Matt Adams hits the DL

Matt Adams‘ hot start will have to wait for its next chance to burn as the Cardinals announced today that they have placed him on the 15 day disabled list retroactive to April 22nd. Adams had complained about tightness in his back and visited the club doctor yesterday to review the injury. Apparently it’s bad enough to side line him for a couple weeks.

Adams had been hitting .542 with 3 home runs in the 8 games he’d played in this season. His slugging percentage currently stands at 1.042.

In his place the club has purchased the contract of infielder Jermaine Curtis. Curtis, 25, was a fifth round pick of the Cardinals in the 2008 draft out of UCLA. He split time between Springfield and Memphis last season and amassed a line of .310/.419/.373 with a home run and 25 RBI. He is off to a solid start in Memphis this season, posting a .292 batting average with a home run and 17 RBI in 17 games.

He has primarily played third base through his career, but has logged innings at second base and the corner outfield spots. He appeared twice in 2011 for Springfield as a pitcher, tossing 1 2/3 perfect innings of relief with a strikeout.

There were only 38 players on the 40 man roster, so Curtis makes 39 as the team didn’t need to make any changes to the roster to make the call.