St. Louis Cardinals activate shortstop Paul DeJong from IL

May 12, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) steals second base ahead of the tag of St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (11) in the third inning at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals activated shortstop Paul DeJong from the injured list prior to Friday’s road game against the Chicago Cubs.

DeJong had been sidelined since May 12 due to a non-displaced left rib fracture.

He was batting eighth in Friday’s game.

DeJong told reporters he will wear padding under his jersey to protect his left side.

The 27-year-old had seven homers and 17 RBIs in 35 games but was batting just .175 prior to the injury.

DeJong was an All-Star in 2019 when he established career bests of 30 homers, 78 RBIs and 159 games played. He batted .233.

St. Louis optioned first baseman John Nogowski to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday to open a roster spot. Nogowski was just 1-for-18 (.056) in 19 games for the Cardinals.

–Field Level Media