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Donovan, Contreras and Carpenter suffer setbacks ahead of Cardinals home opener

ST. LOUIS – Three key hitters who could’ve been part of the St. Louis Cardinals’ home opener lineup – Brendan Donovan, Willson Contreras and Matt Carpenter – have all suffered injury setbacks ahead of it.

Donovan and Contreras are out of the home opener lineup after both were hit by pitches in Wednesday’s series finale in San Diego. Both are considered day-to-day.

Donovan was hit by a pitch twice in Wednesday’s game, inclduing once in the elbow. His status remains to be determined. Contreras will be tested for X-Rays on Thursday.

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Meanwhile, the Cardinals placed the veteran Carpenter on the 10-day injured list ahead of Thursday’s game with a right oblique strain, retroactive to April 2.

The injuries are certainly testing the Cardinals’ depth early on. The team started the season with eight players on the injured list. Since last week’s season opener, the Cardinals have added two more player (Carpenter and relief pitcher Riley O’Brien).

Starting pitcher Sonny Gray and outfielder Lars Nootbaar could be among the first to return from the injured list next week. Gray has been dealing with a hamstring strain and Nootbaar has been dealing with fractured ribs, both injuries which happened during spring training games at the beginning of March.

First pitch for Opening Day at Busch Stadium is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Thursday. The Cardinals (3-4) will host the Miami Marlins (0-7).

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