MILWAUKEE — Mike Mayers’ right shoulder injury is about what was expected. But Cardinals outfielder Tyler O’Neill’s right elbow ailment appears more serious than what was assumed Monday night.
Both were placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday as the Cardinals made a flurry of moves, which also included optioning utilityman Drew Robinson back to Memphis, from where he had come just the day before.
Robinson struck out twice in three at-bats after replacing O’Neill on Monday night. Yairo Munoz, who has been recalled from Memphis, could play center field.
Munoz, who was on a 10-day option, was eligible to come up earlier because of O’Neill’s injury. As expected, righthander Giovanny Gallegos, who had been optioned to Memphis after the Mexico trip but who hadn’t reported, is back with the team. The new face will be that of righthander Ryan Helsley, who will be making his major league debut when he pitches.
Helsley, a fifth-round draft pick in 2015 from Northeastern (Okla.) State, had started twice for Memphis, allowing three runs in seven innings.
Capable of throwing in the high 90s, Helsley had his own injury problems last year when he was limited to 13 minor league games because of shoulder tendinitis.
Mayers, who felt a cramping in his right shoulder Monday while pitching to Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich, who subsequently hit one of his three homers in the game, was diagnosed with a right shoulder lat strain, which would seem to put him for several weeks, at least.
O’Neill, who uncorked a terribly wild throw to the plate in the second inning Monday, was found to have an elbow ulnar nerve sublaxation, which involves misalignment of vertebrae. That also would seem to be something of a long-term issue. The muscular Canadian had just hit his first homer of the season on Sunday in Mexico.
O’Neill had been filling in for Harrison Bader, who is recovering from right hamstring tightness. The Cardinals probably are hoping to keep Bader out of the lineup until Friday after they play Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon and have an off day on Thursday.