Player News - Cardinals

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Matt Holliday said Wednesday that he isn't sure how much work he'll get at first base once official workouts begin in Cardinals' camp.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported in December that Holliday had been working out at first base at the team's complex in Florida, but Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak quickly downplayed it while adding that he's still expected to be the starting left fielder in 2016. The 36-year-old is on board with the plan and said he simply wanted to test his versatility just in case. "I wanted to challenge myself," said Holliday. "And I had the time."
Feb 10 - 1:46 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Seung-Hwan Oh has received his work visa.

There was a delay, but Oh will report to spring training on time or perhaps even earlier. The Korean reliever is expected to serve as Trevor Rosenthal's setup man this season.
Feb 9 - 9:05 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Seung-Hwan Oh is close to receiving his work visa.

Oh met with officials in South Korea on Thursday as part of the application process and he's expected to receive his visa in 5-7 days. The process seems to have taken longer than expected, but the Cardinals are confident the reliever will arrive to spring training on time.
Feb 5 - 12:08 PM

Seung-Hwan Oh is still waiting on a work visa.

He has yet to be assigned an interview date from the United States Embassy in Seoul, South Korea and so the waiting might go on for a couple more weeks. It's very possible Oh will be absent for the beginning of Cardinals spring training in Jupiter, Florida, but this delay shouldn't last too far into late February and relief pitchers can usually catch up quickly in camp. The legendary Asian closer signed with St. Louis in January after registering a 1.81 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 772 strikeouts across 646 1/3 innings of relief between Korea and Japan. He is expected to work in a setup role for Trevor Rosenthal.
Feb 1 - 12:43 PM

Jordan Walden (shoulder) isn't expected to have any restrictions when spring training opens next month.

Walden will be on the same pitching program as everyone else. He hasn't encountered any setbacks but beat writer Jenifer Langosch admits there's still "an element of uncertainty" about whether Walden can stay healthy for a full season. That's probably why the team added Jonathan Broxton and Seung Hwan Oh to the bullpen this offseason. Shoulder and biceps injuries limited Walden to just 12 appearances in 2015.
Jan 28 - 10:32 AM

Cardinals signed OF Carlos Peguero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Peguero has hit only .194/.263/.384 across 319 plate appearances in his big league career, although he's slugged 13 homers. Slated to turn 29 next month, Peguero has long had an all-or-nothing approach that has led to gaudy home run and strikeout totals in the minors. He's merely a depth addition for the Cards.
Jan 22 - 11:05 AM

Trevor Rosenthal told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he has not engaged in any substantial long-term contract negotiations with the Cardinals.

"As far as contractual, multi-year type things, I guess we haven’t had any talks," said Rosenthal. "I don’t know what they’re thinking, what we’re thinking. I don’t know how any of that looks because I haven’t gone through it." Rosenthal is a Scott Boras client, and Boras usually advises his best players to go year-to-year through arbitration before hitting it big on the free agent market. St. Louis will pay the closer $5.6 million in 2016 -- his first year of arbitration eligibility. He'll be eligible for salary arbitration again in 2017 and 2018.
Jan 21 - 10:43 AM

Cardinals pitching prospect Alex Reyes (suspension) will take part in the team's S.T.E.P camp in lieu of spring training.

Reyes was hit with a 50-game suspension in November following a second positive drug test. The 21-year-old right-hander has admitted that said positive was the result of marijuana. Because of the suspension, he's not allowed to appear in any spring games in which the Cards charge for admission. Instead, he'll appear in the S.T.E.P camp (Spring Training Early Program), which will allow him to prepare for the season in a non-game setting. It will include seminars and workouts. He'll get started on March 1, down in Jupiter, Florida.
Jan 20 - 6:02 PM

Carlos Martinez (shoulder) said Monday that he is about "90 percent" and will begin throwing Tuesday.

Martinez was shut down in late September because of a right shoulder strain, but he is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2016 season. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a shiny 3.01 ERA with 184 strikeouts in 179 2/3 innings last summer for the National League Central division champions. His upside is through the roof.
Jan 18 - 1:01 PM

Randal Grichuk (hernia) said Sunday that he's "ahead of schedule" in his recovery.

Grichuk underwent sports hernia surgery in early December, but the Cardinals fully expect him to be ready to go for the beginning of spring training. The young outfielder has dealt with numerous injuries in his brief career, but he slugged 17 homers over 350 plate appearances in 2015 and offers ample power potential for 2016 if he's able to stay healthy.
Jan 17 - 2:51 PM

Yadier Molina (thumb) will have his cast removed in mid-February.

He underwent surgery on his left thumb in December. That's about all anyone knows right now as Molina remains without a timetable. The Cardinals have been scouring the market for catching depth but GM John Mozeliak said the search has been "difficult." While the Cardinals are optimistic Molina will be ready for Opening Day, Brayan Pena would handle the catching duties if Molina needs more time.
Jan 16 - 8:07 PM

Matt Adams was able to put on muscle and eliminate fat by changing his offseason regimen.

"I leaned up a little bit," said Adams. "I just got stronger and hopefully quicker." That's good to hear after Adams' injury-marred 2015 campaign. The hope is that Adams' improved mobility will earn him more reps at first base. Adams is also working to hit the ball with power to left-center field, which will help him against the shift. First base could be crowded this year in St. Louis with Adams and Brandon Moss both vying for playing time. Matt Holliday has also worked at first base this offseason.
Jan 16 - 7:02 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Saturday that pitching prospect Alex Reyes will not be invited to major league spring training due to his minor league suspension.

He's still eligible to attend big league camp despite his 50-game ban for a second positive test of drug abuse, but the Cardinals have opted to keep him away. The 21-year-old registered a 2.49 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 151/49 K/BB ratio over 101 1/3 innings across three minor league levels in 2015.
Jan 16 - 3:04 PM

Marco Gonzales said Saturday that he's feeling 100 percent and has already begun throwing off of a mound.

He had a forgettable 2015 campaign that was plagued by shoulder woes and under-performance, registering a 5.45 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 51/24 K/BB ratio over 69 1/3 innings at Triple-A Memphis. The 23-year-old hurler should get a chance with the big league club at some point during the upcoming season.
Jan 16 - 12:33 PM

Cardinals and 1B Matt Adams avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.65 million contract.

Adams suffered through an injury-shortened 2015, hitting just .240/.280/.377 with five homers over 60 games. He's slated to back up Brandon Moss at first base in 2016.
Jan 15 - 2:26 PM


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