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Surprise! Cardinals’ Walking Wounded Grows

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Surprise! Cardinals’ Walking Wounded Grows

Maness Facing Tommy John Surgery

Seth Maness is heading back to the disabled list. And this time, it’s for an extended stay. The Cardinals’ ground ball specialist is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, effectively ending this 2016 season.

Maness spent more than a month the D.L. from May to June earlier this season due to right elbow inflammation. He still managed to pitch 31 2/3 innings in between disabled list stints, putting together an ERA of 3.41, and recently wrapping up a scoreless streak that spanned 14 1/3 innings in 11 appearances.

The Cardinals have called up Sam Tuivailala to replace Maness on the roster. Tuivailala is 3-2 with a 5.44 ERA in 39 games for Memphis this season.

The news on Matt Holliday isn’t great either: the Cardinal left fielder is expected to undergo thumb surgery tomorrow on his fractured right thumb.  Our own Martin Kilcoyne sees a potential light at the end of the tunnel.

If Holliday doesn’t return, he may have played his last game for the Cardinals. The club has a $17 million option on Holliday for next season, with a $1 million buyout.

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By Brendan Wiese

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