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Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams out indefinitely with torn quadriceps, may need surgery

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Bad news on injured Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’s been diagnosed with a torn quadriceps muscle and may need surgery.

No word yet on how long he’s expected to be sidelined, other than Goold speculating that it’ll be “significant time.”

Adams was off to a slow start this season, but he’s hit .277 with a .770 OPS in 320 games for the Cardinals since debuting in 2012 and has been particularly good versus right-handed pitching. In his absence Mark Reynolds will take over as the primary first baseman and rookie Randal Grichuk could also be in line for more playing time.

Matt Adams is hurt, so the Cardinals turn to Mark Reynolds

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Matt Adams’ poor start to the season now includes an injury, as the Cardinals first baseman suffered a strained quadriceps muscle Tuesday and is expected to be placed on the disabled list.

Adams hurt his quadriceps while running out a double, his seventh of the season, which improved his numbers at the plate to a .243 batting average and .656 OPS in 42 games. That’s a 120-point drop in OPS compared to last season.

Offseason pickup Mark Reynolds figures to take over as the Cardinals’ starting first baseman for however long Adams is out. He still has 25-homer power if the Cardinals can stomach tons of strikeouts, but the 31-year-old Reynolds hasn’t produced much in a part-time role and hasn’t topped an .800 OPS since 2011.

Matt Carpenter expected to rejoin the Cardinals on Tuesday

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Matt Carpenter was held back in St. Louis this weekend as the Cardinals traveled to Pittsburgh because the star third baseman was dealing with a range of concerning symptoms like an accelerated heart rate and extreme fatigue. What’s at the root of those symptoms isn’t quite clear. Maybe he really is just tired after a hugely-productive first four weeks.

Whatever the case, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes Sunday that the Cardinals are anticipating Carpenter will feel well enough to join them Tuesday evening in Cleveland for the opening of a three-game interleague series against the Tribe. Here’s more from Goold’s report

Matheny reiterated the team’s expectation that Carpenter, given four consecutive games off, will rejoin the team Tuesday in Cleveland, ready to play. Carpenter experienced dizziness, trouble sleeping and an accelerated heart rate last week. Matheny said the team’s first suspicion was a virus, but that wasn’t found via tests.

The team did run a battery of tests on Carpenter to determine if he was dealing with a cardiovascular issue, and when asked about that Saturday, Matheny said he “hasn’t heard one thing like that.”

Carpenter was batting .333/.403/.620 with five home runs, 14 doubles, 20 RBI, and 23 runs scored through his first 27 games this season. Mark Reynolds is at third base in Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates.