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Daniel Descalso | Second Baseman

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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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. Jul 30 - 1:32 AM

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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.
Jan 29 - 2:25 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.
Jan 17 - 10:42 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

Daniel Descalso went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

There were plenty of offensive stars for the Cards in this one, as they slugged five homers in the first five innings. Matt Holliday, Matt Carpenter, Matt Adams and even Shelby Miller also went deep for the Redbirds. After a slow start at the plate, Descalso now has his average up to .278, as he's batting .467 over his last 12 games.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 10:46:00 PM

Daniel Descalso went 3-for-3 with his first career grand slam and an RBI double in the Cardinals' 10-2 rout of the Padres on Tuesday.

Descalso's slam followed an intentional walk to Jon Jay. Descalso entered the game with an ugly .197/.265/.289 line, and he probably wouldn't have been in the lineup if not for David Freese's thumb injury. The home run was his seventh in 813 major league at-bats.
Wed, May 22, 2013 01:27:00 AM

Daniel Descalso is batting just .167/.236/.258 through his first 72 plate appearances this season.

Matt Carpenter has been a standout this year at second base, which has limited Descalso's ability to get regular playing time. He carries zero fantasy relevance.
Thu, May 9, 2013 10:46:00 AM

Daniel Descalso went 4-for-7 with a double, a pair of RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 10-9, 16-inning marathon loss in Arizona.

Descalso could only watch Cliff Pennington's game-winning single scorch past him in the bottom of the 16th, but he certainly did more than his share to keep the game going as long as it did. In his third consecutive start, Descalso shrugged off a pair of off-nights (1-for-7 to begin the season) to lead St. Louis' offense. As long as David Freese (back) is out, he's worth starting in NL-only leagues. Expect him to improve on last year's .227/.303/.324 slash line.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 03:21:00 AM

Daniel Descalso went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored against the Nationals on Wednesday.

Descalso played third base today, but it sounds like he'll shift back to second, with Matt Carpenter at third, while David Freese (back) sits out the first week or two of the season. Descalso figures to slide into a utility role afterwards.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 03:50:00 PM

Daniel Descalso went 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBI against the Astros on Friday.

While we'd prefer to see Matt Carpenter win the job, Descalso is the favorite to start at second base for the Cardinals. He won't offer a lot of offense, though he should improve on last year's .227/.303/.324 line.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 05:12:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Xavier Scruggs
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Randal Grichuk
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Shelby Miller
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Carlos Martinez
8Kevin Siegrist
9Justin Masterson
10Tyler Lyons
11Nick Greenwood
12Marco Gonzales
13Samuel Tuivailala