St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is expected to miss the next three to four months after suffering a "significant" right quadriceps tear during Tuesday’s victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team announced. Adams will undergo surgery on Friday.
"It's going to be a while," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told The Associated Press. "This is not something that's going to be 15 days. Hopefully, in the next couple days we'll have a better understanding, but he's going to miss some time."
Adams, 26, suffered the injury while running out a double in the fifth inning of the Cardinals' 6–4 win over Arizona and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The Cardinals recalled catcher Ed Easley from Triple A Memphis to take Adams's spot on the roster.
"Fingers crossed, if things go well maybe I'll be able to get back by the end of the season," Adams said. "It's just something that needed to be done.
"We'll touch base on that after I check back in a couple days after Friday," he added. "It's a tough break, not what I wanted. I want to be healthy, too."
Mark Reynolds will take over as team's starting first baseman.
"It's huge that the organization was wise enough to have somebody ready to jump in here," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Not that we were anticipating anything happening to Matt, but to have that depth and have the understanding that that is a spot where we might need some help.”
Adams is batting .243 with four homers and 20 RBIs this season for the Cardinals (31–16), who have the best record in baseball.
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