Adams expected to play for Redbirds on Monday

Adams expected to play for Redbirds on Monday

ROUND ROCK -- Triple-A Memphis first baseman Matt Adams, who has missed the last two weeks with a bone spur in his right elbow, should return to the Redbirds lineup on Monday.

Adams, who is hitting .353 with a team-leading 13 home runs and 36 RBIs, has not played since June 30. He has been throwing for over a week and began swinging a bat Thursday. Adams had his arm examined by a physician on July 4, and it was determined that he could play without doing any further damage to his elbow. Adams said any plans to deal with his injury would not take place until after this season is over.

"I'm just going to play through it and we'll take care of it in the offseason," Adams said. "I'm so ready to get back out there and play again. I hate missing games with injuries. But I'm excited to get out there and be with my teammates again."

Adams, the Cardinals' No. 8 prospect according to MLB.com, has been on the seven-day disabled list since July 3. After hitting .300 with 32 home runs and 101 RBIs in 115 games last season with Double-A Springfield, Adams was named Texas League Most Valuable Player. When Lance Berkman went on the DL with a knee injury this year, Adams was called up on May 20 and hit .244 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 27 games.

"I felt good," Adams said. "I feel like I had a great approach and took it out there every game. I executed the approach and we'll see how the second half goes. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep it up."