rookie Greg Garcia will see some time in a backup role in Ellis' place. Garcia has played in seven games this year with the Cardinals with two hits in 10 plate appearances. 

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