May 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) is congratulated by left fielder Matt Holliday (7) after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

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Matt Carpenter Injury Could Raise Cardinals' Need For Matt Adams

Matt Carpenter left the St. Louis Cardinals' win over the San Diego Padres Tuesday with what was described as tightness in his right side and could be an oblique strain, Major League Baseball's leading injury epidemic. That could leave the Cardinals without their rookie super-sub for a few weeks, and without anybody but Matt Adams to start at first base while Allen Craig sits on the 15-day disabled list and Lance Berkman gets his knee checked out.

No pressure, right? Adams has already been called upon to start against the left-handed Clayton Richard, who struck him out and induced a double play; altogether he's 2-10 in three consecutive starts, with two walks and two strikeouts. Without Carpenter Adams is the extent of the Cardinals' options at first base until Craig comes back, whereupon the Cardinals will have to decide whether they want to keep Adams up for the occasional spell against a right-hander or get him more at-bats in AAA and call up a player like Mark Hamilton until Carpenter is back.

Daniel Descalso is likely to take Carpenter's duties as backup third baseman without issue—perhaps opening up more playing time for the newly popular Tyler Greene—but if Carp hits the DL it'll be up to Matt Adams to spell Lance Berkman and Allen Craig.


Matt Adams Scuffles In Start Vs. Lefty Clayton Richard

Unfortunately for those of us who follow top St. Louis Cardinals prospects quite this closely, not everyone has a Jeff Francoeur or Bryce Harper or Bo Hart start in them to begin his career—the whole thing requires a little more patience than we're accustomed to having to exercise on the internet. So too with Matt Adams, who, a day after going 2-4 in his debut, brought on suddenly by Lance Berkman's injury, went 0-4, struck out twice, and grounded into a double play. These things happen. It didn't help that Adams was making his second career start against a left-hander, San Diego Padres veteran Clayton Richard.

He got Adams once, and then again with the double play, before reliever Andrew Cashner—the triple-digits-hurling reliever the Padres got from the Chicago Cubs for first baseman Anthony Rizzo—caught him swinging on a 99 mile-an-hour fastball.

Matt Adams Watch will no doubt continue—at least until he hits his first career home run, presumably out of five-to-six-hundred—but I find it helpful, every few days, to remind myself that baseball players rarely come out of the gate hitting .450.

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