St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams was hurt while running the bases on a double in Tuesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Adams had turned first and was heading to second when he pulled up halfway and limped the rest of the way to the bag.
Adams, while able to walk off the field under his own power, was clearly in significant pain before being removed from the game. Adams was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a “strained right quad” Wednesday and said after Tuesday’s game, “I felt fine until I got to the base, and it just tightened up as I rounded the base, it’s sore. It doesn’t feel great. We’ll readdress it [Wednesday].”
Manager Mike Matheny said he has a “high level of concern” as to the severity of the injury. It was later revealed that the injury is between a grade two and three strain, with a three being a full tear. General Manager John Mozeliak said that Adams’ stint on the disabled list will be “extended”, as they weigh whether or not surgery will be necessary. In his third full MLB season, Adams is off to a rough start. He’s hitting .241/.280/.369 with four home runs and 20 RBI, putting him on pace to set career lows in nearly every category. The first baseman had, however, seemingly been breaking out of his slump. Tuesday’s double was his third extra-base hit in as many days.
In the meantime the club will turn to veteran Mark Reynolds as their primary first baseman, who was signed as a free agent this past offseason. He is currently slashing .250/.314/.406 with 3 home runs. The Cardinals hope outfielder Jon Jay will be back soon from his DL stint to take Reynolds’ bench spot.