As of last week the plan was for first baseman Matt Adams to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Cardinals shortly after September roster expansion, but he’s suffered a setback in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn quadriceps muscle.
Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Adams “felt some tightness in his left quadriceps” while going through drills at the Cardinals’ minor league complex in Florida. For now it’s viewed as a small setback, but Adams is running out of time to make it back for any regular season action and show that he’s worth having on the postseason roster.
Prior to the injury he hit just .243 with four homers and a .656 OPS in 43 games, but in 2013 and 2014 he posted an .800 OPS. In Adams’ absence the Cardinals have used Matt Reynolds as their primary first baseman, with underwhelming results.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.