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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Shane Robinson, Matt Adams


By on 8/26/2014 12:15:00 PM

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams was not seriously injured when he ran into a railing after a foul ball in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, outfielder Shane Robinson sustained a left shoulder injury (video here and below) that will almost certainly lead to a roster move, reports Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Robinson reached base on a pinch hit single in the ninth inning, and then sustained what the Cardinals believe is a subluxation (a partial dislocation of the joint) in his left shoulder when he slid into second base on a stolen base attempt. He will return to St. Louis for evaluation.

Shane Robinson
The 29-year-old Robinson hit only .150/.227/.200 in 66 major-league PAs this season, but did have 3 hits since his recent recall from Triple-A Memphis, where he had posted a .304/.380/.398 line in 99 games. Robinson has spent part of five seasons in the majors, with a career .231/.303/.308 line. He was drafted by the Cardinals in 2006 (5th round) and made his debut  May 7, 2009. He lost the 2010 season following surgery on his left shoulder. His 2011 season was also marred with injuries, including hand and face surgeries and a concussion; in 2013 he was on the DL with a right shoulder strain. Robinson is pre-arb and under team control through 2017.

Matt Adams
Langosch writes, "the only evidence of [Adams'] contact with a railing along the right-field line was a cut on the outside and inside part of his lip. He sustained the gash after back peddling into Kolten Wong as both pursued a Travis Snider popup." Adams, who is hitting .303/.332/.481 (OPS+ 124) with 13 homers and 56 RBI, would be a significant loss to the Cards as they pursue the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central title.

Adams, 24, was drafted by the Cardinals in 2009 (23rd round), making his debut on May 12, 2012. He hit only .244/.286/.384 in 27 games, so the Cards sent him down to Triple-A Memphis for the rest of the season. However, he fared much better in 2013 (.284/.335/.503, OPS+129), allowing the Cards to feel comfortable with him as their full-time first baseman for 2014, and they moved Allen Craig to the outfield. Adams is pre-arb and under team control through 2018.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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