Adams exits game against Arizona with strained right quad

Published May. 26, 2015 10:08 p.m. EDT

ST. LOUIS -- A much-needed double for first baseman Matt Adams ended on a sour note as he limped into second base in the fifth inning Tuesday night.

Adams beat the shift and reached the wall on one bounce down the right-field line in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Diamondbacks. But halfway between first and second, he pulled up and limped the rest of the way to second base.

The Cardinals later determined he had strained his right quad, and Matheny says it's a serious concern going forward. Mark Reynolds, who came in to pinch run and play first base, will step into a regular role at first base while St. Louis makes another move.

"We're going through all that right now," Matheny said. "We'd take a position player from Triple A (Memphis), also checking in right now with Jon Jay and just how he feels, so we'll address all that (Wednesday)."


Jay went 0 for 4 in his first rehab appearance for the Single A Peoria Chiefs on Tuesday night, and he's eligible to come back off the disabled list after suffering from wrist tendinitis. If the Cardinals decide to recall a player from Memphis, Redbirds home run leader and first baseman Xavier Scruggs could return to St. Louis for a second time this season or Dan Johnson could play the position.

Adams is hitting .243 this season with three home runs and 20 RBIs while batting mostly in the cleanup spot. He said he felt tightness while running, but declined to speculate much until doctors evaluate him Wednesday.

"I've never had a quad issue before, so it's something new," Adams said.

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