The St. Louis Cardinals are currently 17-26, nine games under.500, and last in the National League, so their season hasn’t exactly gone as planned.
Although injuries haven’t been a major problem thus far, a current injury crisis has put the Cardinals’ hands in a tight spot.
Dylan Carlson, an outfielder, sprained his ankle at Fenway Park on Sunday night.
The promising young outfielder hasn’t started the last two games as a result.
The Cardinals are likely to put him on the injured list, claims Katie Woo of The Athletic.
In response, Oscar Mercado, a former outfield prospect, has been recalled by St. Louis.
Sounds like the Cardinals are calling up Oscar Mercado for today s game, which would indicate an IL stint for Dylan Carlson (teams can backdate up to three days). #STLCards
Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) May 17, 2023
The Cardinals made Mercado their second-round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.
He remained with the group up until the trade deadline in 2018 when he was traded.
The teenage outfielder debuted in the Major Leagues with the Cleveland Guardians a year later.
In his first season, he hit for a.269 average and hit 15 home runs.
However, after a promising debut season, Mercado started to slow down.
Last season, The Guardians finally put him on duty.
The Philadelphia Phillies briefly signed Mercado, but he only played in one game before going back to the Guardians.
One of many talented young outfielders in the Cardinals’ minor league system is Mercado.
Tyler O’Neill is soon to embark on a rehab assignment, so it’s highly conceivable that Mercado’s time with the Major League team would be brief. Nonetheless, St. Louis will give him a chance.