Player News - Cardinals

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Trevor Rosenthal wasn't available to pitch Tuesday due to some general arm soreness.

The Cardinals have avoided using Rosenthal on back-to-back days so far after he suffered a lat strain and subsequently aggravated the injury twice this spring. It wasn't the lat that kept him out Tuesday, but regardless the club is going to continue being careful with his workload. Rosenthal returned to pitch Thursday and was electric, striking out two in a scoreless frame. He has a 13/0 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 relief innings this season.
Apr 28 - 9:33 AM

Tyler Lyons could make a spot start for the Cardinals on Monday versus the Brewers.

The Cardinals will need a starter after a rainout Wednesday forced a doubleheader Thursday. There's more rain in the forecast this weekend in St. Louis, so another postponement could eliminate the need for Lyons on Monday. If that doesn't happen, though, Lyons is in line to face the Brewers. The lefty allowed one run over two innings Thursday in his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list. Lyons threw 73 pitches in his final rehab appearance, so he should be able to handle a decent-sized workload Monday.
Apr 28 - 9:25 AM

Cardinals sent OF Anthony Garcia outright to Triple-A Memphis.

There's no corresponding move, but the Cards now have another 40-man roster spot to play with. Garcia, 25, struggled last season between Double- and Triple-A and is off to a dreadful .179/.256/.282 start at Memphis this year.
Apr 28 - 8:23 AM

Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored as the Cardinals swept Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays with a 6-4 win in the nightcap.

The Cardinals put up runs in each of the first four innings, with Fowler's homer off Jays starter Casey Lawrence coming in the second. The homer was his third of the year and gives his 15 runs scored in 21 games. He went 5-for-9 on the day and seven hits in his last 14 at-bats with three extra-base hits, suggesting he may be breaking out of an early season slump that has his line at .224/.295/.388 through 21 games.
Apr 27 - 11:58 PM

Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Thursday's nightcap win over the Blue Jays.

With closer Seung Hwan Oh having pitched in the afternoon contest, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called on Rosenthal to protect the two-run lead in the night game. Rosenthal responded, striking out two while needing just 13 pitches to get the job done. Healthy after a lat injury to start the year, the 26-year-old has a 2.84 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 13/0 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 innings and seems to have the inside track on the closer gig should Oh vacate it at any point.
Apr 27 - 11:48 PM

Matt Adams went a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

Getting the start at first base in the nightcap, Adams made the most of it, swatting an RBI double in the first inning before adding a run-scoring single in the third. Adams' place on the team has been in question recently with his inability to play anywhere else on the diamond, and his .242/.324/.303 line hasn't commanded playing time. Unless he starts hitting or gets traded somewhere where he's playing every day, he's an afterthought for fantasy purposes.
Apr 27 - 11:38 PM

Adam Wainwright allowed four runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings in a win over the Blue Jays in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.

Wainwright was handed an early lead that allowed him to weather some of his later struggles and still get the win. He finished with four strikeouts to one walk over his 6 1/3 innings. With Thursday's win, he's 2-3 on the year but with a 6.12 ERA and 1.84 WHIP through five starts. He'll still battle, but it appears nothing will come easy for the 35-year-old this year. Wainwright will face the Brewers his next time out.
Apr 27 - 11:26 PM

Yadier Molina not in the Cardinals' lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

Molina went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the early game. Aledmys Diaz is also getting the night off. CF Dexter Fowler, SS Greg Garcia, 3B Matt Carpenter, RF Stephen Piscotty, CF Randal Grichuk, 1B Matt Adams, 2B Kolten Wong, C Eric Fryer and P Adam Wainwright round out the Cardinals' starting nine.
Apr 27 - 6:45 PM

Matt Carpenter slugged a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday as the Cardinals roared back to beat the Blue Jays 8-4 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Carpenter hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth and then ended the game with his four-run blast in the 11th, finishing 2-for-5 with a walk and five RBI in the afternoon victory. Randal Grichuk sent the game to extras with a game-tying two-run blast off Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna in the ninth. Carpenter, 31, is slashing .250/.373/.417 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 18 games this season.
Apr 27 - 5:34 PM

Randal Grichuk came off the bench and went 2-for-2 with three RBI in the Cardinals' comeback victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon.

Grichuk pinch-hit for Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez in the bottom of the seventh and laced an RBI single into center field. He then tied the game with a dramatic two-run homer off Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Grichuk, 25, is batting .250/.299/.458 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 21 games this season for St. Louis.
Apr 27 - 5:30 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed three earned runs over six innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Blue Jays.

Martinez gave up a long home run to Russell Martin in the second inning and he walked three batters in Toronto's two-run sixth inning, but it was an altogether encouraging start from the 25-year-old right-hander, who had been shaky since his excellent Opening Night performance against the Cubs. Martinez struck out eight in the Cardinals' extra-innings victory on Thursday afternoon and he now has 39 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings this season.
Apr 27 - 5:22 PM

Sam Tuivailala will serve as the Cardinals' 26th man in Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

Tuivailala is only be eligible to pitch in the second game. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed one run over three innings of relief earlier this season for St. Louis before getting optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Apr 27 - 11:19 AM

Wednesday night's game between the Blue Jays and Cardinals has been postponed due to rain.

The forecast calls for continuous rain throughout the day and night in St. Louis, so this one gets an early bang. Carlos Martinez was set to face off against Mat Latos with a 7:15 p.m. CT start time. The game will be made up with a split doubleheader (12:45 p.m. CT and 6:15 p.m. CT) on Thursday at Busch Stadium.
Apr 26 - 12:54 PM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Tuesday that John Gant (groin) can "start pushing a little bit" in his rehab.

Gant was placed on the major league disabled list at the end of March with a severe right groin strain. The 24-year-old right-hander will probably be sent to Triple-A Memphis once he returns to full strength. Acquired from the Braves this winter in the Jaime Garcia trade, Gant is organizational rotation depth for St. Louis.
Apr 26 - 11:39 AM

Luke Weaver (back) could return to the rotation at Triple-A Memphis within a week.

Weaver threw a successful round of live batting practice Tuesday at the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida. The talented 23-year-old right-hander was placed on the minor league disabled list April 10 because of lower back stiffness. He could be an option for the Cardinals' rotation by early-to-mid May, but all five spots are filled at the moment.
Apr 26 - 11:36 AM


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