Player News - Cardinals

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Jack Flaherty fanned seven over six scoreless innings in defeating the Brewers on Friday.

Flaherty looks like an early favorite for pitcher of the month honors for August; he's won all three of his starts while allowing a total of two runs and striking out 23 in 19 innings. He's 7-6 with a 3.05 ERA overall.
Aug 18 - 12:51 AM

Jedd Gyorko homered and walked against the Brewers in Friday's win.

Gyorko was a part-timer under Mike Matheny, but he's been playing pretty regularly since the managerial switch and he's putting up fine numbers to go along with his usual quality defense. Since the beginning of July, he's hit .281 with five homers, 19 RBI and a 16/21 K/BB ratio in 137 plate appearances.
Aug 18 - 12:46 AM

Yairo Munoz (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Saturday.

Munoz is eligible for activation on Tuesday and he would seem to have a shot to return at that time. He's been out with a sprained right wrist.
Aug 17 - 5:28 PM

Michael Wacha (oblique) is headed to High-A Palm Beach to begin a rehab assignment.

The exact date of his first rehab start hasn't been revealed, but it sounds like it will be in the next few days. Wacha has been on the shelf since late June with a strained left oblique but has been throwing off a mound for the last week with no issues. He will require multiple rehab starts before rejoining the Cardinals' rotation.
Aug 17 - 5:26 PM

Harrison Bader hit his ninth home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Nationals.

Nationals starter Tanner Roark left a slider over the plate and Bader yanked it into the visiting bullpen for the solo shot in the third inning. He finished 2-for-3 in the game. Bader's defense has helped him earn an everyday role in the Cardinals' outfield in recent weeks, but he's somewhat surprisingly doing his part at the dish as well. Through Thursday, the 24-year-old is hitting .285/.354/.446 with those nine homers and 12 stolen bases in 98 games. That's a fantasy contributor in deeper mixed leagues.
Aug 16 - 11:41 PM

Luke Weaver allowed four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Nationals.

Weaver, making the start after being pushed back a few days due to a cut on his right index finger, was shaky from the jump -- two of his seven hits allowed were to opposing starter Tanner Roark. It didn't help that his defense was equally shaky, with first baseman Matt Carpenter dropping what would have been the third out in the fourth inning, precipitating Weaver's exit and eventually allowing two unearned runs to score. Hard to blame too much of his struggles on the defense, though, and Weaver dropped to 6-11 with a 4.67 ERA and 1.42 WHIP through 24 starts overall with the loss. He's not a good fantasy bet Tuesday when the Cardinals square off with the Dodgers.
Aug 16 - 11:26 PM

Carlos Martinez (shoulder) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday at Double-A Springfield.

Martinez will pitch an inning or two for Springfield on both Friday and Sunday before rejoining the Cardinals in Los Angeles next week. The 26-year-old right-hander is going to finish out the season in a relief role with St. Louis. He's been on the disabled list three times this year with upper arm injuries.
Aug 16 - 3:37 PM

Matt Carpenter (hand) is starting at first base and batting leadoff Thursday night against the Nationals.

Carpenter was pulled from Wednesday night's win over Washington after taking a pitch off his right hand, but tests came back clean and he's back in there Thursday. The 32-year-old is a legitimate MVP candidate.
Aug 16 - 3:11 PM

Austin Gomber blanked the Nationals for six innings and struck out six in a victory Wednesday.

Gomber wants no part of losing his rotation spot to the rehabbing Adam Wainwright or Michael Wacha. He's allowed six runs over 21 1/3 innings in his four starts, all of which were won by the Cardinals. He has mixed-league value for however long he continues to start.
Aug 16 - 12:03 AM

Bud Norris returned to the mound Wednesday and pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save.

Norris had Tuesday off because of right hip soreness. It doesn't appear to be anything major, but Norris's availability will probably be determined on a day-to-day basis for a little while longer.
Aug 16 - 12:01 AM

Harrison Bader went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI against the Nationals on Wednesday.

The Cardinals will want to get Tyler O'Neill some outfield playing time, but it shouldn't come at Bader's expense; he's not only playing all-world defense in center field, but he's hitting again of late. He's batting .348 with two homers in 46 at-bats this month.
Aug 16 - 12:00 AM

X-rays on Matt Carpenter's right hand came back negative.

That's obviously great news. Carpenter exited after being hit by a Matt Grace offering on Wednesday. This doesn't completely clear Carpenter from missing time, but it certainly appears that Carpenter was able to avoid a long-term injury. We should know more about the severity after the completion of the game.
Aug 15 - 11:07 PM

Matt Carpenter left Wednesday's game against the Nationals after being hit by a pitch on his right hand.

Carpenter was hit in the hand by Matt Grace, and he left the game after being checked out by trainers. He's having a breakout season in 2018 with 33 homers, so this would be a potentially devastating loss for the Cardinals and those who have Carpenter on their fantasy roster. Stay tuned for an update.
Aug 15 - 10:49 PM

Luke Weaver will start Thursday's game against the Nationals.

Weaver was scratched from his start on Sunday because of a cut on his right index finger. Jack Flaherty, who was originally scheduled to start against Washington, will start on Friday against the Brewers instead.
Aug 15 - 6:04 PM

Cardinals optioned LHP Tyler Webb to Triple-A Memphis.

Webb made six scoreless appearances during his two-week stay in St. Louis, but he'll get the boot to open a spot for Brett Cecil, who has been activated from the 10-day disabled list following a bout with foot inflammation.
Aug 15 - 1:39 PM


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