The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s game that they have placed shortstop Paul DeJong (fractured left hand) and right-handed pitcher Matt Bowman (blisters on right index and middle fingers) on the 10-day disabled list and have recalled infielder Yairo Muñoz and outfielder Tyler O’Neill from Memphis (AAA). Bowman’s transaction is retroactive to May 17.
DeJong, the lone player to have appeared in all 41 of the Cardinals games this season, suffered his injury after being hit by a pitch in the 8th inning of last night’s game. The second-year infielder is batting .260 with 8 HR’s and 19 RBI this season, co-leading the team in round-trippers and leading the club with 71 total bases. Since making his debut on May 28, 2017, DeJong is ranked 3rd among all Major League middle infielders (SS/2B) in home runs with 33, trailing only the Twins Brian Dozier and the Indians Francisco Lindor who both have 34.
Bowman, who paced the Cardinals with 75 appearances last season, has appeared in 17 games this year, going 0-1 with a 5.82 ERA while striking out 20 in 17.0 innings pitched.
Muñoz, who made the team out of spring training, appeared in 11 games with the Cardinals in April, batting .111 (2-for-18) and making three starts at third base. The right-handed hitting rookie infielder was batting .287 with 3 HR’s & 13 RBI for Memphis, making starts at shortstop, second base, third base, left field and center field.
O’Neill also debuted with the Cardinals earlier this season, appearing in six games. The right-handed hitting outfielder was batting .319 with a team-high 13 HR’s and 31 RBI for Memphis. O’Neill currently ranks among Pacific Coast League leaders in HR’s (13-2nd), RBI (31-T6th), OPS (1.041-6th) and batting (.319-15th).
O’Neill hit four homers in the past week for Memphis, including two on May 14 vs. Nashville.
The Cardinals disabled list has currently swelled to 10 players, with seven of those players joining the list in the past 10 days.
Munoz wears uniform no. 34 and O’Neill is no. 41.