Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Moss Goes on DL, Allowing Grichuk to Return to Unknown Role

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Moss Goes on DL, Allowing Grichuk to Return to Unknown Role

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The limp that Brandon Moss played through Monday afternoon and said wasn't as bad as it looked Monday evening put him on the disabled list Tuesday.

The Cardinals' leading slugger will miss at least the next 15 days with a sprained ankle after meeting with a foot specialist and team physicians Tuesday. Moss jammed his left foot into first base when legging out an infield hit Monday. To replace him on the roster, the Cardinals brought Randal Grichuk back to the majors from Class AAA, though they did so without the promise of playing time once advertised as a reason he'd return.

"I think decisions are sometimes made based on what's happening with your roster, too, and there was an injury," general manager John Mozeliak said. "He was swinging a good bat down there, and he'll get an opportunity."

Grichuk was expected to arrive during Tuesday's game.

At the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate, he had hit five home runs and batted .283 in 53 at-bats over 15 games. He had struck out nine times in his final 31 at-bats for the Redbirds, though he had stretches of reduced swings and misses. That was a big part of why the Cardinals demoted the center fielder, so that he could make more consistent contact after batting .206 in his 204 at-bats at the major-league level this season. He took one walk in his fortnight at Memphis.

"Hard contact is also what's important," Mozeliak said. "He was doing that." Eight of his 15 hits went for extra bases.

Moss was diagnosed with a mild sprain of his left ankle, and with the All-Star break looming the team decided it was better to put him on the DL than play short for the next six games. The days during the break count toward the 15-day minimum, so Moss will miss a minimal amount of games before returning.

PENA WILL SERVE U.S. ARMY

The phone call from the military recruiter that Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena had been waiting for came Tuesday, and if the U.S. Army calls again asking him to serve, he said he would probably leave baseball to do so.

Pena, 34, has been exploring the possibility of joining the U.S. Army Reserves, and he learned Tuesday that he will be able to participate in training and work as an ambassador, but his contract with the Cardinals forbids him from officially enlisting. …

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