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Yadier Molina left Wednesday's game against the Pirates with a right thumb sprain.

Trainers checked on Molina after he slid into third base in the second inning, and Tony Cruz pinch hit for him an inning later. The Cardinals said he will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Jul 9 - 9:28 PM

Kevin Siegrist (forearm, shoulder) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and said he's ready for a rehab assignment.

"I feel good," Siegrist said. "I'm ready. This has been no fun." The session was Siegrist's third pain-free session. He's been on the disabled list since May 24, so he still may not be ready for activation immediately after the All-Star break, but assuming things go well he shouldn't be out for too much longer.
Jul 9 - 9:21 PM

Kolten Wong hit a walk-off home run, the second in as many nights for the Cardinals, to defeat the Pirates 5-4 on Tuesday.

Those sort of theatrics are expected from Matt Adams, who hit a two-run walk-off shot on Monday, but it's more surprising from Wong, who had two career home runs in 223 at-bats heading into Tuesday's game. Wong also delivered a two-run double in the game, his second two-hit effort in three games since returning from the disabled list. The second baseman scuffled to a .238/.289/.351 line in an injury-plagued first half, and he'll look for better days in the season's second stanza.
Jul 8 - 11:50 PM

Oscar Taveras had the first multi-hit game of his major league career on Tuesday, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored against the Pirates.

Taveras singled and scored in the second inning before beating out an infield hit in the fourth. He's 5-for-20 (.250) in seven games since being recalled, and the top prospect is hitting just .200/.234/.300 overall. As he continues to adjust to major league pitching, those numbers should steadily go up in the second half.
Jul 8 - 11:43 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed four runs, all on home runs, on eight hits over six innings of a no-decision against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Martinez served up two-run blasts to Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen in the game, his first homers allowed since being converted to a starter. The right-hander also walked two while striking out six. The Cardinals offense bailed him out -- a novel concept these days -- to keep his record at 2-3, and he'll get one more shot at pulling even before the All-Star break when he faces the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday.
Jul 8 - 11:35 PM

Jaime Garcia will undergo thoracic outlet syndrome surgery on Friday.

The news was expected, but Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak made it official on Tuesday. Garcia will obviously be sidelined for the remainder of the 2014, but he's hoping to be ready for spring training. The left-hander is owed $9.25 million in 2015 but won't be guaranteed a spot in the rotation.
Jul 8 - 6:34 PM

Matt Adams hit the Cardinals' first walkoff homer since 2011 Monday in a 2-0 win over the Pirates.

Incredibly, the Cardinals hadn't had a walkoff since David Freese's in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. Adams also had the Cardinals' lone hit off Charlie Morton in the game, a first-inning double. The homer in the ninth off Justin Wilson came after Matt Carpenter walked to start the frame. It was Adams' 10th homer, seven of which have come in the 23 games since he returned from the disabled list.
Jul 8 - 12:29 AM

Adam Wainwright shut out the Pirates for seven innings, striking out five, on Monday night.

Charlie Morton matched him, so there was no win for Wainwright tonight. He's been awesome of late, allowing a total of two runs over 37 2/3 innings in his last five starts. Tonight's gem allowed him to overtake Johnny Cueto for the game's best ERA at 1.89.
Jul 8 - 12:25 AM

Starting over Oscar Taveras, Allen Craig went 0-for-3 against the Pirates on Monday.

Craig sat out back-to-back games last week, but he's started five of seven games since Taveras was recalled, which is the same number that Taveras has played. It doesn't make much sense for the Cardinals to continue to have the two split time, so we'll see how it shakes out. Craig did homer Saturday, but he's just 2-for-19 this month and 3-for-29 in his last eight games.
Jul 8 - 12:20 AM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) will rest for two more weeks.

An MRI on Wacha's shoulder on Monday showed healing, but not enough for him to begin throwing. The young right-hander is dealing with a stress reaction to the scapula bone in his right shoulder and he remains a major question mark for the second half.
Jul 7 - 5:59 PM

Tyler Lyons will pitch out of the bullpen for the Cardinals.

The assumption was that the Cardinals were calling up Lyons to start this week, but Joe Kelly (hamstring) will be activated to rejoin the rotation Friday against the Brewers.
Jul 7 - 5:50 PM

Joe Kelly (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list to start Friday against the Brewers.

Kelly, out since April with a severe hamstring strain, allowed just one run over 4 1/3 innings Sunday in his latest rehab start with Triple-A Memphis. He was originally expected to make one more start before being activated, but the Cardinals have decided to bring him back early. Tyler Lyons will head to the bullpen.
Jul 7 - 5:36 PM

Kevin Siegrist (forearm, shoulder) threw another bullpen session Monday.

It was his second bullpen session since landing on the DL in May. He's scheduled to throw another one Wednesday, which will likely clear the way for him to begin a minor league rehab assignment.
Jul 7 - 5:17 PM

Cardinals recalled LHP Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis.

Lyons will presumably step into the Cardinals' rotation for a spot start this week against the Brewers, but Joe Kelly (hamstring) could then take over the vacancy after that. Lyons owns a 5.19 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 66/23 K/BB ratio in 78 career major league innings.
Jul 7 - 3:36 PM

Cardinals optioned LHP Marco Gonzales to Triple-A Memphis.

Gonzales posted a rough 7.07 ERA, 2.29 WHIP, and 10/11 K/BB ratio over his first 14 major league innings (three starts). He has an impressive changeup, but the 22-year-old first-round pick from 2013 wasn't ready for the big time yet. Joe Kelly (hamstring) is expected to rejoin the Cardinals' rotation soon.
Jul 7 - 3:34 PM


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