Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

Cardinals optioned 1B Luke Voit to Triple-A Memphis.

As suspected, Stephen Piscotty will stick around, giving the Cardinals three options to rotate in right field (Randal Grichuk and Jose Martinez being the other two). Voit started out on fire after getting the call in late June, but his production hadn't continued in limited playing time since the Cardinals got healthier and he had started just two games in August. He'll be back when MLB rosters expand on September 1.
Aug 21 - 11:09 AM

Jedd Gyorko blasted a two-run homer as the Cardinals fell to the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

Gyorko's two-run shot off of Ivan Nova pulled the Cardinals to within a run at 3-2 in the second inning. He also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4. The 28-year-old is enjoying another solid season offensively, slashing .269/.336/.464 with 17 homers and 59 RBI.
Aug 20 - 10:08 PM

Mike Leake was clobbered in Sunday's loss to the Pirates, giving up six runs on eight hits over his three innings of work.

The right-hander struck out three and didn't walk a batter. Josh Bell inflicted most of the damage against him, crushing a two-run homer in the first inning and adding a two-run single in the third. Leake has fallen off of a cliff since his strong start to the season and now sports a 4.16 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season. He'll try to get back on track on Saturday against the Rays.
Aug 20 - 10:07 PM

Dexter Fowler (back) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

Fowler didn't play Saturday due to a sore back, but he's feeling well enough a day later to give it a go. He's in center field and batting cleanup against Ivan Nova and the Pirates. The Cards are also giving the recently recalled Stephen Piscotty a start, as Tommy Pham is receiving a day off.
Aug 20 - 3:43 PM

Dexter Fowler (back) expects to be back in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

The Cards had Magneuris Sierra on their taxi squad in case Fowler didn't recover quickly from a sore back, but it sounds like he'll be fine. He's hit .441/.587/.824 this month since returning from the disabled list.
Aug 20 - 11:06 AM

Cardinals recalled OF Stephen Piscotty from Triple-A Memphis.

Piscotty will be the team's 26th man for Sunday's game in Williamsport, PA, but he could potentially stick around after that. He hit four home runs and posted a 1.202 OPS over eight games for Memphis after being demoted earlier this month. Randal Grichuk is hitting .372/.400/.674 over his last 11 games, so the Cards seem unlikely to bench him right now even if Piscotty does stick with the big club.
Aug 20 - 10:04 AM

Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and scored two runs but it wasn't enough to prevent a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

It was an impressive homer off the Pirates' ace closer Felipe Rivero in the ninth inning. Martinez doubled and scored earlier in the game. He's been a part-time player this year but has made the most of his opportunities. The 29-year-old owns a .288/.357/.514 triple slash with 10 homers and 28 RBI in 200 plate appearances.
Aug 19 - 9:46 PM

Paul DeJong continued to scald the ball, cracking a two-run homer in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

He went yard off reliever Juan Nicasio with a runner aboard in the eighth inning. He also walked in the game. The rookie shortstop has come out of nowhere to have a big impact on fantasy leagues this season. He has a .305/.336/.591 slash line with 20 home runs and 48 RBI in just 70 games.
Aug 19 - 9:39 PM

Michael Wacha let in five runs in four innings and was charged with a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

One bad inning ruined his day. He allowed all five runs in the second frame, including a pair of two-run homers by Adam Frazier and Starling Marte. Wacha falls to 9-6 as his ERA grows to 4.08 after 23 starts. He'll hope for better things against the Rays on Friday.
Aug 19 - 9:36 PM

Dexter Fowler is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Saturday due to back discomfort.

Fowler received treatment on Saturday and could be available off the bench if needed. Consider him day-to-day.
Aug 19 - 3:55 PM

Adam Wainwright received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow and will be shut down for the next 10-14 days.

The Cardinals are still hopeful that he'll be able to return this season, but from a fantasy perspective it's time to cut bait in redraft leagues. Luke Weaver will occupy his rotation spot while he's out.
Aug 19 - 2:50 PM

Kolten Wong (hip) returned to the Cardinals' starting lineup on Saturday.

Wong was a late scratch from the Cardinals' starting lineup on Friday due to a minor hip injury, but he's ready to roll again. He'll bat sixth against Chad Kuhl and the Pirates on Saturday.
Aug 19 - 1:47 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Mike Mayers to Triple-A Memphis.

Mayers was only with the club for one game this time around, now giving way to Josh Lucas who had his contract purchased on Saturday. He should be back with the big league club once rosters expand in September.
Aug 19 - 12:08 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP Josh Lucas from Triple-A Memphis.

It's the first trip to the big leagues for the 26-year-old hurler. Lucas appeared in 43 games at Triple-A Memphis this season, compiling a 3.34 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 65/9 K/BB ratio across 56 2/3 innings.
Aug 19 - 11:35 AM

Paul DeJong went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in a wild 11-10 victory over the Pirates on Friday.

He cracked a solo shot off starter Trevor Williams in the third inning, then laced an RBI single in the sixth. The rookie shortstop, who just turned 24 years old this month, has been one of the best hitters in the majors since getting called up from Triple-A at the end of May. In fact he has been playing at an MVP level, slashing .305/.333/.583 with 19 home runs and 46 RBI in 69 games. He had an additional 13 home runs in 48 games in the minors earlier this year.
Aug 18 - 11:52 PM


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