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Date: Team: Pos:

Marco Gonzales (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

Beat reporter Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch watched the session, noting that Gonzales threw with "greater intensity" than in previous bullpens. Goold suspects Gonzales will advance to facing live hitters after a few more sessions. Gonzales is only throwing fastballs at the moment. The left-hander may need some fine-tuning in Triple-A to begin the year but is hoping to be up in the majors by late May. Gonzales is 12 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
Feb 23 - 5:30 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that prospect Sandy Alcantara could pitch in the majors this coming season.

It would be quite the jump for Alcantara, as he did not pitch above High-A ball in 2016. The 21-year-old right-hander posted a 3.96 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 153/59 K/BB ratio across 122 2/3 minor league frames this past season. The Cardinals are not shy about moving their pitching prospects along rapidly if they show promise -- both Trevor Rosenthal and Carlos Martinez skipped Triple-A when they made their major league debuts.
Feb 22 - 4:13 PM

Kevin Siegrist (shoulder) threw about 25 pitches Wednesday in his first bullpen session of the spring.

Siegrist has been taking it easy in the early days of camp after coming down with some soreness around his left shoulder and triceps. He'll see how he feels on Thursday before deciding on the next step, but he's moving in the right direction. Siegrist is expected to pitch in a set-up role this season.
Feb 22 - 3:21 PM

Kevin Siegrist (shoulder) expects to begin throwing off a mound Wednesday.

Siegrist, a guy with a long list of arm troubles, has fallen behind the other pitchers in Cardinals camp due to soreness around his left shoulder and triceps. It's not a huge deal right now, but it's definitely something to monitor. Sigerist projects to pitch in seventh- and eighth-inning setup duty this year for St. Louis, if his health cooperates.
Feb 20 - 2:47 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and Yadier Molina's agent, Melvin Roman, have begin preliminary contract extension talks.

General manager John Mozeliak told Heyman that the discussions are "very preliminary" at this point. The two sides are viewing Opening Day as an unofficial deadline for the talks. "Obviously Yadier’s been in the organization a long time and we’ve had a relationship going back years with Melvin. And if there’s hope to do something mutually beneficial before the season, we will try to do that," Mozeliak said. Molina is set to make $14 million in 2017 and the two sides have a $15 million mutual option for 2018. He'll turn 35 at midseason, so any extension would be a relatively short one that should allow him to retire as a Cardinal.
Feb 17 - 11:57 AM

Yadier Molina has left Cardinals camp in order to go to his native Puerto Rico to be honored.

It's unclear what the honor is exactly, but it's an absence Molina had previously cleared with the Cards. He'll be back in a few days.
Feb 17 - 11:26 AM

Tyler Lyons (knee) has begun throwing off a mound.

It's quicker than expected, as Lyons is a bit ahead of schedule in his recovery from last November's right knee surgery. He's not expected to be ready by Opening Day but could appear in some Grapefruit League games next month. Lyons will most likely be used in relief for the Cardinals this season, although being stretched back out is an option after Alex Reyes went down.
Feb 17 - 10:15 AM

Kendry Flores' minor league contract with the Cardinals has been voided.

Flores showed up to Cardinals camp with shoulder discomfort and it's apparently rather serious. The 24-year-old right-hander signed a non-guaranteed minor league deal with St. Louis back in November.
Feb 16 - 3:32 PM

Alex Reyes underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday.

As scheduled. Reyes, one of the top young starters in baseball, will miss the entire 2017 season and probably the early part of the 2018 campaign as well. Michael Wacha, Luke Weaver, and Trevor Rosenthal are among the pitchers in the running for the final spot in the Cardinals' season-opening starting rotation. Carlos Martinez, Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, and Mike Leake are locked in.

Major League Baseball suspended Corey Littrell for 50 games following a second positive drug test.

Littrell, 24, had been progressing through the Cardinals' minor league system since being drafted in the 43rd round of the 2010 amateur draft, but this suspension will put momentary blocks on his development. Splitting time between Double- and Triple-A last season, Littrell pitched to a 4.43 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 63/30 K/BB ratio across 67 innings.
Feb 15 - 5:33 PM

Michael Wacha said that he felt no pain in his arm during Wednesday's bullpen.

Wacha has been throwing side sessions this month and is hoping that he has built up enough strength that the recurring shoulder injuries which have bit him in the past are just that, a thing of the past. Said the 25-year-old right-hander, "My arm feels like it's able to move freely and without any pain, and it's working the right way. I'm really happy with the way it's going, the way I'm bouncing back and recovering." With top prospect Alex Reyes set to undergo Tommy John surgery, Wacha's health entering the 2017 campaign is going to be crucial for the Cards. Club general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Tuesday that so long as Wacha can maintain his health, he will likely be in the rotation come April. In 138 innings this past season, he held a disappointing 5.09 ERA.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 15 - 4:49 PM

Kevin Siegrist (shoulder) said he plans to throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Friday.

Siegrist skipped a scheduled throwing session Wednesday due to shoulder/triceps soreness, but it's not a major concern. The southpaw posted a 2.77 ERA over 67 appearances last season and will again be a trusted arm in the Cardinals bullpen this season.
Feb 15 - 2:23 PM

Kevin Siegrist skipped a throwing session Wednesday due to shoulder tightness.

The last thing the Cardinals need is another injury, but there's nothing to suggest that it's anything significant. Look for him to resume throwing soon.
Feb 15 - 12:11 PM

Alex Reyes (elbow) will require Tommy John surgery.

The worst fears for Reyes have been confirmed, as he'll now miss the entire 2017 season while in rehab mode. It's a brutal blow for the Cardinals, who were hoping that their prized top prospect would be a major contributor this season. The good news, if anything, is that Reyes is still just 22 years old. He still has a bright future ahead of him, but it's just going to be delayed a bit due to this health setback.
Feb 15 - 9:29 AM

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com, Alex Reyes has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will go for a second opinion.

Reyes previously dealt with a strain in his elbow back in 2013 and received a platelet-rich plasma injection at that time, so the big question is the extent of any new damage. Bowden hears that Tommy John surgery is "likely," but the fact is that the promising young right-hander is looking at a significant absence no matter what. Michael Wacha is now the favorite to open the year as the fifth starter for St. Louis.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 4:06 PM


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