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The Cardinals will place Goldschmidt, Arenado and Romine on the shortlist; Matz placed on 15-day injured list

3:56 p.m.: Matz has a torn MCL in his left knee, reports John Denton of MLB.com (by Twitter). Based on similar injuries to other players, this will likely mean at least a 4-6 week absence for Matz, although it is not yet clear if he will need surgery.

3:38 p.m.: The Cardinals announced a few roster changes today, one for today’s game and three more ahead of their next two-game series in Toronto. Most immediately, to the left steven matz was placed on the 15-day injured list with a sprained left knee, and right-handed James Naile was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jays, the Cards will place Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenadoand Austin Romine on the shortlist. The trio are unvaccinated and thus become the last ineligible players to cross the border due to Canadian federal vaccination mandates. Goldschmidt, Arenado and Romine will lose two salary games for missed time. Seeker Ivan Herrerautility Cory Spangenbergand outfielder Conner Capel should be added to the list as replacements.

Most teams traveling to Toronto this season have had to work around at least a few vaccine-related absences, with the Royals (who had 10 players on their shortlist) representing the extreme end of the scale. With “only” three players missing in St. Louis, losing superstars like Goldschmidt and Arenado for even two games is certainly not an ideal situation. The loss of Romine also refines a catch depth chart that is still lacking on the injured Yadier Molina.

John OviedoThe Blue Jays’ streak status is also in question, as the Cuba-native reliever has an expired passport. Manager Oliver Marmol told reporters (including MLB.com’s John Denton) that Oviedo may still be able to do so if he manages to obtain a special temporary waiver from the Canadian consulate in Miami.

Although Matz reportedly hasn’t pitched in the series since he just started yesterday, he will also miss a chance to return to Toronto after pitching for the Jays in 2021. Matz has only been activated since l ‘He 15 days earlier this week, after missing two months due to a shoulder impingement. Unfortunately, the southpaw then suffered a knee injury on his first-ever running back, as Matz took an awkward step trying to field a grounder in the sixth inning of Saturday’s 6-3 win over the Reds. Matz still picked up the win, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk in his 5 1/3 innings of work while striking out seven.

It was a solid outing in what has been an otherwise tough season for Matz, between his earlier injury and inconsistent work through his first nine outings. Even factoring in Saturday’s game, Matz still has a 5.70 ERA in 42 2/3 innings in his first season for the Cardinals. However, a SIERA of 3.13 and strong strikeout and walk rates indicate that Matz has also been pretty unlucky, as he doesn’t get much luck on BABIP (.336) and strand rate (66, 2%).

Saturday’s start was a step in the right direction, and yet it will still be some time before Matz can follow up on that performance. The southpaw will undergo more testing and imaging, and a clearer timeline may soon be known on when Matz might be able to return to a mound.

The Cardinals were already rumored to be considering rotation help at the deadline, so Matz’s IL status will likely only deepen the needs of the team. In the short term, however, St. Louis only has five games over the next eight days, so all those days off may see the Cards get away with fewer than five starters. dakota hudson is tentatively scheduled to be activated from his own 15-day stay in IL next weekend, having reached IL on July 15 due to a sprained neck.