Player News - Cardinals

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Friday that Jhonny Peralta will be the team's starting third baseman and Jedd Gyroko will be a utility infielder.

It's been the expectation since the beginning of camp. It ultimately probably doesn't matter much which of the two is the "starter" at third base, as both Peralta and Gyorko are going to play a lot. Gyorko, who led the Cards with 30 homers last season, figures to handle second base versus lefties.
Mar 24 - 11:31 AM

Adam Wainwright was charged with three runs -- one earned -- over four innings of work versus the Marlins on Thursday.

He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out one. It wasn't a great outing for Wainwright but was certainly a monumental improvement from his last one when he was lit up for 10 runs over 1 2/3 frames. Waino did pitch well in his two outings prior to the 10-run fiasco, so we'll give him a little break.
Mar 23 - 3:25 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis.

Tuivailala received a 12-appearance cup of coffee with the Cardinals last season. He failed to do much with the opportunity, surrendering six runs on 12 hits over nine innings. The 24-year-old right-hander could see additional work with the big league club as the season unfolds, but for now will return to Triple-A. Pitching at the lower level in 2016, he registered an unappealing 5.21 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, but also boasted a strong 72 strikeouts in just 46 2/3 innings.
Mar 22 - 5:50 PM

Carlos Martinez blanked the Nationals for five innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' 6-1 victory.

Martinez was named the Cardinals' Opening Day starter before the game. He's certainly the best bet in the group for fantasy purposes, but he still would seem to be a bit more of an injury risk than some. If he can make 30-32 starts again, he'll probably be a top-20 SP this year.
Mar 22 - 4:09 PM

John Gant struck out two in a perfect frame Wednesday against the Nationals.

The Cardinals were stretching Gant out at the beginning of the spring, but since they haven't had any rotation issues, they're now backing off Gant and taking a closer look at him as a relief option. He's allowed just two runs in 11 innings this spring. He could be a part of the Opening Day bullpen.
Mar 22 - 4:07 PM

Greg Garcia tripled and doubled twice Wednesday in the win over the Nationals.

The underappreciated Garcia has hit .261/.377/.366 in 303 major league at-bats, playing a perfectly solid shortstop in the process. He'd likely be an upgrade in a starting role for several teams, but on the Cardinals, he's going to continue to be treated as a sixth infielder.
Mar 22 - 4:03 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBI against the Nationals on Wednesday.

Carpenter seems over the back soreness now, having played four of the last six days. He's 5-for-15 with a homer this spring.
Mar 22 - 4:01 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny hinted that Matt Adams could see his first action in the outfield on Wednesday.

The slimmed-down Adams has been practicing in the outfield of late in an effort to test his versatility. As of now, he's behind Matt Carpenter on the depth chart at first base. It wouldn't hurt to give him a look.
Mar 22 - 11:14 AM

Carlos Martinez has been named the Cardinals' Opening Day starter.

Adam Wainwright has received the last four Opening Day assignments, so he has passed the torch here. Martinez deserves it, as he's now the unquestioned ace of the staff. The 25-year-old posted a 3.04 ERA and 174/70 K/BB ratio over 195 1/3 innings last season.
Mar 22 - 11:02 AM

Cardinals signed RHP Josh Zeid to a minor league contract.

Zeid had trouble attracting interest after putting up middling numbers in the minors the last two seasons, but an impressive showing for Israel in the World Baseball Classic might have piqued the Cardinals' interest. Slated to turn 30 on Friday, Zeid hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014 and will surely begin 2017 at Triple-A Memphis.
Mar 21 - 4:36 PM

Jose Martinez continued his monster spring with a two-run homer and RBI single in Monday's win over the Astros.

Martinez also drew a couple walks and scored three runs. The 28-year-old is a virtual lock to make the Cardinals' Opening Day roster at this point with a .400/.510/.825 batting line, four homers and 13 RBI over 40 Grapefruit League at-bats.
Mar 20 - 11:21 PM

Cardinals optioned INF/OF Breyvic Valera to Triple-A Memphis; re-assigned OF Todd Cunningham and C Gabriel Lino to minor league camp.

No surprises here. Valera was added to the 40-man roster over the winter, but he never had a real shot at the Opening Day roster.
Mar 20 - 9:45 PM

Dexter Fowler was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Monday due to illness.

He should be fine in a day or two. Harrison Bader took Fowler's spot in center field.
Mar 20 - 5:20 PM

Cardinals reassigned LHP Zach Phillips and RHP Josh Lucas to minor league camp.

Neither hurler was expected to open the season in the big league bullpen, so there are no huge surprises here. Phillips posted a disappointing 5.06 ERA and 1.69 WHIP across 5 1/3 innings in Grapefruit League action.
Mar 19 - 7:16 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Rowan Wick to Triple-A Memphis.

Wick, a converted outfielder, has developed into a very intriguing bullpen arm for the Cardinals. He struggled in limited Grapefruit League action through, registering a 15.43 ERA and 2.14 WHIP in his 2 1/3 innings.
Mar 19 - 7:14 PM


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