Matt Adams could rejoin the Cardinals around September 1

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Good news here for the Cardinals, who began Monday’s action with a 3 1/2 game lead over the Pirates in the National League Central.

Adams has been out since May 26 with a full tear of his right quad. The injury required surgery and was originally expected to end his season, but he began ramping up baseball activities earlier this month. He could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Tuesday.

With the injuries to Adams and Matt Holliday, the Cardinals acquired Brandon Moss from the Indians before the trade deadline. The 31-year-old has batted just .170 with zero homers and a .491 OPS over 54 plate appearances while splitting time between first base and left field. Adams disappointed to the tune of a .243/.281/.375 batting line over 43 games prior to the injury, but his return could give Matheny an appealing alternative.

Cody Bellinger wins 2019 National League Most Valuable Player Award

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Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Associated of America. He received 19 of 30 first-place votes.

Bellinger, 24, was the NL Rookie of the Year two years ago and is now the MVP. In 2019, he hit .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBI, 121 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases. Among qualified position players in the NL, Bellinger and Christian Yelich tied in Wins Above Replacement at 7.8, according to FanGraphs. Bellinger’s strong year helped the Dodgers win a franchise record 106 games, though they were stopped short in the NLDS by the eventual world champion Nationals.

Bellinger is the first Dodger to win the award since Clayton Kershaw in 2014. He also joins Kirk Gibson, Steve Garvey, Sandy Koufax, and Maury Wills to win the award since the team moved to Los Angeles. Bellinger is overall the 13th Dodger to be named the MVP. He is the 18th NL player to win both a Rookie of the Year Award and an MVP award.

Yelich finished in second place and Anthony Rendon finished in third place. They were followed by Ketel Marte, Ronald Acuña Jr., Nolan Arenado, and Pete Alonso. Also receiving votes were Freddie Freeman, Juan Soto, Jacob deGrom, Josh Donaldson, Trevor Story, Jack Flaherty, J.T. Realmuto, Yasmani Grandal, Max Muncy, Stephen Strasburg, Eugenio Suárez, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Paul Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Kevin Pillar, and Max Scherzer.