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Cardinals place Lance Berkman on disabled list, call up first base prospect Matt Adams

May 20, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

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According to the club’s official Twitter feed, the Cardinals placed Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list Sunday afternoon with a right knee injury and purchased the contract of first base prospect Matt Adams from Triple-A Memphis.

Berkman was pulled from Saturday’s game against the Dodgers after stretching awkwardly at first base to grab a throw from shortstop Rafael Furcal. The Cardinals aren’t sure exactly what his injury is, but they’re clearly thinking it’s fairly severe.

Adams was batting .340/.375/.603 with nine home runs and 27 RBI through 37 games this year for the Memphis Redbirds. He registered a .923 OPS, 32 home runs and 101 RBI in 115 games last season with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals.

Look for the burly 23-year-old to share time at first base with Matt Carpenter while Berkman recovers.

The Cardinals enter play Sunday with a 22-18 record, good enough for first place in the National League Central. But they have several key players who are hobbled and are stuck in a rut of poor starting pitching.

  1. hiltonandastoria - May 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Doubt there will be much of a spilt, the Cards didn`t pull Adams from AAA to not provide him with AB`s. I think Adams will see the large majority of time at 1st

    • okwhitefalcon - May 20, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Agreed, they didn’t bring him up to share time – he’s up to play.

      • Drew Silva - May 20, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        I think Adams will get the majority of playing time, but Carpenter is batting .283/.348/.505. They’ll keep him pretty active at first base if Beltran’s knee and foot are cooperating.

      • paperlions - May 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        Adams is actually a 1B, so…he’s got that going for him. The Cardinals have been playing a SS and 3B (Greene and Descalso) at 2B, two different 3B (Craig and Carpenter) at 1B, and two different 3B (Craig and Caprenter) in RF…..and the lack of familiarity with those positions shows on a regular basis….Adams may not be the best defender in the world, but at least 1B is his normal position.

      • okwhitefalcon - May 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

        We maybe seeing Carpenter spending some time at 3rd if Freese’s funk continues, dude’s having trouble making contact let alone getting a knock…

  2. blues1988 - May 20, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    saw him hit a blast when i was down in memphis, can’t wait to see this guy play again

  3. okwhitefalcon - May 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    It’s going to be very interesting to see how the new leadership in STL handles this adversity.

    TLR thrived in these situations and had veteran coaches and stars in the clubhouse who bought in to the “us against the world” mentality.

    I hope those traits have become organizational and the new regime is able to circle the wagons.

    I suppose we’ll know soon enough.

  4. okwhitefalcon - May 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Per Rob Rains, Matt Adams is in tonights starting lineup and batting 7th for ESPN’w national broadcast against the Dodgers.

    Welcome to the show big fella.

  5. spudchukar - May 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    The hits just keep on coming. Fortunately, the Red Birds have able bodied replacements. Right now, it is Dave Duncan that they seem to be missing the most.

    • okwhitefalcon - May 20, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Duncan is missed although I’m not sure if it can be quantified as “most”, the Cards actually made the majority of their run last year while he was on his leave of absence before returning for the last series of the season in Houston.

      This roster has been a calculated gamble from the start, they knew it was risky from the get go
      and hoped organizational depth would get them through times when the fragile vets invariably went down for periods of time.

      I doubt they’re in freak out mode just yet but I suspect there’s collective breaths being held waiting for the other, or in the Cards case of late – another shoe to drop.

      • okwhitefalcon - May 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        Uh, I may have to retract the “I doubt they’re in freak out mode just yet ” speculation
        from above before the day’s over.

        This, from Buster Olney’s twitter:

        @Buster_ESPN

        “Saw Berkman earlier, and he is getting an MRI Monday. He is concerned it’s a significant knee injury.”

  6. westcoastredbird - May 20, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Great News! I’m going to the game tonight in L.A. It’s always cool to see an up and comer in his major league debut. I wish Matt the best it will be loud and crazy here tonight. You’re right Spud it looks like Lilliquist is slightly over his skis. We sure need a good outing by Lohse, Waino to get back to his old self, Garcia to get the head out of his ass and Carp to get healthy.

  7. okwhitefalcon - May 21, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    StL Post Dispatch reporting Puma has a torn ACL and done for the year, MRI to confirm Monday.

    Terrible news.

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