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Stephen Piscotty exited early with groin strain for Cardinals

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 11: St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty (55) before a MLB National League game between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals on April 11, 2017, at Nationals Park, in Washington DC.(Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire)
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St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty left Friday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the bottom of the ninth inning with a right groin strain. He was replaced defensively by Jose Martinez, who was in the field just to watch the Pirates win the game on a walk-off, three-run home run by Josh Bell.

Following his 0-for-4 performance at the plate on Friday, Piscotty’s average on the season dropped down to .236, with a .348 on-base percentage. Expected to be a middle-of-the-order hitter for St. Louis at the start of the season, he has just six home runs and 31 RBIs on the year over 69 games and has slid down in the batting order, batting sixth on Friday night.

Of Cardinals regulars, only second baseman Kolten Wong has collected fewer total bases during 2017 than Piscotty. His five times caught stealing lead St. Louis, having swiped just three bases all year. He remains second on the team with 36 walks.

The on-base percentage has remained steady alongside his career average, but the batting totals have dipped far below where they were last season when he finished the year as a .273 hitter with 22 home runs and 85 RBIs, to go along with 35 doubles.

Piscotty was selected in the first round (36th overall) of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft by St. Louis out of Stanford. He made his debut with the club in 2015, hitting .305 over 63 games and finishing sixth in National League Rookie of the Year voting, getting his first full season under his belt last year.

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