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PITTSBURGH -- News and notes from around the Cardinals' Minor League system:

• Right-hander Tyrell Jenkins traveled to St. Louis on Monday to undergo an MRI on his right side. Jenkins exited his low Class A start Friday with discomfort in his back and shoulder area. The Cardinals believe Jenkins is dealing with a strained lat muscle, but the MRI was scheduled to confirm that the injury is no more severe.

Because of the timing, Jenkins will not pitch again this season. The Quad Cities club wraps up its season next Monday.

• Oscar Taveras, ranked by MLB.com as the Cardinals' top position-player prospect, is expected to return to the Double-A Springfield lineup on Tuesday. Taveras exited Friday's game after hitting first base awkwardly while trying to beat out a hit. He has been dealing with some discomfort in his hip/upper leg since.

"He could have played [Sunday and Monday]," farm director John Vuch said. "But we want to make sure there's no chance of reinjury."

The time off comes after Taveras sat two days last week because of general fatigue. Taveras is batting .322 with 35 doubles, 22 homers and 89 RBIs in Double-A this season.

• Cardinals top pitching prospect Shelby Miller was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week after limiting opponents to seven hits and three earned runs in a pair of starts (12 2/3 innings) last week. Miller struck out 19 and walked three. This marks Miller's second PCL weekly honor.

Outfielder Mike O'Neill (Springfield) and right-hander Boone Whiting (Quad Cities) also earned Player/Pitcher of the Week honors for their respective leagues.

• The Gulf Coast League Cardinals lost a winner-take-all playoff game against the GCL Pirates on Sunday that ended their season one game short of the league's championship series. The GCL Cardinals recorded only four hits in the 1-0 loss.

Rookie Level Johnson City clinched a playoff berth on Sunday. The club's best-of-three first-round series begins on Wednesday.

Double-A Springfield entered its game on Monday with a magic number of one to clinch a spot in the Texas League playoffs.

Short-season Batavia has an outside chance at playing in the New York-Penn League postseason, too. Batavia entered Monday trailing division leader Auburn by two, with 10 games remaining on its schedule.

PITTSBURGH -- News and notes from around the Cardinals' Minor League system:

• Right-hander Tyrell Jenkins traveled to St. Louis on Monday to undergo an MRI on his right side. Jenkins exited his low Class A start Friday with discomfort in his back and shoulder area. The Cardinals believe Jenkins is dealing with a strained lat muscle, but the MRI was scheduled to confirm that the injury is no more severe.

Because of the timing, Jenkins will not pitch again this season. The Quad Cities club wraps up its season next Monday.

• Oscar Taveras, ranked by MLB.com as the Cardinals' top position-player prospect, is expected to return to the Double-A Springfield lineup on Tuesday. Taveras exited Friday's game after hitting first base awkwardly while trying to beat out a hit. He has been dealing with some discomfort in his hip/upper leg since.

"He could have played [Sunday and Monday]," farm director John Vuch said. "But we want to make sure there's no chance of reinjury."

The time off comes after Taveras sat two days last week because of general fatigue. Taveras is batting .322 with 35 doubles, 22 homers and 89 RBIs in Double-A this season.

• Cardinals top pitching prospect Shelby Miller was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week after limiting opponents to seven hits and three earned runs in a pair of starts (12 2/3 innings) last week. Miller struck out 19 and walked three. This marks Miller's second PCL weekly honor.

Outfielder Mike O'Neill (Springfield) and right-hander Boone Whiting (Quad Cities) also earned Player/Pitcher of the Week honors for their respective leagues.

• The Gulf Coast League Cardinals lost a winner-take-all playoff game against the GCL Pirates on Sunday that ended their season one game short of the league's championship series. The GCL Cardinals recorded only four hits in the 1-0 loss.

Rookie Level Johnson City clinched a playoff berth on Sunday. The club's best-of-three first-round series begins on Wednesday.

Double-A Springfield entered its game on Monday with a magic number of one to clinch a spot in the Texas League playoffs.

Short-season Batavia has an outside chance at playing in the New York-Penn League postseason, too. Batavia entered Monday trailing division leader Auburn by two, with 10 games remaining on its schedule.