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Cardinals place INF Jedd Gyorko on IL, recall Tommy Edman

June 8, 2019
St. Louis Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko (3) scores past Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 2, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

CHICAGO (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals placed infielder Jedd Gyorko on the 10-day injured list with a strained lower back before Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs and purchased the contract of infielder Tommy Edman from Triple-A Memphis.

The Cardinals also designated right-handed reliever Merandy Gonzalez for assignment.

The 30-year-old Gyorko said he first felt his back spasm in the third inning of Friday’s 3-1 loss to the Cubs when he fielded Anthony Rizzo’s grounder at third base. Gyorko grounded into a force to end the fourth, then left the game in the fifth.

“I responded well to the treatment yesterday,” Gyorko said. “Felt good this morning, felt like I could go, but they decided I can’t.”

Gyorko, in his seventh major league season, is batting .194 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 38 games this season. The 24-year-old Edman hit .306 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 48 games at Memphis and has yet to make his major league debut.

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