The Cardinals optioned Thomas to their alternate training site Wednesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. St. Louis will swap Thomas from the active roster for infielder Max Schrock, who was called up ahead of Wednesday's doubleheader with Milwaukee. Thomas filled a part-time role out of the Cardinals outfield following his Aug. 31 reinstatement from the COVID-19 injured list, going 4-for-33 with a home run while appearing in 14 games.
Thomas went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run during a 12-2 win over the Tigers in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader. His blast off Joe Jimenez put the capper on a seven-run third inning that blew the game open, and gave Thomas his first homer of the year. Through nine games since rejoining the Cards' roster, he's now gone 4-for-23 (.174).
Thomas is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Thomas had started three straight contests and five of the last six games, but he'll take a seat Monday with the Cardinals rolling out an outfield of Tommy Edman, Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill. Bader and O'Neill are seemingly most at risk of losing out on playing time, but top prospect Dylan Carlson likely ranks ahead of Thomas in the pecking order for regular run in the St. Louis outfield. Thomas hasn't helped his case by going a modest 3-for-18 at the plate since being reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list in late August.
Thomas went 1-for-5 with a double, a walk and a run in a win over the Reds on Tuesday. Thomas was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday, and he walked during one plate appearance as a defensive replacement in that night's victory over Cincinnati. Tuesday therefore marked Thomas' first start since July 26, and although the young outfielder wasn't able to contribute much to the Cardinals' 16-run outburst, his two-bagger marked his first extra-base hit of the campaign.
Thomas (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list prior to Monday's game against the Reds. He went hitless in three at-bats across four games before landing on the IL back in late July. Thomas will likely work as a reserve outfielder over the rest of the season.
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