Matthew Adams had x-rays Monday morning on his right elbow. The elbow has been the source of a nagging injury that has plagued him for a good portion of the season.
The x-rays revealed a fracture in his elbow that will sideline him for the remainder of the season as well as the playoffs. Adams was given the choice whether to take a cortisone shot that would allow him to play the rest of the season, but would also risk a post-season surgery. The 21-year-old first baseman opted to take the safer route and call it a season.
Adams was the Cardinals 23rd round draft pick last season, and has been on a tear ever since. In 63
games in Johnson City & Batavia in 2009, Adams hit a combined .355. He picked up right where he left off in 2010 as the left-handed slugger leads the league in home runs, RBI, and doubles while batting .310/.355/.541 with 71 runs, and a .231 ISO in 464 at bats.
Matt is one of my favorite Cardinals prospects and has been in my top-20 list for most of the season. He has a great bat with some major power and an above-average glove over there at first. His patience was a concern heading into the season and his strikeout rate was expected to be pretty high, but he has seemed to improve as he is only striking out at 15% of his at bats.