St. Louis Cardinals' Steven Piscotty strikes out in his major league debut during the second inning of an interleague baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Chicago. Watching the play are catcher Geovany Soto and home pl
Charles Rex Arbogast
July 23, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) Rookie Stephen Piscotty was scratched from the St. Louis Cardinals lineup due to a stiff neck.

Dan Johnson replaced Piscotty playing first base and batting eighth against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Piscotty was 2 for 8 with a double in two starts, the first appearances of his career since his contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis.

Johnson, whose contract was purchased from Memphis earlier this month, was 2 for 10 in six games.

Mark Reynolds, who has gotten the bulk of playing time at first base, was out of the lineup. He entered the game 2 for 14 in his career against Royals starter Chris Young.

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