St. Louis Cardinals activate Matt Adams from disabled list

Written by Alexi Bollwerk

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With a month remaining in the regular season the Cardinals will be getting some in-house reinforcements in the return of first baseman Matt Adams. The Cardinals activated Adams from the 15-day disabled list on Friday after he had been sidelined since Aug. 10 with right shoulder inflammation.

Adams was recently in a minor league rehab assignment for the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals Triple-A affiliate).. Adams played first base for two of the four game series against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

Adams went 3-for-16 with a home run and two RBIs in five rehab games. He said since his rehab assignments started he hasn’t noticed any problems with his shoulder.

“Body feels good,” Adams said. “I’m feeling comfortable in the box so its all about getting the AB’s again and getting the timing and the rhythm where it needs to go so I can go back up and help the team during the stretch. I think the big thing is the timing of offense and defense.”

Adams may find himself playing a role off the bench. For the past few weeks, Matt Carpenter has taken over first base. Adams hasn’t put up the numbers to keep him in the lineup every day. The Cardinals have had outstanding play from Jedd Gyorko and Brandon Moss. Both players sit atop the team lead for home runs. Moss with 25 and Gyorko with 24.

It’s hard to find room for Adams because he only plays first base. Adams can be a dangerous weapon off the bench because he has shown signs of power. In 95 games this year for the Cardinals, Adams is hitting .249 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs.

Adams said he is physically ready to help the team.

“I think the big test was playing nine (Monday),” Adams said. “Seeing how I felt today when I woke up and I felt good. It was good going back-to-back nine innings games. I feel like I’ve responded well to that.”

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