Matt Carpenter, star infielder for the Cardinals, received an oblique injury, with no word on how severe it is.

Most oblique injuries will keep players out of the game for a month at least, so even if it’s a slight sprain, it has a significant cost for the Cardinals.

By almost all objective measures, Carpenter, 30, is the Cardinals’ best player. He catalyzes the offense and can take on both third and second bases, and get on base before anyone else.

The Cardinals have the roster to cover Carpenter’s absence. Kolten Wong can take over second base, while Jhonny Peralta plays third, although Peralta has had issues with his thumb recently that kept him from playing.

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