Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

Francisco Pena has elected free agency.

He declined an outright assignment from the Cardinals and will now seek employment elsewhere.
Nov 1 - 10:16 PM

Cardinals activated RHP Michael Wacha from the 60-day disabled list.

Wacha didn't throw another pitch after experiencing a severe left oblique strain, and there was a setback in September. The right-hander showed flashes of what made him such an intriguing hurler when he was healthy in 2018, however, and he's an intriguing option for the 2019 season, assuming full health.
Nov 1 - 10:13 PM

Cardinals activated RHP Alex Reyes from the 60-day disabled list.

Reyes is expected to begin his throwing program in early 2019 after needing surgery to repair a torn right lat muscle in June. The top pitching prospect in the St. Louis system, he's flashes brilliance, but he's seen two straight years come to end with serious arm injuries. He is expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2019 season, and there's tremendous upside still in his right arm.
Nov 1 - 10:11 PM

Cardinals activated RHP Luke Gregerson from the 60-day disabled list.

Gregerson was placed on the 60-day disabled list over the summer due to inflammation in his right shoulder that didn't improve. He's due $5 million, and if healthy, he should get a chance to pitch as a set-up man in 2019.
Nov 1 - 10:08 PM

Cardinals activated RF Dexter Fowler from the 60-day disabled list.

Fowler was transferred from the 10-day to 60-day disabled list in August after fracturing his left foot in early August. He's due $16.5 million over the next three years, and will attempt to win a corner outfield spot with the Cardinals -- assuming he's healthy.
Nov 1 - 10:06 PM

Marcell Ozuna will undergo a cleanup procedure on his right shoulder Tuesday in Los Angeles.

It's odd that this surgery didn't already happen, as the Cardinals haven't played a game in a month and Ozuna battled right shoulder discomfort throughout the 2018 regular season. But he is expected to be ready for the start of spring training next February and the 27-year-old outfielder could be a good bounceback candidate in fantasy leagues given better health. He's due to become a free agent next winter.
Oct 30 - 5:09 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Adam Wainwright's one-year contract with the Cardinals is worth $2 million plus incentives.

The deal has incentives built in both for starting and relieving, so Wainwright will have a chance to earn quite a bit more if he stays healthy and remains on the roster, regardless of what role he's in. He will enter spring training with a shot to land a rotation spot but could ultimately wind up in the bullpen.
Oct 29 - 5:31 PM

The Cardinals have named Triple-A Memphis manager Stubby Clapp as their new first base coach and Jeff Albert as their new hitting coach.

Clapp will replace Oliver Marmol, who is set to switch to being Mike Shildt's bench coach in 2019. Albert has history with the Cardinals, but most recently served as the assistant hitting coach with the Astros. He'll replace George Greer, who will shift into a minor league role.
Oct 29 - 12:06 PM

Yadier Molina will be presented with the Roberto Clemente Award, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Molina, who has been active in aiding his native Puerto Rico since the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, becomes the third Cardinal to claim the honor in the last 11 years, joining Albert Pujols and Carlos Beltran. According to MLB, the Clemente Award "is given to the player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field."
Oct 24 - 3:16 PM

Alex Reyes (lat) is expected to begin a throwing program in about six or seven weeks.

Reyes needed surgery to repair a torn right lat muscle back in June, after making just one regular-season start for the Cardinals. He'll be eased along carefully in spring training, but the expectation is that the ultra-talented 24-year-old right-hander will be ready for the beginning of the 2019 season. Reyes, who's logged only 50 major league innings since debuting in 2016 due to arm injuries, will presumably get another shot at a rotation spot. He holds a shiny 1.44 career ERA.
Oct 17 - 11:00 AM

Marcell Ozuna will meet with a specialist in Los Angeles later this month to determine the next course of treatment for his right shoulder.

Ozuna dealt with shoulder discomfort throughout the 2018 season and often looked hesitant on throws from the outfield. He's not expected to require surgery, as that almost certainly would have already taken place. The 27-year-old will be looking to rebound in 2019 -- a contract year for him -- after mostly disappointing in his first season with St. Louis. He finished with a .758 OPS, 23 home runs, and 88 RBI in 148 games, after putting up a .924 OPS with 37 homers and 124 RBI in 159 games with the Marlins in 2017.
Oct 16 - 5:02 PM

Jose Oquendo will not return to the Cardinals' coaching staff in 2019.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Oquendo will continue on with the organization with a position in Jupiter, Florida. With Oquendo moving on, Pop Warner will serve as the third base coach while Oliver Marmol will switch from first base coach to bench coach under Mike Shildt. Mark Budaska will remain as assistant hitting coach while hitting coach George Greer will shift into a minor league role. This means that the Cardinals will look for a main hitting coach.
Oct 16 - 12:49 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt expects Carlos Martinez to return to a starting role in the spring.

After dealing with arm and side issues, Martinez finished the season in the bullpen and reeled off five saves down the stretch, but all involved see the value in him returning to a starting role following an offseason conditioning program. "I think the front office and everybody would like to see him show up in spring training as a starter. I like those sentiments," said Shildt. It's the smart play, as Martinez has the track record to suggest he can provide immense upside if he returns to full health. As for the Cardinals' closer role, the situation is unsettled at the moment, but Jordan Hicks probably deserves to be considered the favorite.
Oct 15 - 11:10 AM

Cardinals re-signed RHP Adam Wainwright to a one-year contract.

No word yet on the financial terms of the deal, but it figures to be pretty team-friendly. Wainwright made only eight starts for the Cardinals in 2018 due to right elbow problems and finished with a 4.46 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 40 1/3 innings. The 37-year-old holds a combined 4.77 ERA in 362 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2016 season. 2019 will be his 15th year with St. Louis.
Oct 11 - 1:27 PM

Tyler Lyons has elected to become a free agent.

Lyons struggled with an 8.64 ERA over 27 relief appearances with the Cardinals this season while dealing with back and elbow issues. The 30-year-old has been effective in the past and could make sense as a buy-low assuming he's healthy.
Oct 8 - 11:07 AM


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