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When will Dylan Carlson return to the Cardinals’ lineup this season?

We’ve got the latest updates for Dylan Carlson and when he’ll return in 2023.

Dylan Carlson #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals makes a catch against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field on May 09, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The St. Louis Cardinals are adding outfielder Dylan Carlson to the 10-day IL, retroactive to May 15. He is dealing with an ankle injury and could miss more time than the initial 10 days. In a corresponding move, the team called up OF Oscar Mercado,

Dylan Carlson injury update

May 24 Update — Cardinals manager Oli Marmol said Carlson is expected to resume swinging a bat later this week. The initial thought is still that he will be ready to go by the end of the month.

Before the injury, Carlson had played in 32 games this season. He was off to a slow start like many of his teammates. Carlson is hitting just .230 on the season with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and 12 RBI. He hasn’t been horrible for the Cardinals, but his -0.1 WAR to this point in the season means that time away from the field could end up helping him out.

The 28-year-old Mercado has yet to play for the Cardinals this season. He was selected by the franchise in the second round of the 2013 MLB Draft but never made it past the team's AAA affiliate. Mercado spent four seasons playing for the Cleveland Guardians but was DFA’d in June of 2022. He is a career .235 hitter, so St. Louis could move players around to only utilize Mercado as depth.