12:06pm: Gyorko has a mild hamstring strain, tweets Langosch, who adds that the Cardinals are optimistic he’ll make it back before the season ends.
11:21am: The Cardinals have placed third baseman Jedd Gyorko on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain and recalled first baseman Luke Voit from Triple-A Memphis. Gyorko suffered the injury during the Cardinals’ 6-4 win over the Rays on Saturday, and manager Mike Matheny told reporters after the game that it “didn’t look good” (via Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com). There’s concern Gyorko could be out for the foreseeable future, per Langosch.
St. Louis climbed over .500 (65-64) with its latest victory and sits 4.5 games back in the National League Central and five out of an NL wild-card spot, so Gyorko’s absence could affect the playoff race. Gyorko’s in the middle of a second straight respectable season with the Cardinals, though his .272/.341/.469 batting line in 449 plate appearances masks a subpar second half. Since the All-Star break ended, Gyorko has hit just .213/.292/.362 in 127 trips to the plate. But the 28-year-old is still capable of helping the Redbirds in other facets when he’s not producing with the bat, evidenced by his fifth-ranked defensive runs saved total (16).
With Gyorko down and Voit back in the majors after a .253/.323/460 showing in 96 PAs earlier this year, the Cardinals could shift first baseman Matt Carpenter back to third, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes (Twitter link). Carpenter has played the majority of his career at the hot corner, but he has only appeared there once this season.