Cardinals Looking for Replacement after Peralta Sustains Lengthy Injury
Jhonny Peralta will miss 2-3 months due to a thumb injury, according to Cardinals GM John Mozeliak. He had an MRI on his hand it came back negative, meaning he had torn a ligament in his hand. Last year, Yadier Molina had the same injury that sidelined him through the end of the season.
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With Peralta injured, Jedd Gyorko will get the majority of the reps at shortstop. Gyorko lacks the range and power that Peralta can provide and by no means is an adequate replacement.
Last season, Gyorko hit 16 home runs with 57 RBIs with the San Diego Padres and will be starting at shortstop in many spring training games. He played 29 games at shortstop last season in San Diego, so he has experience at the position. The Cardinals were hoping to use Gyorko for his depth at many infield positions, but now he will be forced to concentrate on shortstop. At the same time, the Gyorko addition was meant to add depth for situations like this one, so Mike Matheny is probably thankful for that addition now.
Other in house replacements for Peralta include Greg Garcia and Aledmys Diaz. Diaz, 25, has yet to make his MLB debut. On the other hand, Garcia has been a solid back up infielder for the Cardinals but has not risen to the occasion when given the chance to start. Garcia is also ranked as the Cardinals’ 21st best prospect by MLBPipeline.com, so it might be wise to send him up to the majors for a bit and see what he can do against big league pitching.
Cardinals fans should not expect Mozeliak to make a move for another shortstop during Peralta’s absence. Unless his injury worse, Peralta should be back before June. The Cardinals should be able to stick with the Cubs and Pirates until Peralta returns.