Player News - Cardinals

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Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run as the Cardinals edged the Marlins 5-4 on Thursday.

Diaz took Jose Fernandez deep for the two-run dinger in the third inning, and he added an RBI double in the fifth. The 25-year-old now has 14 home runs, 56 RBI and 64 runs scored in his rookie year. He continues to prove the naysayers wrong, batting .313/.378/.523 through 94 games.
Jul 28 - 10:19 PM

Matt Holliday hit his 18th home run of the season in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

Holliday caught up with a Jose Fernandez fastball, muscling it over the wall just to the left of the right field foul pole. After a 2015 season marked by injury and a surprising power outage, the 36-year-old is once again approaching 20 home runs. If he gets there, it will be the 10th time in his career he's reached the plateau. Holliday is hitting .235/.306/.455 overall.
Jul 28 - 10:11 PM

Michael Wacha allowed three runs over six innings in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

It was an odd final line for Wacha, who surrendered just four hits without issuing a walk but struck out just two and exited after only 80 pitches. That was likely due in large part to the fact that the Marlins scored all three of their runs against him in the fifth inning, concerning manager Mike Matheny. Wacha improved to 6-7 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with the win. He'll next take on the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Jul 28 - 9:55 PM

Jaime Garcia will start on short rest Saturday against the Marlins.

He'll be pitching on four days rest instead of his usual five following Tuesday's doubleheader. Manager Mike Matheny considered having Tyler Lyons make a spot start but went with Garcia instead. Jerome Williams will be available in long relief if Matheny has Garcia on a short leash.
Jul 28 - 5:52 PM

Lance Lynn (elbow) has thrown seven live batting practices.

He's hoping to appear in a minor league game by the end of next month. Obviously Lynn hasn't given up on pitching again this season, though we're guessing the Cardinals will play it safe and hold him out until spring training. Lynn is about nine months removed from Tommy John surgery.
Jul 28 - 5:45 PM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said there's still no timetable for Matt Carpenter (oblique) to begin a rehab assignment.

There was optimism Carpenter might begin a rehab assignment this week but it doesn't look like that's going to happen now. Carpenter has sat out the last three weeks with a strained oblique. The Cards could really use his bat in the lineup. The three-time All-Star leads the NL in on base percentage (.420) and is also second in OPS (.988).
Jul 28 - 5:19 PM

Tyler Lyons threw a bullpen session Thursday afternoon at Marlins Park.

Which would set him up to make a spot start for the Cardinals on Saturday in Miami. Top prospect Alex Reyes was a candidate for that turn, but it doesn't sound like that is going to happen. Lyons, a 28-year-old lefty, boasts a 3.04 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 45/13 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings this season out of the St. Louis bullpen.
Jul 28 - 3:52 PM

Cardinals RHP prospect Jake Woodford scattered five hits and two runs over seven innings Wednesday in a no-decision for Low-A Peoria.

He delivered a season-high nine strikeouts and didn't walk anyone. The seven-inning effort was his longest since May 24 when he logged eight scoreless frames in a win over Kane County. The 19-year-old has been one of the better hurlers in the Midwest League this season with 66 strikeouts and a 2.81 ERA. Despite his success, Woodford hasn't won a start since June 5 while being plagued by poor run support.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 28 - 12:24 PM

Adam Wainwright was touched up for four runs in 6 2/3 innings but escaped with a no-decision as the Cardinals came back to beat the Mets 5-4 on Wednesday.

He was sailing along like an ace until the seventh inning, when he gave up three runs, including two on a Yoenis Cespedes home run. He allowed 11 hits and one walk and fanned four. It was his first (and last) bad start of the month. Wainwright has really turned things around since his awful slump early in the season. His record holds at 9-5 with a 4.16 ERA. Due to two Cardinals off days he won't start again until Wednesday of next week in Cincinnati.
Jul 27 - 11:26 PM

Seung Hwan Oh struck out one batter in a spotless ninth inning to earn his sixth save on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old rookie has been rock solid all season. He has fanned 69 batters with 14 walks and only 30 hits in 52 1/3 innings. He is now the Cardinals' closer and seems unlikely to relinquish that role anytime soon.
Jul 27 - 11:18 PM

Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-5 with a run scored as the Cardinals came back to win on Wednesday night.

Diaz has been one of the biggest surprises in all of baseball this season. He is batting .312 with an .890 OPS as a rookie. He has 13 homers, 61 runs and 53 RBI. People have been expecting the 25-year-old shortstop's production to tail off but he has shown no signs of being a fluke.
Jul 27 - 11:11 PM

Jedd Gyorko homered in both halves of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets.

He also homered in both halves of a doubleheader last Wednesday versus the Padres and he now has seven home runs in his last nine games. Gyorko probably isn't going to finish this season with an .800-plus OPS -- it's at .814 right now -- but he does have pretty good power and he's probably going to keep playing regularly for St. Louis. There's reason to grab him and start him in deeper mixed leagues.
Jul 26 - 10:57 PM

Jaime Garcia surrendered three runs -- two earned -- over five innings Tuesday as the Cardinals dropped the second game of a doubleheader against the Mets.

Garcia didn't walk a batter and only gave up five hits, but three of those hits were doubles and the Mets were able to take advantage of some shaky defense on the part of the Cardinals. Garcia now stands 7-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 118 innings (20 starts) this season. He'll get the Marlins on the road next in the finale of a four-game set.
Jul 26 - 10:43 PM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, top prospect Alex Reyes was lifted from his start Tuesday night at Triple-A Memphis as "insurance" in case he's needed Saturday in Miami.

That would be his major league debut. Tyler Lyons is also a possibility for Saturday, but he might have to be used in relief at some point over the next three days. Reyes struck out seven batters over three innings on Tuesday night against the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers and he has 79 strikeouts in 55 total innings this season with the Memphis Redbirds. But those big swing-and-miss totals have come with an ugly 1.42 WHIP and 5.07 ERA. If this does happen, it will likely be a spot start.
Jul 26 - 9:47 PM

Alex Reyes was pulled from his start Tuesday night at Triple-A Memphis after just three innings.

There's no word yet about an injury, so this could be part of some trade that is in the works. Or maybe it's a sudden callup? We're doing guesswork for now. Reyes, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, had struck out seven batters in three innings Tuesday night against the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers. The 21-year-old right-hander has 79 strikeouts in 55 innings this season with Memphis.
Jul 26 - 9:14 PM


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