Moss (ankle) is unlikely to return to the team Wednesday, despite becoming eligible, Nick Krueger of MLB.com reports. After spraining his left ankle on July 5, Moss has been in a walking boot and receiving daily treatment, but despite progress he is still not ready to return to baseball activities. He will likely need a rehab assignment once he's healthy, so he will remain out for some time still.
Moss has been placed on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. This is the first we've heard of the injury, but Moss is apparently dealing with a relatively severe sprain, as players typically get a few days to monitor an injury before a DL placement. The Cardinals' leading home run hitter, who's batting .251 on the year, won't be available until after the All-Star break, and the team recalled Randall Grichuk from Triple-A to take his place on the roster.
Updating a previous report, Moss will will start in right field Monday against the Pirates. Moss was initially scheduled to sit Monday with southpaw Jon Niese on the mound for Pittsburgh, but the late scratch of outfielder Tommy Pham forced a lineup adjustment. Pham had been scheduled to play center field, but Stephen Piscotty will play there instead, making room for Moss in right. Moss is hitting just .186 against southpaws this season, but is 2-for-7 with a double in his career against Niese.
Moss is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Pirates, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports. Moss has made four straight starts for St. Louis, but will sit Monday with lefty Jon Niese on the mound for the opposing Pirates. While Moss starts out on the bench, Jedd Gyorko will get the call at first base.
Moss went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Thursday against the Royals. Moss' 17th blast of the year pulled the Cardinals within one run in the fourth inning of a game they'd go on to lose. He's now smashed eight homers in 21 June games to raise his slugging percentage to .581.