Ozuna went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Marlins on Monday.
The outfielder enjoyed his first return to Marlins Park, serving as one of the few offensive bright spots for the Cardinals on a night where their bats were mostly dormant. Ozuna has opened August hitting .333 (8-for-24) over the first six games of the month, and he's reached safely in 12 of his last 14 contests overall. All three components of his .269/.314/.391 season line are still under his career numbers, but Ozuna offered some reason for optimism by smacking a trio of homers over the last four games of July.
Ozuna has been dealing with tendinitis and inflammation in his right shoulder since last season, which has led to more clubs taking chances against him on the basepaths, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
The outfielder has been receiving treatment on his shoulder daily, and he's tried to be selective about when he uncorks throws at maximum effort so as to try and nurse the joint throughout the duration of the season. While he's managed to avoid missing time, a number of metrics indicate that his arm strength has been on a steady decline since 2015. The 77.9 mph average velocity he sports on his throws this season rank him last among 58 qualifying outfielders (minimum 75 throws), and his overall peak velocity is down as well. Despite the issues, the Cardinals currently have no plans to shut him down for any prolonged period, even as the deterioration he's experiencing may also be at least partly responsible for the overall decline in his power numbers. Ozuna recently also dealt with a toe issue that caused an early exit from Thursday's game versus the Rockies, but he's gone 1-for-9 with a double, a walk and a run while starting Friday and Saturday versus the Pirates.
Ozuna (toe) is batting fourth and starting in left field against the Pirates on Friday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Ozuna exited Thursday's contest after experiencing discomfort in one of his left toes, although it never appeared to be a serious injury. The 27-year-old is slashing .324/.342/.595 with three home runs over his last nine games as the Cardinals begin a three-game series at Pittsburgh.
Ozuna (toe) said he will be ready for Friday's game against the Pirates, Brian Stull of stlbaseballweekly.com reports.
Ozuna added that he had a corn shaved off his foot after leaving Thursday's game due to discomfort in one of his left toes. Look for him to be back in left field for the series opener in Pittsburgh.
Ozuna exited Thursday's game due to discomfort in one of his left toes.
Ozuna was removed prior to the top of the fifth inning. According to Rob Rains of Stlsportspage.com, he appeared to suffer the injury during his previous at-bat in the third frame. He will likely be reevaluated in the coming hours and should be considered day-to-day ahead of Friday's series opener in Pittsburgh.
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