The St. Louis Cardinals have placed infielder Matt Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, as the team announced on Wednesday afternoon. Carpenter was playing third base for St. Louis on Tuesday night when he tweaked himself during his first at-bat, ultimately leaving the game.
Injuries continue to ravage the Cardinals' lineup, which is now missing Lance Berkman, Allen Craig and Jon Jay in addition to Carpenter. Matt Adams will get the full-time nod at first base for the time being with Hill providing back-up duty.
So far in 2012, Carpenter has hit .288/.356/.519 with three homers over 118 plate appearances while establishing himself as a legitimate big leaguer. His replacement on the active roster, the 27-year-old Hill, has hit .242/.292/.470 with four homers in 72 plate appearances with Triple-A Memphis this year.
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