Cardinals activate SS Paul DeJong from IL

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The St. Louis Cardinals activated shortstop Paul DeJong from the injured list prior to Friday’s road game against the Chicago Cubs.

DeJong had been sidelined since May 12 due to a non-displaced left rib fracture.

He was batting eighth in Friday’s game.

DeJong told reporters he will wear padding under his jersey to protect his left side.

The 27-year-old had seven homers and 17 RBIs in 35 games but was batting just .175 prior to the injury.

DeJong was an All-Star in 2019 when he established career bests of 30 homers, 78 RBIs and 159 games played. He batted .233.

St. Louis optioned first baseman John Nogowski to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday to open a roster spot. Nogowski was just 1-for-18 (.056) in 19 games for the Cardinals.

–Field Level Media

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