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Jedd Gyorko exits game with right hamstring injury

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Cardinals’ third baseman Jedd Gyorko left Saturday’s game with a right hamstring injury after running the bases in the eighth inning. The extent of the injury will be determined pending further tests on Sunday, but a disabled list assignment seems likely after manager Mike Matheny told reporters it “didn’t look good.”

In the eighth inning, with two outs and the bases loaded, Kolten Wong slashed a base hit to right field, plating Yadier Molina for the tying run. Gyorko was close on Molina’s heels, but abruptly stopped after rounding third base and limped off the field with a trainer.

Pinch-runner Carlos Martinez replaced Gyorko at third, but Greg Garcia quickly lined out to end the inning. The Cardinals returned in the ninth to complete their rally, clinching the win with a two-run, walk-off home run from Tommy Pham and evening the series 1-1.

In Gyorko’s absence, the Cardinals could turn to Garcia to take a few reps at the hot corner. Brian Stull of stlbaseballweekly.com suggests that Aledmys Diaz or Patrick Wisdom might be in line for a promotion as well, though Diaz has handled third base just six times in the minors this season and Wisdom isn’t currently on the 40-man roster.

Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team

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Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.

Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.

Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.