Sosa (hand) is starting at second base and batting seventh Friday against Atlanta, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Sosa was diagnosed with a hand contusion after exiting Wednesday's game against the Marlins because he was hit by a pitch. He did not play in Thursday's loss to Atlanta but will return to the lineup Friday after missing just the one game.
Sosa underwent X-rays after leaving Wednesday's game against the Marlins that came back negative and revealed a right hand contusion, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
Sosa was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday and needed several minutes to regroup before heading to first base. Although he remained in the game initially, he was replaced at second base to begin the eighth inning. The 25-year-old is considered day-to-day following his diagnosis.
Sosa left Wednesday's game against the Marlins in the top of the eighth inning after he was hit by a pitch on his right wrist, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Sosa appeared to be in considerable pain after he took a pitch to his right hand in the bottom of the seventh inning, but he was initially able to stay in the game. However, he was replaced defensively to begin the eighth inning. The exact nature and severity of the 25-year-old's injury aren't yet clear. He went 1-for-2 with a base hit and his third stolen base of the season before departing.
Sosa started at second base in Monday's win over the Marlins, going 2-for-4 with an RBI single.
Sosa was in the starting nine for the first time since Paul DeJong's return from the injured list, and he commemorated the occasion by churning out his second multi-hit effort in his last three starts. The versatile 25-year-old doesn't offer much pop, but he does now have a solid .268 average and elite .360 on-base percentage across 111 plate appearances.
Sosa will not start Friday's game against the Cubs, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Sosa started 22 straight games at shortstop while Paul DeJong (ribs) was injured. He hit fairly well over that stretch, posting a .286/.360/.390 slash line with one homer and two steals, but with DeJong now back from the injured list there don't appear to be starts available for him going forward.
Sosa went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in a loss to Cleveland on Tuesday.
Sosa's fourth-inning single that plated Tyler O'Neill represented the biggest offensive success for the Cardinals on a forgettable night. The 25-year-old has reached safely in six of the last seven games and owns a .271/.374/.365 slash line through 99 plate appearances, the type of numbers that could continue to help earn him semi-regular playing time even when Paul DeJong (ribs) returns to action.
Sosa went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Reds on Friday.
The fill-in shortstop took Luis Castillo deep to left field in the fifth inning, putting the Cardinals' first run on the board with his 419-foot shot. The round tripper was the first of Sosa's career and extended his hitting streak to four games. The 25-year-old has done an admirable job holding down the fort while Paul DeJong (ribs) has been on the injured list, but with the latter set to begin a two-game rehab assignment Saturday, Sosa's allotment of regular playing time is likely nearing its end.
Sosa went 3-for-4 with two runs in a loss to the Cubs on Friday.
Sosa logged another start at shortstop and led the Cardinals in hits on the night. The utility man has now hit safely in three straight and appears to be making a strong case to continue logging the majority of starts at shortstop while Paul DeJong (ribs) remains sidelined.
Sosa went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run in a win over the Pirates on Tuesday.
Sosa's third-inning two-bagger brought home Nolan Arenado to close out the scoring on the day for the Cardinals and also served as his first extra-base hit of the season. The 25-year-old only has 23 plate appearances in 2021, but Paul DeJong's (ribs) current stint on the injured list should continue affording Sosa some semi-regular playing time for the moment.
Sosa drew his first start of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals, going 1-for-2 and getting hit by a pitch.
The 25-year-old utility man had appeared in just three other games this season as an in-game substitute, but with Paul DeJong getting a day off, Sosa started in his place at shortstop. Sosa is likely ticketed for sporadic action as long as the Cardinals enjoy good health, but his ability to fill in at three infield spots would make him a solid candidate for playing time if injuries strike.
Sosa, who has secured a utility spot on the Opening Day roster, went 2-for-2 with a solo home run in a Grapefruit League tie with the Mets on Monday.
Sosa put together a positive finish to a quiet spring with his only multi-hit effort of Grapefruit League play as well as his only round-tripper of the exhibition slate. The 25-year-old hit just .200 (5-for-25) this spring, but his ability to cover multiple positions and his solid track minor-league track record at the plate likely helped him latch onto a roster spot to open the campaign.
