Peralta leaves game with left thumb discomfort

Peralta leaves game with left thumb discomfort

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals third baseman Jhonny Peralta left Tuesday night's game against the Pirates due to left thumb discomfort in the top of the fourth inning.

"Jhonny's thumb is sore, so we're just being cautious," Matheny said.

Matheny added that it happened on a swing, but was a different area on the same thumb which caused him to miss the first two months of the season after he had surgery on it. He injured the thumb in Spring Training fielding a ground ball and returned on June 7 after missing 57 games.

Matt Carpenter played 51 games at third base in Peralta's absence while Kolten Wong started a majority of the games at second base. Since his return, Carpenter has moved to second base while Wong has been optioned to Triple-A and then recalled to play center field.

Jedd Gyorko, who was in the game at first base, moved to third base after Peralta left, and Matt Adams entered the game at first. Peralta, who was unavailable for comment postgame, was 0-for-1. Adams finished the night 0-for-3 and Gyorko was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.