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.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.