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.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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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.