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Kevin Siegrist (arm) said Sunday that he has "a lot of confidence moving forward to spring training."

Siegrist was bothered by forearm and neck issues throughout the 2014 season and wound up posting an ugly 6.82 ERA in 30 1/3 innings. The hard-throwing left-hander was among the most effective relievers in baseball in 2013 and will try to get it all back in 2015. "I can tell right away that it’s definitely better and it’s probably 100 percent," Siegrist said Sunday about his health. "Just the way the ball comes out of my hand throwing long toss and stuff like that compared to last year."
Jan 26 - 10:01 AM

Kevin Siegrist (arm) will begin throwing off a mound next week.

The southpaw is recovering from an array of arm injuries that plagued him during the 2014 season. Siegrist feels that his arm is "100 percent" and that he's over the injury woes.
Jan 18 - 4:12 PM

Kevin Siegrist (arm) will begin throwing off a mound next week.

The southpaw is recovering from an array of arm injuries that plagued him during the 2014 season. Siegrist feels that his arm is "100 percent" and that he's over the injury woes.
Jan 18 - 4:12 PM

The results from a scheduled MRI on Michael Wacha's right shoulder Sunday came back clean.

The Cardinals set up periodic MRIs for Wacha to have this winter after he dealt with a stress reaction in his shoulder last season. All the exams have come back clean, and the right has been able to have a normal throwing program this winter. Still, he's an injury risk heading into 2015 given the uncertain nature of the ailment.
Jan 18 - 2:01 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said reports on Jaime Garcia's (shoulder) rehab progress are "extraordinarily positive."

Garcia has been a largely effective pitcher when healthy, owning a 3.50 career ERA, and his return could allow the Cardinals to avoid spending big on a free agent pitcher or trading away valuable assets for one. Health is no guarantee, though, as Garcia is coming off July surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in his left shoulder. He won't have a rotation spot guaranteed heading into spring, but if he pitches well he could make it a tough decision for Cards manager Mike Matheny.
Jan 17 - 5:19 PM

Jason Heyward said he won't rule out talking about an extension with the Cardinals once the season starts.

"As this point, I don't," Heyward told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch when asked if he would have a reason to stop talking about his contract when the season started. "They asked me to be here and I was traded into this situation, and it's a good situation. For me, I just feel like I need to show up and do my job, kind of follow their lead with certain things. After that, we'll see what happens. It's kind of a unique situation because this is my last year before free agency." Heyward would likely command a big contract on the open market, so it won't be cheap if the Cardinals want to keep him around beyond this year.
Jan 17 - 4:26 PM

Adam Wainwright (elbow) played catch on Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery in October.

Wainwright underwent the procedure to have a ligament trimmed in his elbow. He is making good progress in his recovery and is on track to be ready for Opening Day.
Jan 17 - 1:05 PM

Peter Bourjos (hip) has been cleared to begin swinging a bat.

He underwent surgery in November to repair a hip impingement. Barring any setbacks, He's expected to be a full-go for the start of spring training.
Jan 17 - 11:40 AM

Jon Jay requested $5 million and was offered $4.1 million from the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged.

Jay is arbitration-eligible for the second time and will earn a raise over the $3.25 million that he earned in 2014. He's in the process of recovering from surgery on his left wrist but is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Jan 17 - 12:30 AM

Arthur Rhodes officially announced his retirement from professional baseball.

The 45-year-old southpaw hasn't pitched in the major leagues since the 2011 season, but had held out hope for a return. He appeared in 900 games during his 20-year career, compiling a 4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 33 saves in 1187 2/3 innings of work. He also made one All-Star team as a member of the Reds in 2010.
Jan 16 - 9:26 PM

Cardinals and OF Peter Bourjos avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.65 million contract.

The financials of the deal aren't available. Bourjos battled through a hip injury in 2014 and hit a disappointing .231/.294/.348 with four home runs, 24 RBI and nine stolen bases over 119 games in 2014. He'll enter 2015 as a backup outfielder with the Cards.
Jan 15 - 7:46 PM

Cardinals and C Tony Cruz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $775,000 contract.

Cruz was entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility. The 28-year-old doesn't hit much, as he owns a career .225/.271/.310 slash line, but he has been a dependable backup behind the plate for Yadier Molina.
Jan 15 - 2:56 PM

Cardinals and RHP Lance Lynn avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year, $22 million contract.

Lynn's new contract will cover all three years of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander was projected to take home $5.5 million in his first year of arbitration according to MLB Trade Rumors, so the average annual value exceeds that by close to $2 million. Lynn is coming off of a strong 2014 season in which he won 15 games with a 2.74 ERA and a 181/72 K/BB ratio in 203 2/3 innings.
Jan 15 - 12:57 PM

Jon Jay had his surgically-repaired left wrist examined this week in St. Louis and was given the go-ahead for increased baseball activity.

Jay needed a scope for the wrist in late October. "It's too early to tell when I'll be 100 percent, but it's a good thing there are seven weeks until spring," Jay told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday. "That extra 10 days (before spring workouts start this year) is huge. I've already been working. I feel good. I have the time I need. I expect to be ready."
Jan 13 - 4:14 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has indicated that Jason Heyward is likely to start off next season hitting second in the batting order.

"I can see Jason as a ‘2’ or ‘3’ guy," said Matheny. "And I really like him in the ‘2’ hole." General manager John Mozeliak said last month that the team was toying with the idea of moving Matt Carpenter down in the order, but it appears at this point Matheny is leaning towards keeping the third baseman in the leadoff spot directly ahead of Heyward. The former Braves spent 94 of his 148 starts last season in the leadoff spot.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 02:31:00 PM


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