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Matt Adams | First Baseman

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/31/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 260
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Matt Adams (quad) is not ready to begin a rehab assignment yet.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny previously indicated that Adams could return by "September 1st-ish," but obviously that's not going to happen. The first baseman continues to work out at the club's spring training facility and should be activated in a couple weeks if all goes well. "Apparently, I said a hard-line Sept. 1, which I don’t remember," he said. "If that doesn’t happen, then people are going to be all up in arms." Aug 28 - 12:27 PM

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday that he expects Matt Adams (quad) back "September 1st-ish."

Adams is working out at the club's spring training facility and could begin a rehab assignment with High-A Palm Beach as soon as Tuesday. It sounds like the Cards expect him to need only about a week's worth of rehab games before he's activated. The big first baseman has made a quicker-than-expected recovery from surgery in late May to repair a Grade 3 quad strain.
Aug 24 - 9:01 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said on Sunday that Matt Adams (quad) could begin a rehab assignment with High-A Palm Beach as soon as Tuesday.

Adams has been at the club's spring training complex the last few days going through a variety of drills and has evidently responded well to them. The thought had been that he was done for the season when he had quad surgery in late May, but now it looks like Adams could be activated in a couple weeks.
Aug 23 - 2:17 PM

Matt Adams (quad) took live batting practice prior to Wednesday's game.

Adams also did some running in the outfield. "He went through another series of tests today and [was at] almost 100 percent with the running," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He ran well and actually looked great. I think there might be just one more gear. But everything that we're watching, he just keeps responding very well. Getting back the swing, getting a good feel on the field again, those are things that he just needs some repetition with." Adams will continue working out in Florida, and despite Wednesday's step forward, there is still no timetable for his return.
Aug 19 - 8:42 PM

Matt Adams (quad) increased his running work on Monday and will be sent to the Cardinals' spring training facility on Friday to continue his rehab.

He's already been doing hitting and fielding drills, as well. Adams is tracking towards a rehab assignment before the end of the minor league season, with a return to the Cards' roster perhaps around mid-September. The feeling had been when Adams had surgery in late May to repair a Grade 3 quad strain that he was likely done for the season, but he's progressed nicely.
Aug 17 - 9:15 PM

Matt Adams (quad) has begun doing sprints as he continues his recovery from surgery to repair a Grade 3 quad strain.

He has already resumed swinging a bat and doing fielding drills at first base, and it's starting to look like he could realistically rejoin the Cardinals before the end of the regular season. He has been on the shelf since late May due to the injury.
Aug 15 - 8:46 AM

The Cardinals are hoping Matt Adams (quad) will be ready to begin a rehab assignment before the minor league season ends.

That would put him on track to possibly be activated by mid-September. It had looked like Adams was probably done for the season when he had surgery in late May to repair a Grade 3 quad strain, but he's progressed more quickly than expected. Whether he's a realistic option at first base or would be more of a pinch-hitter down the stretch remains to be seen, but it's good news for the Cards regardless.
Aug 11 - 8:44 PM

Matt Adams (quad) has resumed swinging a bat.

Adams underwent surgery in late May to repair a Grade 3 quad strain and isn't giving up hope at a return before the end of the season. The Cardinals can afford to be cautious, of course, since they reinforced first base with Brandon Moss and are virtual shoo-ins to make the playoffs. Most likely, Adams would figure to be limited to a pinch-hitting role if he does return.
Aug 9 - 12:58 PM

Matt Adams (quad) said he plans to begin light swinging within the next two weeks.

Adams underwent surgery in late May for a severe quad strain and the initial expectation was that he would miss the remainder of the 2015 season, but it now sounds possible that he could serve as a bench bat in late September and into October. "Seems like he’s getting a little bit more flexibility in what he is allowed to do, and that’s always a real positive for us to see," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday.
Jul 30 - 11:32 AM

Cardinals transferred 1B Matt Adams from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears space on the 40-man roster for Tommy Pham. Adams is a long shot to return this season after having surgery to repair a torn right quadriceps muscle.
Jun 5 - 3:28 PM

Matt Adams will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn right quadriceps muscle.

The same 3-4 month timetable holds, though that still could mean the rest of the season for the big first baseman. Adams tore his right quad on Tuesday night while legging out a double. Mark Reynolds has taken over as the Cardinals' starting first baseman and holds a good amount of mixed-league fantasy value as a power threat in a deep lineup. It's another tough blow for the Cards, and yet they have the best record and run differential in Major League Baseball.
May 28 - 8:32 AM

Matt Adams is expected to miss 3-4 months with a strained right quad, the team announced Wednesday.

It's still unclear whether he'll require surgery, but either way his season is officially in jeopardy. Mark Reynolds moves into an everyday role with the injury, and the NL Central-leading Cardinals may be forced to look outside the organization for help at some point.
May 27 - 8:41 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that Matt Adams could need surgery on his right quad.

Adams injured the quad Tuesday while legging out a double and the Cardinals are still determining whether it's a Grade 2 or Grade 3 strain. Grade 3 is the most severe and would almost certainly require a surgical procedure. Either way, Adams is looking at a lengthy absence. Mark Reynolds will serve as the Cardinals' primary first baseman.
May 27 - 5:03 PM

Cardinals placed 1B Matt Adams on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad.

It's not clear at this point how severe the strain is, so a timetable for Adams' return isn't known at the moment. It certainly figures to be more than a minimum stay on the DL, though, and could be a rather lengthy one. Mark Reynolds will handle first base in the meantime.
May 27 - 2:33 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that he has a "high level" of concern about Matt Adams's right quad injury and a disabled list move is expected.

Adams strained his quad while rounding first base on a double in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game. It sounds like he could require a lengthy stay on the disabled list, although more won't be known until he presumably undergoes an MRI. Mark Reynolds is in line to play regularly at first base while Adams is out, and the team could bring up Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A.
May 26 - 11:24 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
3Mark Reynolds
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Stephen Piscotty
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Jon Jay
3Peter Bourjos
4Tommy Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
DH1Brandon Moss
Starting Pitcher
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Kevin Siegrist
4Steve Cishek
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Matt Belisle
8Randy Choate
9Carlos Villanueva
10Sam Tuivailala