Player News - Cardinals

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Dexter Fowler (back) expects to be back in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

The Cards had Magneuris Sierra on their taxi squad in case Fowler didn't recover quickly from a sore back, but it sounds like he'll be fine. He's hit .441/.587/.824 this month since returning from the disabled list.
Aug 20 - 11:06 AM

Cardinals recalled OF Stephen Piscotty from Triple-A Memphis.

Piscotty will be the team's 26th man for Sunday's game in Williamsport, PA, but he could potentially stick around after that. He hit four home runs and posted a 1.202 OPS over eight games for Memphis after being demoted earlier this month. Randal Grichuk is hitting .372/.400/.674 over his last 11 games, so the Cards seem unlikely to bench him right now even if Piscotty does stick with the big club.
Aug 20 - 10:04 AM

Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and scored two runs but it wasn't enough to prevent a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

It was an impressive homer off the Pirates' ace closer Felipe Rivero in the ninth inning. Martinez doubled and scored earlier in the game. He's been a part-time player this year but has made the most of his opportunities. The 29-year-old owns a .288/.357/.514 triple slash with 10 homers and 28 RBI in 200 plate appearances.
Aug 19 - 9:46 PM

Paul DeJong continued to scald the ball, cracking a two-run homer in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

He went yard off reliever Juan Nicasio with a runner aboard in the eighth inning. He also walked in the game. The rookie shortstop has come out of nowhere to have a big impact on fantasy leagues this season. He has a .305/.336/.591 slash line with 20 home runs and 48 RBI in just 70 games.
Aug 19 - 9:39 PM

Michael Wacha let in five runs in four innings and was charged with a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

One bad inning ruined his day. He allowed all five runs in the second frame, including a pair of two-run homers by Adam Frazier and Starling Marte. Wacha falls to 9-6 as his ERA grows to 4.08 after 23 starts. He'll hope for better things against the Rays on Friday.
Aug 19 - 9:36 PM

Dexter Fowler is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Saturday due to back discomfort.

Fowler received treatment on Saturday and could be available off the bench if needed. Consider him day-to-day.
Aug 19 - 3:55 PM

Adam Wainwright received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow and will be shut down for the next 10-14 days.

The Cardinals are still hopeful that he'll be able to return this season, but from a fantasy perspective it's time to cut bait in redraft leagues. Luke Weaver will occupy his rotation spot while he's out.
Aug 19 - 2:50 PM

Kolten Wong (hip) returned to the Cardinals' starting lineup on Saturday.

Wong was a late scratch from the Cardinals' starting lineup on Friday due to a minor hip injury, but he's ready to roll again. He'll bat sixth against Chad Kuhl and the Pirates on Saturday.
Aug 19 - 1:47 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Mike Mayers to Triple-A Memphis.

Mayers was only with the club for one game this time around, now giving way to Josh Lucas who had his contract purchased on Saturday. He should be back with the big league club once rosters expand in September.
Aug 19 - 12:08 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP Josh Lucas from Triple-A Memphis.

It's the first trip to the big leagues for the 26-year-old hurler. Lucas appeared in 43 games at Triple-A Memphis this season, compiling a 3.34 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 65/9 K/BB ratio across 56 2/3 innings.
Aug 19 - 11:35 AM

Paul DeJong went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in a wild 11-10 victory over the Pirates on Friday.

He cracked a solo shot off starter Trevor Williams in the third inning, then laced an RBI single in the sixth. The rookie shortstop, who just turned 24 years old this month, has been one of the best hitters in the majors since getting called up from Triple-A at the end of May. In fact he has been playing at an MVP level, slashing .305/.333/.583 with 19 home runs and 46 RBI in 69 games. He had an additional 13 home runs in 48 games in the minors earlier this year.
Aug 18 - 11:52 PM

Matt Carpenter crushed a three-run homer in a win over the Pirates on Friday.

He circled the bases after depositing a Trevor Williams offering over the wall with two runners aboard in the second inning. It was his only hit in three at-bats, although he did draw a walk as well. Carpenter's batting average has taken a tumble this season -- his current .249 mark would be a career low by a wide margin. He now has 16 home runs, 69 runs and 60 RBI in 499 plate appearances.
Aug 18 - 11:42 PM

Seun Hwan Oh recorded the final two outs to earn a save versus the Pirates on Friday.

Oh was called upon to put out a raging fire in the final frame. Matt Bowman began the inning on the bump but quickly walked two batters and hit another to load the bases with one out. He was replaced by left-hander Zach Duke who promptly walked in a run. The Cardinals then turned to Oh to protect a two-run lead with the bases loaded. He surrendered a sacrifice fly to David Freese to bring the Pirates within one with the tying run on third base. Oh issued an intentional walk then punched out catcher Elias Diaz to quench the flames. Oh is the guy in St. Louis to own now for saves now that Trevor Rosenthal is on the disabled list.
Aug 18 - 11:34 PM

Carlos Martinez yielded three runs in seven innings to earn a win against the Pirates on Friday.

He wasn't on top of his game but got the job done in the quality start. He was taken deep by Josh Harrison and David Freese but both were solo shots that didn't sink his battleship. Martinez struck out four batters and walked one while surrendering six base hits. His record improves to 10-9 with a desirable 3.57 ERA and 1.19 WHIP after 25 starts. He's notched 169 strikeouts in 161 1/3 innings.
Aug 18 - 11:25 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the concern with Trevor Rosenthal (elbow) centers around "the stability of his ligament, and surgery is option."

The level of damage in Rosenthal's ulnar collateral ligament isn't known at this point, but obviously Tommy John surgery would be the worst-case scenario. He's already received one opinion but will get a second before a decision on the next course of action is made. Seung Hwan Oh is back in the closer role for the Cards with Rosenthal sidelined.
Aug 18 - 5:55 PM


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