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Kolten Wong singled, was hit by a pitch, and stole a base in three plate appearances as the Cardinals were defeated by the Pirates on Thursday.

The Cardinals just couldn't muster much of an attack against Edinson Volquez despite Wong's effort. Wong has hit safely in four of five games since returning from the disabled list and carries a .244/.305/.372 slash line overall. He has stolen 11 bases in 12 attempts as well.
Jul 10 - 10:32 PM

Shelby Miller took his eighth loss, allowing four runs in five innings to the Pirates on Thursday.

The Cardinals have lost the game in each of Miller's last five starts, as the right-hander has posted a 7.30 ERA in that span of time. Against the Pirates, Miller yielded five hits and four walks while striking out only one. The 23-year-old right-hander will go into the All-Star break looking to turn things around, as he sports a 4.29 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP, and a 73/54 K/BB ratio.
Jul 10 - 10:29 PM

Cardinals recalled C Audry Perez from Triple-A Memphis.

Perez will serve as Tony Cruz's backup with Yadier Molina (thumb) going on the disabled list. We don't expect him to stick around for long, as the Cardinals will likely make a move soon.
Jul 10 - 4:32 PM

Cardinals placed C Yadier Molina on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb injury.

Molina has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his thumb and will undergo surgery on Friday. He's expected to miss 8-12 weeks, which could put him out of the mix for the rest of the regular season. The Cardinals figure to look outside of the organization for insurance behind the plate.
Jul 10 - 4:29 PM

Yadier Molina has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right thumb and will undergo surgery.

Molina is among the most irreplaceable players in baseball, and now the second-place Cardinals are likely going to be without him for the remainder of the 2014 regular season. Tony Cruz is starting at catcher in St. Louis on Thursday night against the Pirates, but the Cards might need to go shopping for an upgrade. Molina suffered the torn ligament Wednesday on an awkward slide into third base.
Jul 10 - 3:50 PM

Cardinals left-handed pitching prospect Tim Cooney tossed eight innings of one-run ball on Wednesday for Triple-A Memphis, scattering three hits while fanning eight.

Cooney projects as little more than a No. 5 starter, but he has done well in Triple-A, holding opposing batters to a .251/.320/.402 line with a 6.6 K/9 over 110 2/3 innings. Cooney has progressed consistently since he was selected in the third round out of Wake Forest in 2012, and he could see time in the majors later this year.
Jul 10 - 11:10 AM

Yadier Molina will undergo an MRI on his sprained right thumb to determine the severity of the injury.

Molina will undergo the tests Wednesday night, with the results coming back sometime Thursday. Once the extent of the injury is known, it will shed some more light on how much time the All-Star catcher might miss. Tony Cruz will start in Molina's place on Thursday and perhaps through the weekend. Molina suffered the sprain Wednesday on an awkward slide into third base.
Jul 10 - 12:03 AM

Lance Lynn held the Pirates to two runs in 6 2/3 innings to pick up his 10th win Wednesday.

It looked like Lynn would be done when he was hurt on a diving attempt at a popped up bunt in the seventh. He missed the ball, giving the Pirates two on with none out, and he was at 109 pitches anyway. However, he stayed in after a couple of warm up pitches and induced a double play ball from pinch-hitter Matt Hague. He was then replaced by Randy Choate, who got Gregory Polanco to end the frame. The Cards bullpen finished up from there. Lynn is 10-6 with a 3.14 ERA.
Jul 9 - 11:55 PM

Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless ninth against the Pirates for his 27th save on Wednesday.

Rosenthal got some help from Peter Bourjos, who made a nice jumping catch at the wall in center to rob Russell Martin of at least an RBI double and end the game. Rosenthal has pitched back-to-back scoreless innings since blowing a save Saturday. He's hardly been a shutdown closer this year, but with 27 saves in 31 chances, he's gotten the job done.
Jul 9 - 11:53 PM

Kolten Wong homered again Wednesday and walked twice as the Cardinals' No. 2 hitter.

Wong has three homers in four games and four overall in 170 at-bats this season. He also stole his 10th base in 11 attempts. As long as the Cardinals don't intend to hit him eighth regularly, he seems ready to be a useful middle-infield option in mixed leagues.
Jul 9 - 11:46 PM

Yadier Molina left Wednesday's game against the Pirates with a right thumb sprain.

Trainers checked on Molina after he slid into third base in the second inning, and Tony Cruz pinch hit for him an inning later. The Cardinals said he will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Jul 9 - 9:28 PM

Kevin Siegrist (forearm, shoulder) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and said he's ready for a rehab assignment.

"I feel good," Siegrist said. "I'm ready. This has been no fun." The session was Siegrist's third pain-free session. He's been on the disabled list since May 24, so he still may not be ready for activation immediately after the All-Star break, but assuming things go well he shouldn't be out for too much longer.
Jul 9 - 9:21 PM

Kolten Wong hit a walk-off home run, the second in as many nights for the Cardinals, to defeat the Pirates 5-4 on Tuesday.

Those sort of theatrics are expected from Matt Adams, who hit a two-run walk-off shot on Monday, but it's more surprising from Wong, who had two career home runs in 223 at-bats heading into Tuesday's game. Wong also delivered a two-run double in the game, his second two-hit effort in three games since returning from the disabled list. The second baseman scuffled to a .238/.289/.351 line in an injury-plagued first half, and he'll look for better days in the season's second stanza.
Jul 8 - 11:50 PM

Oscar Taveras had the first multi-hit game of his major league career on Tuesday, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored against the Pirates.

Taveras singled and scored in the second inning before beating out an infield hit in the fourth. He's 5-for-20 (.250) in seven games since being recalled, and the top prospect is hitting just .200/.234/.300 overall. As he continues to adjust to major league pitching, those numbers should steadily go up in the second half.
Jul 8 - 11:43 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed four runs, all on home runs, on eight hits over six innings of a no-decision against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Martinez served up two-run blasts to Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen in the game, his first homers allowed since being converted to a starter. The right-hander also walked two while striking out six. The Cardinals offense bailed him out -- a novel concept these days -- to keep his record at 2-3, and he'll get one more shot at pulling even before the All-Star break when he faces the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday.
Jul 8 - 11:35 PM


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