The image of St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (11) is broadcasted on the billboard as the ground crew prepare the field for team workouts on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Petco Park in San Diego. The Cardinals play the San Diego Padres in Game 1 of the National League Wild Card Series on Wednesday. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, firstname.lastname@example.org st-dispatch.com
SAN DIEGO — As many moves as the Cardinals made leading up to their return to Petco Park for the first time since this past October’s ouster from the playoffs, their lineup won’t be as diluted as their opponents.
The Cardinals placed shortstop Paul DeJong on the 10-day injured list a few hours before first pitch Friday night. They promoted infielder Max Moroff from Class AAA Memphis (you can read all about why here, from earlier at StlToday.com). To make room on the 40-man roster for Moroff, the Cardinals moved reliever Jordan Hicks (elbow) to the 60-day injured list.
The Cardinals already had subbed in rookie Johan Oviedo for the start Friday night in place of Carlos Martinez (ankle).
Tommy Edman continues to handle short in DeJong’s absence.
And despite all those moving parts, the Cardinals still arrive this afternoon at the ballpark with more regulars in the lineup than San Diego. The Padres, due to a handful of positive tests for COVID-19 and contact tracing, are without as many as five regulars. That includes…