Player News - Cardinals

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Stephen Piscotty has been scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Monday due to food poisoning.

He was supposed to start in right field and bat cleanup in the series opener against Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra. Brandon Moss is now starting in right and batting fifth, with Matt Adams at cleanup.
May 30 - 1:06 PM

Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

Moss worked over a Stephen Strasburg pitch for a solo home run in the fourth inning. At the time, it gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. The Nationals would score three times in the bottom of the frame to take the advantage, one which they wouldn't relinquish on their way to a 10-2 win. For the season, Moss is slashing .222/.322/.484 with nine homers and 24 RBI across 126 at-bats. He makes for a nice fantasy power option, but that comes with a decided deficit in terms of average.
May 29 - 5:13 PM

Michael Wacha turned in a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Nationals, surrendering three runs on four hits over six innings.

The Nationals scored their runs off Wacha courtesy of an RBI single by Bryce Harper and a two-run single by Anthony Rendon in the fourth inning. This was by no means a magnificent outing by Wacha, but it was at least a slight step forward from his recent work. The 24-year-old right-hander entered Sunday's game having allowed 18 runs over his last three starts (15 innings). He will look to continue to improve by degrees in a home start against the Giants next time he takes the mound.
May 29 - 5:01 PM

The Cardinals plan to keep Aledmys Diaz at shortstop after Jhonny Peralta's (thumb) return from the disabled list.

The common thought had been that Diaz would move around to different infield positions after Peralta returns. But, while Diaz could play some second and third base, it sounds like the Cards intend to leave him at shortstop most days and move Peralta and Matt Carpenter around the diamond instead. Diaz has struggled defensively at shortstop this season but has been much better of late. "I feel like it’s going to create a fresh opportunity for us, but I also feel like given what you’re seeing out of Diaz at his age (25) you really need to see him develop at shortstop," general manager John Mozeliak said. "When you look at what he’s been able to do, seeing him hold that spot for the next five or six years is reasonable to think. We want to keep him developing and also figure out the right combination to win games. We need to have at least one player moving around. We need one of the veterans to say, ‘Hey, I’m willing.’"
May 29 - 12:15 PM

Matt Adams (back) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

Adams didn't start the last two games due to a back issue, although he delivered a pinch-hit, two-run double Saturday. He's batting .393/.443/.696 with four homers and 17 RBI this month.
May 29 - 10:43 AM

Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

He's simply getting a day off. The Cards are also resting Yadier Molina, as they have Greg Garcia at shortstop and Eric Fryer behind the plate.
May 29 - 10:24 AM

Matt Adams (back) knocked a pinch-hit, two-run double in Saturday's win over the Nationals.

Adams hasn't started the last couple days due to a minor back issue, but he's fine. He could be in the lineup Sunday.
May 29 - 8:25 AM

Cardinals signed C Michael McKenry to a minor league contract.

McKenry had opted out of his minor league deal with the Rangers earlier this month. He's a career .239/.319/.407 hitter at the major league level.
May 29 - 8:22 AM

Randal Grichuk went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, triple and a run scored as the Cardinals thumped the Nationals 9-4 on Saturday.

Grichuk had two of the team's seven extra-base hits against Gio Gonzalez and company, including an RBI double in the fifth inning. Grichuk now has four multi-hit games in his last five starts, raising his average to .237 with a .755 OPS. If any impatient fantasy owners jumped off the Grichuk train early, it might be time to get back on it.
May 28 - 10:45 PM

Adam Wainwright allowed four runs, including three home runs, over seven innings in a win over the Nationals on Saturday.

Wainwright was actually pretty good, giving up six hits without issuing a walk, but a couple mistakes left the yard. Wainwright struck out five in the start, tying a single-game high, strangely, in what has been a trying year for the 34-year-old. Despite his 5.71 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, Wainwright has now won his last five decisions. He'll try to make it six Friday against the Giants.
May 28 - 10:33 PM

Jhonny Peralta will miss 3-4 days of his rehab assignment in Double-A Springfield with a cut finger that required stitches.

It's not a long-term issue, but it does move his expected return date back a few days. Not that the Cardinals will mind, of course, with Aledmys Diaz raking at the plate. Peralta was 3-for-15 (.200) in his rehab assignment prior to the injury.
May 28 - 7:50 PM

Cardinals designated INF Ruben Tejada for assignment.

Greg Garcia flashed enough in his brief callup that that Cardinals felt it would be more prudent to keep him on the roster as a reserve infielder instead of Tejada who was hitting just .176/.225/.235 in his 34 at-bats. He should be able to latch on elsewhere with little difficulty.
May 28 - 1:06 PM

Cardinals activated 3B Matt Carpenter from the paternity leave list.

Carpenter left the club on Wednesday when his wife went into labor with the couple's first child. He'll return to the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.
May 28 - 1:03 PM

Mark Saxon of ESPN reports that the Cardinals are expected to designate Ruben Tejada for assignment on Saturday.

The Cardinals are forced to make a roster move to reinstate Matt Carpenter from the paternity leave list, and it appears as though Tejada is the odd-man out. Tejada is hitting just .176/.225/.235 in 34 at-bats this season.
May 27 - 11:35 PM

Jaime Garcia yielded two runs over seven innings in Friday’s victory over the Nationals.

It was an encouraging showing after back-to-back shaky outings. Garcia allowed seven hits (including a solo homer by Danny Espinosa) and walked just one batter while notching four strikeouts. He evened up his record at 4-4 with the victory and holds a 3.47 ERA and 55/21 K/BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings over 10 starts. The southpaw will try to keep it going next week against the Brewers.
May 27 - 9:58 PM


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