ST. LOUIS -- As expected, the Cardinals placed right-hander Lance Lynn on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday due to a strained left oblique muscle. The club reinstated outfielder/infielder Allen Craig from the DL to take Lynn's roster spot, but it's likely that an additional pair of moves will follow within the next day or two.
Lynn suffered the injury in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's loss to Milwaukee, and it was quickly evident that he was headed to the DL. Club officials would not venture a guess as to how long Lynn will be out, but it is virtually impossible that he will miss the minimum 15 days.
"If it's just a slight little something, you might get back in two weeks," manager Tony La Russa said, "[but] normally it's three to four, four to five, five to six [weeks]. It just depends."
The moves leave the Cardinals with 11 pitchers, a status that La Russa is not comfortable with. It's likely that before the weekend, the club will add a 12th pitcher to the roster. That could be an internal option like Brandon Dickson, Maikel Cleto or Raul Valdes. It could also be a pitcher from outside the organization, such as veteran lefty Arthur Rhodes.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that the Cardinals have had conversations with the agent for Rhodes, who was released by the Rangers. Rhodes has long been a pitcher of interest to the Cardinals, and La Russa indirectly acknowledged recently that Rhodes could be a good fit for his team.
In the meantime, though, the Cardinals added a potent bat to their roster in Craig. He immediately stepped into the starting lineup, getting the call in left field on Wednesday. However, it may be tough to find Craig many at-bats in the coming weeks, unless Matt Holliday's back injury keeps him out for longer than expected. Second base no longer appears to be a viable outlet for Craig to get at-bats, limiting him mostly to left and right field.
Craig came on strong at the end of his Minor League rehabilitation assignment, going 9-for-30 over his last eight games.
"It took me a few games to get my timing back, but after that I was feeling pretty good and ready to go," he said.
In addition to the moves, the Cardinals also got Yadier Molina back in the fold on Wednesday. Molina was reinstated after missing five games due to suspension.
Achy back forces Holliday from lineup
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday was scratched from the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon due to some lower back discomfort. He suffered the injury while working out prior to St. Louis' game at Busch Stadium against the Brewers.
"I don't know much," Holliday wrote in a text message shortly before the game. "Just tweaked a muscle on my left side, low-back/glute. Shouldn't be more than a day or two."
A club source said of the decision to sit Holliday: "We're just being kind of safe."
Holliday was preparing to lift weights when he felt something pull.
Corey Patterson got moved from center field to right and batted second, with Allen Craig, who had initially been slotted in right, moving over to left and batting fifth. Jon Jay was inserted into the lineup, taking over center and batting eighth.
Holliday, 31, has been hot lately after a bit of a slow start to the second half. Tuesday night was his third straight two-hit game, and he's hitting .370 with a .739 slugging percentage since July 27. On the year, Holliday is batting .319, fifth in the National League, with a .422 on-base percentage (second in the league) and a .569 slugging percentage (fourth).
It's been a year filled with physical maladies for Holliday. He missed a week early in the season due to an emergency appendectomy and spent time on the disabled list in June because of a strained left quadriceps. He also missed some time in July due to illness.
Jay receives Cards' Heart and Hustle award
ST. LOUIS -- Jon Jay received two presents prior to Wednesday night's game against the Brewers. He was added to the Cardinals' lineup at the last minute, and he was named the team's recipient for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association "Heart and Hustle" award.
The award "honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and tradition of the game," according to the MLBPAA. Cardinals broadcaster and former pitcher Al Hrabosky presented Jay with the award in an on-field ceremony. The league-wide winner of the award will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 3, in New York.
"It was really cool," Jay said. "I found out last week about it, and it's pretty cool to get recognized for that."
Jay, 26, has emerged as the Cardinals' starting center fielder. He's batting .297 on the year with a .346 on-base percentage and a .418 slugging percentage.
He was initially slated to be held out of the lineup for a second straight night, the result of a recent slump. However, when Matt Holliday suffered a lower back injury before the game, Jay was inserted into the starting lineup.
Tyler Green reached base four times, including a home run, and scored four runs in Triple-A Memphis' 10-5 win against Colorado Springs on Tuesday. Maikel Cleto allowed one run on one hit in five innings, but he walked six to go along with his six strikeouts.
Double-A Springfield was off on Tuesday.
Domnit Bolivar and Xavier Scruggs homered in Class A Palm Beach's 7-6 loss to Charlotte.
Kolten Wong stayed torrid with six hits over two games as Class A Quad Cities split a doubleheader with Beloit. The Bandits took a 12-6 loss before winning, 6-5.
Short-season Batavia was rained out against Brooklyn.
Anthony Garcia and David Washington homered, helping propel rookie-level Johnson City past Bristol, 9-1.
The rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals were off on Tuesday.
Greene was a fine candidate for player of the day, but Wong's outburst was just too impressive. On the day, he was 6-for-8 with two runs, three RBIs, two doubles and a home run. He has four straight multihit games. Wong is batting .327 with a .385 on-base percentage and a .497 slugging percentage in his first season of professional baseball.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.