Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

Cardinals catching prospect Andrew Knizner went 4-for-5 with a double for Surprise on Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League.

Knizner quietly had a strong season for Low-A Peoria and Double-A Springfield; posting an .820 OPS and hitting 12 homers in the process. There's no standout tool, but he has a chance for average tools everywhere but speed, which doesn't really matter when you're behind the plate. It wouldn't be a huge surprise if Knizner developed into a starting catcher by the end of the decade.
Oct 18 - 4:47 PM

Astros' bench coach Alex Cora will interview for the Mets' manager job next week.

Cora is one of a few names known to be of interest to the Mets, including hitting coach Kevin Long, White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing and possibly former White Sox manager Robin Ventura. As for Cora, the Mets are just one of a handful of teams with known interest in his services -- he's interviewing for the Red Sox gig Sunday, and the Phillies and Tigers are believed to be interested as well. It appears as though the 41-year-old will have his pick of landing spots this winter for what would be his first managerial position.
Oct 14 - 7:03 PM

Astros' bench coach Alex Cora is set to interview for the Red Sox' managerial vacancy on Sunday.

He'll meet with Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski after getting a ringing endorsement from Astros' skipper A.J. Hinch. The 41-year-old is in his first season as the Astros' bench coach. He's widely respected throughout the game and is expected to be a hot commodity this winter for the various managerial openings around the league.
Source: MLB.com
Oct 14 - 3:45 PM

Adam Wainwright had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday.

Wainwright wrote on his personal Twitter account Tuesday night that the Cardinals' medical staff said the surgery "went great!" The veteran right-hander posted a disappointing 5.11 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 123 1/3 innings this season while showing further-diminished velocity on his fastball and cutter. Wainwright should be ready for the start of spring training next February, but he'll make for a poor fantasy bet in his age-36 campaign.
Oct 4 - 9:31 AM

Derek Lilliquist will not return as Cardinals' pitching coach.

Lilliquist just finished his sixth season as pitching coach. The club ranked 10th in the majors with a 4.01 ERA in 2017, but the team wants a new voice and opted to not renew his contract. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Triple-A pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd should get serious consideration for the job.
Oct 3 - 11:15 AM

Matt Carpenter will not require surgery on his right shoulder.

Carpenter was shut down last week due to lingering discomfort in his shoulder, but the good news is that an MRI only revealed inflammation. The feeling is that he should be fine with an offseason of rest. Carpenter, 31, batted .241/.384/.451 with 23 homers and 69 RBI over 145 games this season.
Oct 2 - 8:50 AM

Randal Grichuk hit his 22nd home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Grichuk's solo shot off Brewers starter Aaron Wilkerson in the bottom of the seventh inning gave St. Louis its only run of the afternoon season finale at Busch Stadium. Grichuk finishes the 2017 season with an underwhelming .238/.285/.473 overall batting line. The 26-year-old outfielder will likely be shopped by the Cardinals this winter.
Oct 1 - 5:48 PM

Jake Flaherty surrendered four earned runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Brewers.

Milwaukee poured on all four of those runs in the top of the first inning. Flaherty settled in from there, but he got only one run of support from a Cardinals lineup that was filled with Triple-A guys. Flaherty, 21, had a big 2017 in the upper minors and could be in the running for an Opening Day rotation spot next spring.
Oct 1 - 5:46 PM

Aledmys Diaz was diagnosed with a left hamstring strain.

The injury caused him to make an early exit from Sunday's season finale against the Brewers. Diaz will have a full offseason to rest up and get healthy heading into 2018, though he won't be guaranteed a spot on the Cardinals' Opening Day roster after slashing just .259/.290/.392 in 79 games this year.
Oct 1 - 4:08 PM

Aledmys Diaz was lifted from Sunday's game versus the Brewers with a left hamstring injury.

Diaz hurt the hammy while trying to beat out a grounder. It's a fitting way to end what has been a very disappointing season for the 2016 All-Star.
Oct 1 - 3:56 PM

Adam Wainwright will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday.

The procedure will involve the trimming of some cartilage. As far as elbow surgeries go, this one is relatively minor, as Wainwright will need six weeks of rehab and will have no restrictions come spring training. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny also added Sunday that he "absolutely" plans for Wainwright to be part of the rotation in 2018. The veteran righty holds a disappointing 4.81 ERA over the last two seasons. Wainwright is set to make $19.5 million next season in the final year of his contract.
Oct 1 - 2:45 PM

Tommy Pham is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

The Cards have a backup in there at every position in the season finale. Mags Sierra is in Pham's place in left field.
Oct 1 - 12:22 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "have already made overtures" to Juan Nicasio about re-signing.

Goold adds that Nicasio has told his agent to "try and make a good deal. I want to stay here." Nicasio has been superb in his brief tenure in St. Louis, posting a 1.64 ERA and 11/2 K/BB ratio over 11 innings while going 4-for-4 in save chances. St. Louis no doubt will be looking to add bullpen pieces this winter, so it's no surprise that there's mutual interest for a reunion. Nicasio could potentially be in the mix for saves should he re-sign, although the Cards might prefer to use him in a setup role and bring in a bigger name closer.
Oct 1 - 9:45 AM

Juan Nicasio allowed a hit in the ninth inning but kept the Brewers off the board while earning a save on Saturday.

He allowed a two-out single to Orlando Arcia but struck out Brett Phillips to slam the door. The veteran reliever has grabbed hold of the closer's job in St. Louis after previously pitching for the Phillies and Pirates this year. He has six saves and a 2.61 ERA in 72 1/3 innings.
Sep 30 - 9:27 PM

Paul DeJong went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's triumph over the Brewers.

He doubled on a blooper behind the first base bag to drive in the Cardinals' first two runs of the game. He also walked in the contest and is now wielding a .286/.326/.534 slash line with 25 homers and 65 RBI in 107 games. The shortstop's rookie season has been an eye-opener around the league.
Sep 30 - 9:23 PM


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