Cardinals’ DeJong has bruise in rib area, may well go on 10-day IL

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St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul DeJong gets hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Aaron Gash

Rick Hummel

MILWAUKEE — Shortstop Paul DeJong traveled with the Cardinals to San Diego Thursday after the Cardinals’ 2-0 victory over Milwaukee. But that doesn’t mean he will be playing in that series.

An MRI taken on DeJong’s left side Thursday revealed a “pretty significant contusion,” in the rib area, said manager Mike Shildt. This likely was the result of DeJong being hit by a pitch on Tuesday night and then exacerbated when he tried to make a tag on a stolen base attempt on Wednesday.

Shildt said, “It’s mostly good news. Where he got hit, there’s something in there that could have been a lot worse. It’s not muscular, necessarily, but it’s where it was in the rib (area) that likely will create a pause but not anything overly long.

“We’re still evaluating it but there’s a possibility there could be a roster pause,” said Shildt, meaning a 10-day injured list designation.

Jose Rondon could make an appearance on the roster by the time the Cardinals play in San Diego on Friday night. Shildt had said before the game that “that educated guess probably is pretty good. I would expect somebody to be in San Diego, whether on the roster or on the…

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