he Cardinals made one move and announced another on Friday afternoon.
The club recalled infielder Tyler Greene from Triple-A Memphis and optioned reliever Fernando Salas to Memphis, getting back to the preferred ratio of 13 position players and 12 pitchers. More importantly, though, manager Tony La Russa told reporters that outfielder Ryan Ludwick has encountered a setback in his recovery from a right calf strain, and Ludwick will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Ludwick likely will not officially be placed on the DL until Saturday, because the Cardinals were not able to get a player to St. Louis in time to take his place. La Russa said that Ludwick was jogging on a treadmill as part of his rehabilitation when he aggravated the injury.
The move will be retroactive to Saturday. Ludwick last played one week ago, on June 25 in Kansas City. He first suffered the injury on June 22 in Toronto. He would be eligible to come off the DL on July 11, the last day before the All-Star break.
La Russa said that the Cardinals will most likely call up an outfielder to take Ludwick’s place on the roster. The leading candidates for a promotion would be Jon Jay, Allen Craig and Joe Mather, all of whom have played for the big league club this year.