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Harper out of Phils' lineup after being hit in face; DeJong gets a rest for Cardinals

Harper out of Phils' lineup after being hit in face; DeJong gets a rest for Cardinals

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Philadelphia Phillies vs St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong turns a double play as Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Matt Joyce (7) tries to break it up during a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Lous Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com

In this episode of Inside Pitch, sports columnists Ben Frederickson and Jeff Gordon discuss the ramifications of the scary incident at Busch, when Cardinals reliever Genesis Cabrera accidentally hit Phillies superstar Bryce Harper in the face with a fastball. From potential retaliation, to the aftermath Cabrera must sort through, how the Cardinals (and Harper) recovers will be important to both teams. The two also discuss Paul DeJong's ups and downs and Carlos Martinez's climb back to relevance.

There will be several notable omissions from the lineups for both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cardinals in Thursday afternoon’s series finale of a four-game series at Busch Stadium.

Most prominent are the absences of Phils right fielder Bryce Harper and shortstop Didi Gregorius, who were hit in the cheek and ribs, respectively, by Cardinals reliever Genesis Cabrera on Wednesday night. Both, however, still are active.

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said he wasn’t likely to use Cabrera Thursday in the final meeting of the two teams. He also isn’t starting shortstop Paul DeJong, who is down to .173, with Edmundo Sosa gaining his second start at that position.

Also, Shildt will have a new reliever in righthander Seth Elledge, who was with the club periodically in 2020, posting a 1-0 record with 4.63 earned run average and striking out 14 in 11 2/3 innings.

 Righthander Jovan Oviedo, who pitched five innings in a start on Wednesdsay,  was optioned to the alternate site camp. During the Cardinals’ stretch of 17 games in 17 days—they are at game 7 now—Shildt said Oviedo would make a couple of starts as the sixth starter but he didn’t say they would be in succession.

Oviedo would have to stay down for 10 days before he could be brought back, unless there was an injury but he could return at the end of the stretch to start against Colorado here next weekend. 

And, speaking of injury. . .

It appears that Harper isn’t seriously hurt although he didn’t start Thursday. Shildt, asked if he was worried that some of his sluggers might be hit after the Cardinals hit two Phillies batters on Wednesday and Cincinnati’s Jonathan India in the head to Sunday, answered, “Yeah. (But) we hope that people can separate it in a sense of clearly being unintentional.

“We also appreciate the fact that people are going to be rightfully upset that guys got hit in some really ugly places. cases.

“You would hope they would look at it in a big picture but I can’t say it’s out of the realm of possibility. Ultimately, I can’t control what other people do or think.

“It was an ugly situation last night that was handled very well, as well as it could have been handled, I felt like. It’s part of the game. It’s competition. It’s something we don’t like to see.

“Our dugout, our training staff, ‘Mad Dog’ (pitching coach Mike Maddux) and I were all trying to get on the field to see f he was OK. And then we realized, ‘He’s not our player.’

“Then we checked in to see if Cabrera was OK and I think he’s going to be OK as well.” 

Lefthander Kwang Hyun Kim will go for the Cardinals against Phils ace Aaron Nola, who blanked the Cardinals some 10 days ago in Philadelphia. 

Cardinals lineup

1. Tommy Edman 2b

2. Dylan Carlson cf

3. Paul Goldschmidt 1b

4. Nolan Arenado 3b

5. Tyler O’Neill lf

6. Andrew Knizner c

7. Justin Williams rf

8. Edmundo Sosa ss

9. Kwang Hyun Kim p

Philadelphia lineup

1. Andrew McCutchen lf

2. Alec Bohm 3b

3. Rhys Hoskins 1b

4. J.T. Realmuto c

5. Odubel Herrera cf

6. Scott Kingery 2b

7. Roman Quinn rf

8. Nick Maton ss

9. Aaron Nola p

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