St. Louis Cardinals 3B Mark DeRosa goes on DL

by Keith Hernandez on July 7, 2009 @ 01:00:00 PDT


The Associated Press reports the St. Louis Cardinals placed third baseman Mark DeRosa (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, July 7, with a strained left wrist. The move is retroactive to July 1.

In a related move, the team announced that they have recalled infielder Brian Barden and outfielder Nick Stavinoha from Triple-A Memphis. Shortstop Tyler Green was optioned to Memphis Monday.

DeRosa initially injured his wrist during a game June 30. He was off to a slow start in St. Louis, going 0-for-9 in three games after hitting .270 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs with the Cleveland Indians this season.

Third baseman Joe Thurston is likely to see the majority of time at third base with DeRosa out, and Barden could see an occasional start there as well. Thurston is hitting just .218 with one home run and 21 RBIs in 197 at-bats this year.

Stavinoha could be used sparingly in the outfield along with Chris Duncan, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick.

Fantasy owners of DeRosa should not be alarmed. His injury does not appear to be serious and he has been improving in recent days. With the All-Star break next week, he figures to miss only one week of action. Stash him and wait for his multiposition eligibility after the break.

Thurston, Stavinoha and Barden do not have much fantasy value, especially with a week until the All-Star festivities. Thurston, a left-handed hitter, should only be considered in NL-only formats if you are desperate.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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