Player News - Cardinals

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Matt Carpenter hit his 14th home run of the year in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

Carpenter led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo shot off Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. Things went downhill from there for the Cards. The hit was his only one in three at-bats, leaving his line at .236/.371/.471 through 69 games. The 14 homers are nice, and he's still getting on base at a very good clip, but he's now two for his last 22 after a good stretch in early June.
Jun 24 - 11:53 PM

Lance Lynn gave up seven runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

Lynn gave up a run in the first inning but seemed to settle down, putting up zeroes in the second and third before things took a turn for the worst. Jordy Mercer lined a two-run homer to left in the fourth, and Josh Harrison pulled a Lynn offering just over the wall an inning later for a solo shot. Three more runs in the sixth were enough to end Lynn's night. The start was the second in a row in which the 30-year-old allowed seven runs, ballooning his ERA to 3.86. Lynn will try to stop the bleeding Thursday against a good Diamondbacks offense.
Jun 24 - 11:42 PM

Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Pirates.

He's just getting a maintenance day. Diaz has fared poorly against tonight's starter Gerrit Cole (1-for-8), which probably made the decision to sit him a bit easier. Paul DeJong is starting at shortstop and batting sixth for St. Louis.
Jun 24 - 4:53 PM

Yadier Molina (knee) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Pirates.

Molina was listed in the Cardinals' original starting nine but was scratched about an hour later. He's still dealing with knee soreness stemming from a foul ball that struck him behind the plate Thursday against the Phillies. Eric Fryer will handle the catching duties while batting eighth Saturday against Pirates hurler Gerrit Cole.
Jun 24 - 4:52 PM

Stephen Piscotty is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Pirates.

Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com said Piscotty is "banged up," but it's unclear if he's dealing with a specific injury or just general soreness. In his place, Jose Martinez will draw the start in right field and bat fifth Saturday against Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole.
Jun 24 - 4:51 PM

Adam Wainwright yielded two runs (one earned) in seven innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Friday.

It was nice to see coming off perhaps the worst start of his career. Wainwright held the Pirates to just two hits — including a solo homer to Josh Bell — and two walks while striking out five. It was his longest outing since May 27. He’ll try to build off this performance in a tough matchup against the Diamondbacks on the road next week.
Jun 24 - 12:28 AM

Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

His second-inning blast briefly gave the Cardinals the lead. The 28-year-old Martinez has swung the bat well when called upon this season, batting .280 with five home runs and an .821 OPS through 38 games. However, he will be pressed for playing time once Dexter Fowler (quad) feels back to normal.
Jun 24 - 12:27 AM

Yadier Molina was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Friday due to a sore knee.

Molina's knee flared up after it was hit by a foul tip Thursday. He should be back in there in a day or two. Eric Fryer will do the catching Friday.
Jun 23 - 5:13 PM

Dexter Fowler (quad) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

Fowler was initially out of the lineup, then in the lineup and now out of the lineup again. For what it's worth, he expects to return to action Saturday. Tommy Pham is in center field and Jose Martinez is in left.
Jun 23 - 4:53 PM

Dexter Fowler (quad) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

Fowler was not in the team's initial lineup but evidently was cleared to return after being checked out. He missed one game with a quad cramp.
Jun 23 - 4:22 PM

Dexter Fowler (quad) remained out of the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

He's now missed two straight starts after exiting Wednesday's game with a left quad cramp. Fowler had been scheduled to be examined further Friday and the anticipation was that he'd at least be available to pinch-hit. Tommy Pham is in center field and Jose Martinez is in left.
Jun 23 - 4:03 PM

Dexter Fowler (quad) is expected to be available Friday.

It doesn't sound like he's a given to start, but it appears he'll at least be available off the bench. Fowler left Wednesday's game and then sat out Thursday due to cramping in his left quad. He'll go through another round of exams Friday to determine the cause and severity of the ailment, but it looks to be a minor thing.
Jun 23 - 10:03 AM

Tyler Lyons has stopped his running program following last November's knee surgery and as a result has dealt with stamina issues.

Lyons has fared well working mostly as a long reliever this season, most recently striking out five over three scoreless innings on Wednesday. There's been talk about him possibly supplanting Michael Wacha in the Cardinals' rotation, but it sounds like that won't happen after the lefty admitted to being fatigued following 41-, 65- and 57-pitch relief appearances his last three times out.
Jun 23 - 9:59 AM

Carlos Martinez took a loss after allowing three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Thursday against the Phillies.

Martinez has been way too good this year to deserve a 6-6 record after 15 starts. Twice he's gotten no-decisions after allowing no runs, once in 7 1/3 innings and once in nine innings, and he's currently sporting a 2.87 ERA even though the Cardinals have hardly played great defense this year. It took two errors to lead to the unearned run he allowed today.
Jun 22 - 4:10 PM

Paul DeJong homered to give the Cardinals their lone run in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

DeJong has shown pretty nice pop in his major league stints, hitting four homers in 68 at-bats. It's the hideous 24/1 K/BB ratio holding him back, but even so, he has a .775 OPS to date. He'll probably be needed in Kolten Wong's place through the All-Star break.
Jun 22 - 3:57 PM


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