Sosa, who is 0-for-4 across his two official Grapefruit League game appearances thus far, starred in a "B" game against the Astros on Friday, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
Sosa, competing for a utility role on the Opening Day roster, smacked a three-run home run while also throwing out a runner trying to score from second base. The 25-year-old played both second base and third base during the game and has logged time at both positions, shortstop and designated hitter in the minors. Sosa never saw action in a 2020 regular-season game, but he recorded a combined 13 plate appearances with the big-league club during the 2018 and 2019 campaigns.
Sosa (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Thursday and optioned to the alternate site, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
He has yet to play in the majors this season and will continue to serve as organizational infield depth, most notably at shortstop. The Cardinals have many players still unavailable, but the infield is relatively healthy.
Sosa (illness) is set to start getting at-bats at the Cardinals' alternate training site in Springfield, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The utility infielder is one of a multitude of Cardinals players working his way through the COVID-19 reentry process. Sosa was cleared for baseball activities Monday, and if he's able to demonstrate his timing at the plate is solid in Springfield, he could be deemed ready for activation in fairly short order.
Sosa (illness) was cleared to resume baseball activities Monday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Sosa was sidelined since early August after testing positive for COVID-19, but he'll now report to the team's alternate training site in Springfield to get back into game shape. It's unclear how much time he'll need before he's ready to return to the active roster, but he should serve as infield depth once he's back in the majors.
Sosa landed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday.
Sosa is one of a number of Cardinals who tested positive for the virus in recent days. He'll remain sidelined until he's symptom-free and tests negative twice. Whether or not that comes before or after the Cardinals are cleared to play their next game remains to be seen.
Sosa is one of the Cardinals who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The entire Cardinals team is in the middle of at least a week-long shutdown in an attempt to prevent a further spread of the virus. Sosa in theory could have been the next man up at shortstop when Paul DeJong tested positive, but he now won't be appearing in any capacity until he's symptom-free and tests negative twice. He appears to have that first part covered already, as Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports the infielder is asymptomatic.
Sosa was named to the Cardinals' Opening Day roster Thursday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Brad Miller's ankle and heel injuries have worked to Sosa's benefit, as it vaulted the latter onto the expanded Opening Day roster. However, Sosa earned the job on his own merits as well, as he made a strong impression throughout spring training and summer camp with respect to his defensive versatility and contact rate at the plate. Sosa has experience filling in at second base, third base and shortstop, with his most extensive experience coming at the latter position.
Sosa has been included in the player pool that will report to Cardinals summer camp July 1, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The versatile utility asset's inclusion was to be expected, especially considering he proved capable as a hitter at the Triple-A level last season (.291/.335/.466 over 496 plate appearances) and is already on the 40-man roster. Assuming he makes the cut for Opening Day, Sosa could be utilized in a variety of positions in the truncated 2020 regular season.
Sosa would be highly likely to return to the big-league club if rosters are expanded to 30 players for the 2020 season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Goold provides his assessment on the versatile utility asset in a response to a reader question about what players the Cardinals might opt to carry were they afforded four extra spots to work with. Sosa makes the cut in Goold's eyes due to the 24-year-old's ability to fill in at shortstop and the fact he's already on the 40-man roster. Sosa has just 13 regular-season big-league plate appearances to his name, but he swatted a pair of doubles and home runs apiece during Grapefruit League play and generated a solid .291/.335/.466 line with 40 extra-base hits (18 doubles, five triples, 17 home runs) across 496 plate appearances at Triple-A Memphis in 2019.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/18||@ ATL||L 1-9||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|06/16||vs MIA||W 1-0||2||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|06/15||vs MIA||W 2-1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|06/14||vs MIA||W 4-2||4||0||2||0||1||0||0|
|06/13||@ CHC||L 0-2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|06/12||@ CHC||L 2-7||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|06/11||@ CHC||L 5-8||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2014||ASX-State College Spikes||3||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||--||2||0||0||.200||.200||.200|
|2015||R-Johnson City Cardina||49||200||30||60||8||4||7||16||16||38||6||2||.300||.369||.485|
|2017||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||51||193||25||55||10||1||0||14||12||34||3||0||.285||.329||.347|