Triple-A first baseman Matt Adams, who has been dealing with soreness in his right elbow, received encouraging news from a doctor on Wednesday. Adams was told that he should be able to play through the discomfort without creating any additional risk. The Cardinals have already placed him on the seven-day disabled list and, for precautionary reasons, are expected to hold him out until about July 16.
That will allow him time to rest through the Triple-A All-Star break and be eased back by taking batting practice and infield work. Adams last played on June 30.
Though they have been carefully monitoring Lance Lynn's workload, the Cardinals will not keep the right-hander from being available to pitch in the All-Star Game. And with Lynn starting on Thursday, the game actually falls on what would be his next scheduled day to pitch.
The club can give Lynn rest by pushing back his first start after the All-Star break, too. Discussions have already been had about how the Cardinals will order their rotation to start the second half. Those plans have not yet been made public.
Manager Mike Matheny said that the Cardinals plan to send Lance Berkman on a Minor League rehab assignment before activating him off the disabled list. Berkman, recovering from surgery on his right knee, has said that he is hopeful of returning soon after the All-Star break. He continues to increase the intensity of his various baseball activities while working out in St. Louis.
Right-hander Brandon Dickson has been named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team as a replacement for Barret Browning, who was called up to St. Louis on Saturday. Dickson will be Memphis' lone representative. In 15 starts for Memphis this season, he is 4-8 with a 3.58 ERA. He also had a short stint with the Cardinals.