The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that third baseman Jedd Gyorko has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Outfielder Harrison Bader has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis.
Gyorko left Monday’s game against the Brewers when he suffered the injury. In three games, Gyorko has two singles, a double, a walk, and a stolen base in eight plate appearances.
Bader, 23, debuted in the majors last year, posting a .659 in 92 plate appearances across 32 games.
Matt Carpenter will likely get most of the starts at third base while Gyorko is absent.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.