SEATTLE -- Matt Adams was a game-time scratch by the Cardinals on Friday due to lower back tightness, and the Cardinals won't be certain of his status for the second game of the series until Saturday.
Following his club's 4-3 loss to the Mariners, manager Mike Matheny explained how the last-minute change to his lineup came about when Adams' back tightened up shortly before first pitch. That led to Adams being replaced at first base by Jedd Gyorko, whose only previous start at that position came a week ago.
Matheny's original lineup for his club's series opener in Seattle featured Adams as the team's sixth-hole hitter. Brandon Moss replaced him in that batting order spot, while Gyorko slid into the No. 8 place.
Adams, who entered the series with two hits in his last 22 at-bats, has started just twice since June 15. Adams will be reevaluated on Saturday. He was unavailable for comment after the team's loss.
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