04/13/11 2:37 AM ET
Augenstein headed for DL; Tallet could follow
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
Right-hander Bryan Augenstein will be placed on the disabled list, general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday night, due to a right groin strain he suffered in Tuesday's loss to Arizona. Lefty Brian Tallet may yet be placed on the DL as well because of an injury to his right hand, but the club has backed off of its intention to shelve Tallet immediately.
Instead, his status will be re-evaluated after he is examined further by the Cardinals' medical staff in St. Louis on Wednesday. Like Augenstein, Tallet was injured in Tuesday night's game.
At least one pitcher will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis prior to Wednesday's game. Fernando Salas and Eduardo Sanchez would be the leading candidates to be promoted.
After pitching the sixth inning in relief of Chris Carpenter, Augenstein hit for himself in the top of the seventh and collected his first Major League hit. He came out to pitch the seventh and struck out Justin Upton. After his last pitch to Stephen Drew, a pitch on which Drew was called out on strikes, Augenstein fell to the ground in pain. He was helped off the field and removed for Jason Motte.
"There was a hole in front of the [pitching] rubber," Augenstein said. "The pitch before that, I felt a little twinge. I don't know if my foot got caught or not, but I felt a little twinge. I just thought because the mound, there was a little hole or whatever. And then the pitch when I threw it, the second one, it just went."
In the clubhouse after the game, Augenstein was able to walk, but he did so with a noticeable limp. Cardinals officials were unwilling to speculate on how long Augenstein might be out, but it was clear that it will not be a matter of a few days.
Tallet's injury has the potential to be less of an issue for him than Augenstein's, largely because it's his non-pitching hand. Still, it remains a possibility that Tallet will also go on the disabled list.
He suffered the injury on a strange play in the fifth inning. Stephen Drew grounded a ball to the right side, and Albert Pujols fielded it. Tallet raced over to cover, and as he took Pujols' throw, he and Drew became tangled up. Tallet rolled over on his wrist, but he wanted to stay in the game.
"I knew," he said. "I knew something happened. But it's one of those things. You're so in the heat of the moment, and it was like, 'I'll go for another. It's good. Let's just do it.' I didn't even know that my spot was coming up in the lineup and they were going to pinch-hit anyway."
The club's initial plan was to go ahead and make a move with Tallet, and that may yet be what the Cardinals do. The move will wait, though, until after he is checked out more thoroughly on Wednesday.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.