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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter attempts a bunt during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Jeff Roberson

MINNEAPOLIS • After making two throws that proved costly for the Cardinals in his inning of work on Tuesday night, Luke Gregerson suggested that he lost his grip on the ball and that there have been times where he hasn't had the same life on his pitches.

The Cardinals have found a physical reason for the issue.

As the bullpen turns again, Gregerson was placed on the disabled list Wednesday morning and John Brebbia was brought back to the majors. Again. Brebbia has been promoted twice on this road trip. It's a six-game road trip.

The righthander last struck out five batters and took the loss in San Diego over the weekend -- though he's available if needed Wednesday because he hasn't thrown in Memphis.

Including his demotion on the eve of opening day, Brebbia has been sent back to Class AAA Memphis four times on this option year.

The Cardinals -- held to eight hits and two runs in 27 innings against the Twins this season -- have upset their lineup by moving Matt Carpenter down lower than he's hit at any point this season. Carpenter will hit seventh, and Dexter Fowler returns to the lineup and right field. Jose Martinez remains the designated hitter.

Facing the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon for the first time in his career will be Lance Lynn, the former Cardinals bulwark. 

Here's the lineup set to challenge him:

1. Tommy Pham, CF

2. Jose Martinez, DH

3. Paul DeJong, SS

4. Marcell Ozuna, LF

5. Dexter Fowler, RF

6. Jedd Gyorko, 3B

7. Matt Carpenter, 1B

8. Francisco Pena, C

9. Greg Garcia, 2B

Starting for the Cardinals will be Miles Mikolas.

Check back throughout the morning and afternoon here at Cardinal Beat for any comments and explanations coming from the Cardinals' clubhouse.


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The St. Louis Cardinals 25-man roster

Chris Lee photos of the position players, pitchers and coaches on the season-opening 25-man roster for the Cardinals.

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Cardinals open the season with only two lefthanders among the 13 pitchers.

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Two old favorites and a new pitching coach join the staff.

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