Player News - Cardinals

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Carlos Martinez held the Mets to one run in eight innings to cruise to a win Wednesday.

Martinez threw 97 pitches in the gem. He also had a couple of hits, raising his average to .255 this season. Martinez will carry a 12-7 record into his next start against the Brewers on Monday.
Aug 25 - 12:32 AM

Stephen Piscotty finished 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in Wednesday's rout of the Mets.

Piscotty has four homers and 10 RBI in his last 10 games. His average and OBP have slipped, but he's remained pretty valuable anyway.
Aug 25 - 12:25 AM

Batting seventh, Randal Grichuk homered, doubled and walked against the Mets on Wednesday.

It certainly helps when Mike Matheny hits Grichuk somewhere other than eighth in front of the pitcher. It's just a terrible spot for someone with his ample power and subpar plate discipline. Hitting in front of an actual hitter will get him something to hit once in a while, as it did tonight.
Aug 25 - 12:24 AM

Yadier Molina finished 3-for-5 with an RBI double in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday.

The multi-hit game was Molina's fifth in his last 10 contests. He hasn't displayed the power he once did, swatting just four homers to date, but the 34-year-old owns a respectable .284/.345/.387 line with 39 RBI and 40 runs scored on the year.
Aug 24 - 12:55 AM

Jaime Garcia was touched up for six runs on seven hits over four innings Tuesday, taking the loss against the Mets.

Garcia was in a three-run hole by the fourth batter of the game, but his offense was able to back him up with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Undaunted by his team's show of solidarity, Garcia proceeded to surrender two more runs in the second inning and a run in the fourth for good measure. Two of those seven hits left the yard, a troubling trend for the southpaw who has now given up six homers in his last three starts. Amazingly, he'd been on a three-game winning streak prior to Tuesday, dropping to 10-9 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with the loss. An interleague date with the Athletics is on tap for Sunday.
Aug 24 - 12:45 AM

Jordan Walden did not begin a rehab assignment as planned Sunday due to renewed shoulder discomfort.

Rinse and repeat. Walden has made just 12 major league appearances over the last two seasons due to shoulder troubles and can probably now be ruled out for the remainder of 2016. He's back at the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida to continue side work.
Aug 23 - 10:24 PM

Brayan Pena (knee) is expected to begin catching in rehab games later this week.

Pena is 2-for-9 in three games as the designated hitter at High-A Palm Beach. He is eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 4 and the Cardinals are hoping the veteran backstop will be ready on that date. He's appeared in just four games this season for St. Louis after signing a two-year, $5 million free agent contract over the winter.
Aug 23 - 10:22 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) is expected to resume throwing within the next week.

Wacha is scheduled to undergo a followup MRI in early September to determine how hard he can push in his rehab. The 25-year-old right-hander was placed on the disabled list August 9 with a recurrence of the scapular issue that shut him down in 2014. There are serious lingering questions about his future.
Aug 23 - 10:20 PM

Trevor Rosenthal (shoulder) resumed throwing Tuesday.

Rosenthal will work on flat ground for the next two weeks before being reevaluated. He has been on the disabled list since July 25 with a shoulder injury and a flexor strain in his right forearm. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Tuesday that he is "still having optimism" about a possible return this season for the former closer.
Aug 23 - 10:18 PM

Lance Lynn (elbow) acknowledged Tuesday that the odds of him pitching for the Cardinals in 2016 are "very slim."

"Realistically, the chances of getting back to the major leagues and being productive are very slim," said the right-hander. Lynn underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery only nine months ago and that procedure typically requires 12-15 months of rest and rehab. Yet he made two appearances at High-A Palm Beach last week and is scheduled to start for Double-A Springfield this Wednesday.
Aug 23 - 6:43 PM

Matt Holliday had the cast removed from his surgically-repaired thumb on Tuesday.

He still has to wear a splint but has begun doing range of motion exercises with his thumb at the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida. Holliday needed surgery earlier this month to repair a right thumb fracture. He's hoping to return sometime in mid-to-late September.
Aug 23 - 6:31 PM

Lance Lynn (elbow) is set to make a rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Springfield.

He'll likely throw around 50 pitches, or three innings. Lynn worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his minor league rehab debut last Monday with High-A Palm Beach but struggled in his next outing in High-A ball the following Friday. He's no sure bet to rejoin the Cardinals in 2016 despite the recent activity.
Aug 23 - 5:04 PM

Matt Adams (shoulder) is aiming to begin a rehab assignment in the next couple of days.

Adams has been on the disabled list since August 11 with inflammation in his right shoulder. The big first baseman owns a weak .249 batting average and .307 on-base percentage in 95 games this season for the Cardinals, though he has registered a decent .455 SLG. He'll likely return to a bench role.
Aug 23 - 4:28 PM

Aledmys Diaz (thumb) was able to take grounders on Tuesday in St. Louis.

He is scheduled for a checkup with doctors next Monday and will hope to advance to full baseball activities at that point. Diaz has been on the disabled list since the end of July with a hairline fracture in his thumb. Greg Garcia and Jedd Gyorko have been doing most of the filling in at shortstop for the Cardinals.
Aug 23 - 4:25 PM

Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer Sunday in the Cardinals' 9-0 pounding of the Phillies.

Gyorko doubled and scored in the Cardinals' three-run fourth inning and then went deep to right-center off Phillies reliever Frank Herrmann in the Cardinals' four-run eighth. The 27-year-old infielder now has 20 home runs on the season, in just 272 at-bats. That is a homer for every 13.6 at-bats. Another terrific under-the-radar acquisition for Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.
Aug 21 - 5:04 PM


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