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'Nothing is broken': Yadi back in lineup

@anne__rogers
September 16, 2020

Reinforcements greeted the Cardinals at Miller Park on Wednesday, as the team made roster moves ahead of the doubleheader against Milwaukee. Notably absent from those moves was catcher Yadier Molina, who was hit on his left wrist by a swing from Ryan Braun that prompted X-rays on Tuesday night --

Reinforcements greeted the Cardinals at Miller Park on Wednesday, as the team made roster moves ahead of the doubleheader against Milwaukee.

Notably absent from those moves was catcher Yadier Molina, who was hit on his left wrist by a swing from Ryan Braun that prompted X-rays on Tuesday night -- and led to a benches-clearing incident in St. Louis' 18-3 loss. More detailed scans, including a CT scan, were taken Wednesday. None revealed a fracture or anything broken, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said.

Molina was in the lineup for Game 1 and batted ninth, which will limit his at-bats while not limiting his time behind the plate.

“Nothing is broken, thankfully," Shildt said. "Clearly, probably some discomfort, but he’s going to do what he does.”

Shildt suspended 1 game for Crew dustup

Rookie right-hander Johan Oviedo was added to the active roster after passing his rapid COVID-19 test Wednesday, and he will start Game 2. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Oviedo, the Cardinals designated lefty Rob Kaminsky for assignment.

Infielder Max Schrock was added to the active roster, and outfielder Lane Thomas optioned to the alternate training site. Thomas has hit .111 (4-for-40) with 13 strikeouts despite getting ample playing time recently. Outfielder Justin Williams was named the 29th man for Wednesday's doubleheader and started in right field for Game 1.

Right-hander Junior Fernández was activated as a fresh arm for the bullpen, while righty Nabil Crismatt was optioned after pitching three innings in Tuesday’s blowout loss.

Wong day-to-day after feeling ‘sharp pain’ on left side
Part of the reason the Cards activated Schrock was to add infield depth while second baseman Kolten Wong heals from left side discomfort that first occurred before Tuesday’s loss. Wong said that he felt a pain over his left rib cage while taking swings, which prompted an MRI. The scan showed no structural damage, and he has compression tape wrapped around his torso and is going to try to take swings in the cage.

“Just trying to figure out what’s causing the pain and how can we push through it,” Wong said.

Wong feels he can contribute defensively and running, but swinging hurts. The Cards want to be cautious but also don’t want to put Wong on the injured list if it isn’t warranted because of the 15 games remaining in the regular season.

“Running and defense is something I feel like I can do," Wong said. "I’m going to try and take some swings today and see how I feel, but for the most part, I know I can come in as a defensive replacement or whatever they need me to do.”

Fowler back to baseball activities
Outfielder Dexter Fowler was back at Busch Stadium on Wednesday partaking in baseball activities. Fowler is on the IL because of the immune-suppressing medication he’s taking to alleviate a stomach ailment he's dealt with this season.

The Cardinals, who wouldn't disclose a timeframe on Fowler's return, are hopeful that he can be back before season's end.

“He feels more encouraged every day, stronger every day,” Shildt said. “Baseball activities are ramping up. He’s on a good path and trajectory to rejoin us. I do have a date for it, but it’s unfair for me to say what it would be because it could change. We’re not ready to disclose that, but he is eyeing a return.”

Cardinals announce 2021 Spring Training schedule
The Cardinals’ 24th Spring Training at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., is scheduled to begin on Feb. 27, 2021, with the 30-game Grapefruit League slate ending on March 28 against the Nationals. The Cardinals and Major League Baseball announced Spring Training schedules on Wednesday.

St. Louis will play 15 home games and 15 road games, including four games as the visiting team against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cards will host six different Grapefruit League opponents in 2021.

The Cardinals are expected to break camp on March 28 following the game against the Nationals and will open the regular season on April 1 in Cincinnati. Game times, ticket availability and player report dates for Spring Training will be announced later.

Anne Rogers covers the Cardinals for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @anne__rogers and on Facebook.