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Daniel Descalso | Shortstop

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Daniel Descalso had two hits, three RBI and a steal after replacing an injured Troy Tulowitzki on Friday.
Who needs Tulo? Descalso entered the night with just three hits all season, the last coming on April 22. He upped his average from .086 to .132. The three-RBI game was his first since May 21, 2013, when he drove in five runs. May 16 - 2:01 AM

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Daniel Descalso (oblique) played in a minor league game Wednesday.

Descalso was set to play four innings defensively and bat each inning in a minors game. The infielder suffered a strained right oblique roughly 10 days prior. With another 10 days or so left in camp Descalso still has time to get into shape before the start of the season.
Mar 25 - 10:35 PM

Daniel Descalso was scratched from the Rockies lineup on Sunday due to a strained oblique.

The Rockies are calling it a minor oblique strain for the time being, though he's still expected to miss a couple of games. The veteran infielder is expected to perform in a utility role for the Rockies this season.
Mar 15 - 7:01 PM

Rockies signed INF Daniel Descalso to a two-year, $3.6 million contract.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick passed along the contract terms. Descalso was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this month after batting just .244/.333/.311 over 104 games this past season, but he's capable of playing all over the infield. He'll essentially replace Josh Rutledge in a utility role.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 02:10:00 PM

Cardinals non-tendered INF Daniel Descalso.

MLBTradeRumors.com projected Descalso to make $1.4 million in his second year of arbitration, and the Cards have deemed that too much for the career .243/.313/.341 hitter. The 28-year-old can play all over the infield, so he should be able to latch on as a utility player somewhere.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 11:25:00 PM

Daniel Descalso collected a pair of hits in Sunday's loss to the Reds, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.

It was the second straight start for Descalso at third base, filling in for Matt Carpenter who has been under the weather with a stomach illness. The veteran utilityman is hitting .244/.333/.314 with 10 RBI in 156 at-bats on the season.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 11:47:00 PM

Daniel Descalso left Tuesday's game versus the Padres after being hit on the right knee by a pitch.

Descalso was able to limp down to first base but was then replaced by pinch-runner Peter Bourjos. He'll likely be re-evaluated Wednesday before the Cardinals know how much time he might miss.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 01:32:00 AM

Cardinals and INF Daniel Descalso avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.29 million contract.

Descalso requested $1.65 million and was offered $930,000 from the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month, so the two sides ultimately settled at the midpoint. The 29-year-old will function as a utility infielder for St. Louis in 2014.
Wed, Jan 29, 2014 02:25:00 PM

Daniel Descalso requested $1.65 million and was offered $930,000 from the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 27-year-old infielder is the only member of the Cardinals heading to arbitration. He'll earn a sizable raise over the $511,000 that he took home in 2013 to function in a utility role for the Cardinals.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 10:42:00 PM

Daniel Descalso is starting at shortstop for the Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday.

The 27-year-old infielder started in Game 2 of the series, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Here's how the rest of the Cardinals lineup shakes out as they square off against Clay Buchholz: Matt Carpenter 2B, Carlos Beltran RF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Yadier Molina C, Jon Jay CF, David Freese 3B, Descalso 2B, Lance Lynn P.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 05:47:00 PM

Daniel Descalso is starting at shortstop for the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLCS Tuesday.

The Cards are struggling offensively, so they'll sacrifice defense in getting Descalso in for Pete Kozma, who is hitless in the series. Descalso has four hits in 13 career at-bats versus Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco.
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 06:13:00 PM

Daniel Descalso will start at shortstop in Thursday's Game 1 against the Pirates.

Descalso gets the nod over Pete Kozma and will bat eighth. The Cardinals' lineup: 2B Matt Carpenter, RF Carlos Beltran, LF Matt Holliday, 1B Matt Adams, C Yadier Molina, CF Jon Jay, 3B David Freese, SS Descalso, SP Adam Wainwright.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 02:28:00 PM

Daniel Descalso socked a pair of solo homers and scored three runs, leading the Cardinals in a 13-3 rout over the Reds on Friday.

Descalso finished the night 3-for-5. He's now hitting .265/.321/.423 on the season with five homers and 29 RBI in 196 at-bats. His multi-position eligibility makes him a fine middle infield option in NL-only leagues.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 11:10:00 PM

Daniel Descalso went 0-for-5 in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader and is 1-for-17 since the All-Star break.

Descalso was a nice surprise for the Cardinals in the first half, hitting .275/.339/.425 in 167 at-bats, and it looked like he might take the shortstop job away from Pete Kozma earlier this month. Now that he's joined Kozma in slumping, the Cardinals have to be giving more thought to trying to upgrade at short in a trade. If it happens, Descalso would keep his job as a utilityman, though he'd lose some at-bats. Kozma would probably be sent down.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 08:11:00 PM

Daniel Descalso is starting at shortstop Wednesday for the fifth time in the Cardinals' past six games.

Pete Kozma will ride the pine yet again. Descalso is hitting .328/.366/.516 since June 1 and has suddenly become relevant in pretty much all NL-only fantasy leagues. The regression will happen eventually, but he is worth owning while he's hot and playing regularly.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 05:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Nick Hundley
2Michael McKenry
1B1Justin Morneau
2Wilin Rosario
3Ben Paulsen
2B1D.J. LeMahieu
2Daniel Descalso
3Charlie Culberson
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
3B1Nolan Arenado
2Rafael Ynoa
LF1Corey Dickerson
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Brandon Barnes
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jorge De La Rosa
2Kyle Kendrick
3Jordan Lyles
4Eddie Butler
5Christian Bergman
6Tyler Chatwood
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1John Axford
2Boone Logan
3LaTroy Hawkins
4Rafael Betancourt
5Christian Friedrich
6Brooks Brown
7Scott Oberg
8Ken Roberts
9Chris Rusin
10Chad Bettis
11Yohan Flande
12Adam Ottavino