Carpenter to the DL, Hill Up

Matt Carpenter has been placed on the 15-day DL

The hits just keep on coming, it seems. This time, it’s Matt Carpenter who is headed to the disabled list.

Carpenter has suffered a right oblique strain and has been placed on the DL, making him the fifth Cardinal since May 16 to hit the list.

According to Jenifer Langosch of

Taking Carpenter’s place on the roster will be catcher Steven Hill, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday. Hill can also play first base, as well the outfield. With a third catcher on the roster, manager Mike Matheny also has flexibility to use catcher Tony Cruz at first base, if necessary.

Matt Adams is expected to get the majority of starts at first base until Carpenter and/or Allen Craig (left hamstring strain) return from the DL.

Hill, whose has appeared in one Major League game during his career, was batting .257 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 19 games with Memphis this season. He had to be added to both the 25- and 40-man rosters, which makes the Cardinals’ 40-man roster now full.

Hill, who will wear No. 70, will be in uniform for Wednesday’s series finale against the Padres.

Get well soon Matty Carp … and Allen Craig, Jon Jay, Kyle McClellan and Lance Berkman.

HEY! You know what, that’s a lot of players who are injured on our team. Huh?

Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda. 

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