Second baseman Eliezer Alvarez may be out of the Springfield Cardinals lineup for some time due to an injury suffered Monday night. Two others have been promoted as a result.
The Cardinal Nation’s No. 14 prospect, Eliezer Alvarez, has been one of the better hitters in the organization over the past year, earning the chance to jump over High-A Palm Beach and open his 2017 campaign with Double-A Springfield.
On Monday night, Alvarez’ development took a pause, as he suffered a serious leg injury after grounding out to first base in the eighth inning against the Tulsa Drillers (LAD).
According to a source, the 22-year old was taken directly to the hospital and on Tuesday, was spotted needing a boot and crutches to walk.
Pending release of x-ray results, the second baseman may have broken a foot, and if so, will probably miss extensive time.
Entering his second full season and sixth year overall with the Cardinals organization, Alvarez is slashing .231/.324/.341 through 27 games (91 at-bats) for the Springbirds this season. The left-handed hitter has slugged two homers while driving in nine runs.
The left-handed hitter has a 34-to-10 strikeout to walk ratio against Texas League pitching.
Diekroeger lands in Springfield
In the aftermath of Alvarez’s injury, Palm Beach infielder Danny Diekroeger was promoted to Springfield from Palm Beach to replace him on the active roster.
Diekroeger had an injury-riddled 2016 including two full months on the disabled list due to a broken wrist. Healthy now, the 24-year old has a .245/.294/.306 slash line with seven…