Lars Nootbaar and Giovanny Gallegos will both be unavailable for the second game of the St. Louis Cardinals’ season against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, according to The Athletic’s Katie Woo.
“Lars Nootbaar is unavailable today. He jammed his thumb sliding into a base in Thursday’s opener. Hope is he’s back Sunday,” wrote Woo.
“Giovanny Gallegos is also down today. An MRI yesterday came back clean, but the team is looking at Sunday as a ‘best-case scenario’ for Gio’s return.”
The good news for Cardinals fans is that neither absence seems to be any longer than day-to-day, with both players very possibly back in the lineup for Sunday’s series finale.
The Blue Jays won a thriller on Opening Day against the Cards on Thursday, defeating their out-of-league opponents 10-9 on the back of five hits from George Springer.
Tyler O’Neill tied a Major League Baseball record in the loss, hitting his fourth straight Opening Day home run. With the long ball, he entered the likes of Yogi Berra, Gary Carter and Todd Hundley with the two-run shot off of Alek Manoah in the third inning.
Cardinals’ 41-year-old right-hander Adam Wainwright stole the show before the game, singing the national anthem to the surprise of the 47,649 in attendance on Thursday night.
“Adam did a real nice job,” Cards manager Oliver Marmol said after the game.
Kevin Gausman is set to take the mound for Toronto on Saturday afternoon, while the Cardinals will counter with Jack Flaherty as the team looks to secure a win without Lars Nootbaar and Giovanny Gallegos. First pitch is set for 2:15 EST at Busch Stadium.
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