Player News - Cardinals

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Carlos Martinez was given permission to leave the team Friday to deal with a civil lawsuit he's facing in South Florida.

The issue was brought to the Cardinals' attention on Thursday and Martinez was given permission to leave shortly after. Martinez is already back with the club but based on the allegations made, this could be something that falls under the league's new domestic violence policy. As of now, the league has not contacted the Cardinals about any pending disciplinary action. Martinez will start as planned Sunday against the Nationals.
Apr 30 - 9:17 PM

Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with a double as the Cardinals fell to the Nationals on Saturday afternoon.

Molina has had a resurgence at the plate in the first month of the 2016 season, slashing .341/.426/.451 with no homers and 10 RBI. He is once again looking like one of the top offensive performers at his position in the league.
Apr 30 - 5:25 PM

Jaime Garcia was dealt his second loss of the season on Saturday, surrendering four runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings against the Nationals.

Garcia racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon while walking three. All of the damage against him came in the very first inning, where Daniel Murphy delivered an RBI single and Jayson Werth followed with a three-run bomb. He settled in nicely afterwards and kept the Nats at bay the rest of the afternoon, but the damage had already been done. He'll carry a 3.73 ERA and 1.15 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Phillies.
Apr 30 - 5:23 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Friday that he expects Jhonny Peralta (thumb) to begin a minor league rehab assignment around May 21.

With that timetable in mind, Mozeliak noted that Peralta would likely need about a week's worth of games before he's ready to rejoin the Cardinals. Barring any setbacks, he could be looking at a return to the big league roster during the first week of June.
Apr 30 - 1:13 PM

Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against the Nationals.

Ruben Tejada will start in his place and bat seventh against opposing right-hander Joe Ross. Diaz, who is hitting a ridiculous .420/.452/.739 with four homers and 13 RBI on the season, should return to the lineup on Sunday.
Apr 30 - 11:24 AM

Stephen Piscotty is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.

It's nothing more than a day of rest for Piscotty. Brandon Moss and Matt Holliday are starting in the outfield corners while Matt Adams draws the start at first base. Piscotty should return to the lineup for Sunday's series finale.
Apr 30 - 11:07 AM

Mike Leake struggled again Friday, allowing five runs over seven innings in a loss to the Nationals.

Leake gave up four runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer by Danny Espinosa. He struck out two and walked one in the loss. Signed to a five-year, $80 million deal over the winter, Leake is 0-3 with a disappointing 5.83 ERA through five starts. He’ll try to get in the win column next week against the Phillies at home.
Apr 30 - 12:15 AM

Matt Adams went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Friday’s loss to the Nationals.

Adams did most of the heavy lifting for the Cardinals’ offense on Friday, with an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run blast in the eighth inning. Despite his best efforts, St. Louis ended up falling one run short. Adams has mostly struggled in sporadic playing time this season, batting .238/.289/.429 over 22 games. He’s no longer on the radar in mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 30 - 12:14 AM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

It's his second day off of the season. Eric Fryer is starting behind the dish. The Cards also have Matt Adams at first base over Brandon Moss and Jedd Gyorko at second base over Kolten Wong.

Jeremy Hazelbaker was checked for a possible oblique injury during Wednesday's game, but he took batting practice Thursday and said he was "good to go."

Hazelbaker looked to stretch out his back/oblique after a swing in the eighth inning Wednesday. Although he insists he's fine, it's notable because he was not among the many left-handed bats the Cardinals started Thursday. Keep an eye on this, as it wouldn't be a surprise if Hazelbaker were attempting to hide an injury here given his situation.
Apr 29 - 12:45 PM

Matt Carpenter went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

As a team, the Cardinals managed just three hits on the evening, so Carpenter shouldn't feel too bad for his struggles. He is slashing .241/.394/.456 with three homers, four doubles, a pair of triples and 16 RBI over hits first 79 at-bats.
Apr 29 - 12:16 AM

Michael Wacha couldn't quite pick up the win in Thursday's defeat at the hands of the Diamondbacks, surrendering three runs on five hits over seven innings.

It was a fine start for Wacha overall, but he couldn't match the superlative De La Rosa, who tossed seven shutout innings. For his part, Wacha struck out nine, walked two and allowed a pair of homers. Chris Herrmann burned him for a two-run shot in the second inning and Brandon Drury smacked a solo homer in the fourth. Wacha will carry a 3.07 ERA and 1.33 WHIP (five starts, 29 1/3 innings) into his next start, a home jaunt against the Phillies.
Apr 29 - 12:11 AM

Randal Grichuk is not in Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

He'll sit against right-hander Rubby De La Rosa. Stephen Piscotty will make his second career start in center field while Brandon Moss plays right. It's unclear what this means as far as Jeremy Hazelbaker's availability.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Apr 28 - 4:54 PM

Cardinals OF prospect Harrison Bader ripped four hits Wednesday in a victory for Double-A Springfield.

It's been a productive year for Bader, who now has eight multi-hit games in only 18 appearances. Wednesday's game alone raised his average 35 points from .303 to .338. The 21-year-old is still striking out a lot—he's whiffed 22 times in 71 at-bats this season—but the rest of his stats are right where they need to be. The Cardinals selected Bader in the third round of last year's draft following a successful college career at the University of Florida.
Apr 28 - 12:46 PM

Brayan Pena (knee) expects to resume most baseball activities next week.

Pena is now 23 days removed from surgery to remove loose cartilage from his left knee. The initial timetable was a month to six weeks. "Hopefully, next week I can go out there and start running on the field and taking some batting practice," the veteran catcher told Brian Stull's STL Baseball Weekly. "After that, it would be a decision for our training staff to see where we’re going from there." Pena signed a two-year, $5 million free agent contract with the Cardinals this offseason to serve as Yadier Molina's backup. Eric Fryer has been filling in.
Apr 28 - 8:11 AM


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