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Gyorko heads to DL; Voit recalled

The Cardinals announced today before the game that infielder Jedd Gyorko has been placed on the 10 day DL with a right hamstring strain and the team has recalled first baseman Luke Voit from Memphis.

What happened

In last night’s 8th inning, Kolten Wong poked a base hit into right field that scored Yadier Molina to score the game with Jedd Gyorko coming in behind him until a third of the way home, Gyorko pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury. Once time was called, Gyorko didn’t even wait for the trainer to come out to him, he headed straight for the dugout.

What it means

Gyorko was in the middle of a career year, batting .272/.341/.469 with 18 home runs through 114 games. However, most of that damage was done in the first half. Since July 1st, Gyorko has hit just .221/.298/.376 with 6 home runs 44 games, but was showing signs of turning it around lately, hitting .282 with 3 home runs in the last 10 games.

In his place returns Luke Voit. Voit was optioned to Memphis on Monday after the club elected to keep Stephen Piscotty around following the Little League Classic. Voit had made just two starts in August, but had hit .304/.333/.435 over 15 games. In four games back with Memphis, Voit hit .429 with a home run.

With third base playing time up for grabs there are a few options available for the Cardinals. Greg Garcia, who will get the start today, has hit .289/.426/.368 in 20 games in August. The Cardinals may also do what they should have done to open the season and put Matt Carpenter at third base to play a career first baseman, this time Voit. Otherwise, this time around for him won’t go much better than last.

Impact

I give this a 7/10 for impact. Gyorko is one of the starters on this team and despite his recent struggles has been one of the Cardinals top offensive performers, leading the team in RBI. But if Voit can come up and hit like I think he can when getting consistent at bats, this could be a net plus for the Cards down the stretch.

Jon Doble has been writing about the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010. You can follow him on Twitter at @JonDobleRBD, find him as R27 at RedbirdTalk.com and you can hear him co-host The UCB Podcast every fourth Wednesday night of the month. Redbird Dugout is a member of the United Cardinal Bloggers.

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