Cardinals Will Be Without Gold Glover For WC Series

Time has run short for the St. Louis Cardinals' Gold Glove outfielder Tyler O'Neill. Still hobbled by a hamstring issue, he just won't be ready in time for the Wild Card Series beginning on Friday. 

O'Neill has officially been left off the Cardinals' roster, as per President of Baseball Ops John Mozeliak. There is still a chance, however, that if the Cards advance past the Philadelphia Phillies, he could be ready for the National League Division Series, which starts middle of next week. 

Even O'Neill realizes that he isn't quite healthy enough yet. He strained his left hamstring on Sept. 16th while while stealing second base. 

"I need to be able to steal that base, get us a key bag, and... be able to run into the gap and track balls down," said the two-time Gold Glove outfielder. "I just have to have that trust to use my legs properly."

The 27-year-old has had a tough season, beset by injuries to both his shoulder and hamstring, and his production has dropped off significantly from last year when he hit 34 home runs and finished Top 10 in NL MVP voting.

He batted just .228 this season, with 14 homers in only 96 games.