Player News - Cardinals

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Jaime Garcia lasted just one inning Monday against the Reds, allowing two runs on four hits.

Garcia received another chance in the rotation after a nice relief outing last week, but this one wound up amounting to another relief appearance. He gave up a pair of home runs in the first and also showed no interest in holding baserunners, as the Reds stole three bases in the first and had another one overturned only after Jose Peraza slid off the bag. The Cardinals' bullpen wasn't any better, with Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver also getting knocked around. It will likely be either Garcia or Weaver on Saturday versus the Pirates, and neither option looks appealing right now.
Sep 26 - 11:59 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that Aledmys Diaz traveled to Miami on Monday to be with family and close friends following the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez.

Diaz was childhood friends and neighbors with Fernandez, who was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident. "That was a place he needed to be today," said Matheny.
Sep 26 - 7:10 PM

Matt Carpenter has been dealing with an issue to his right ring finger.

That explains his absence from Monday's lineup. It's apparently been a lingering issue, so the hope is that the rest will improve his symptoms. Not ideal with the Cardinals fighting to stay in the race. Greg Garcia will start at second base and bat leadoff Monday.
Sep 26 - 6:57 PM

Aledmys Diaz is out of the Cardinals' lineup Monday versus the Reds.

Diaz, who was childhood friends and neighbors with Jose Fernandez, was also out of the lineup on Sunday. The club will allow him to leave the team for Fernandez's funeral if he chooses to do so. Jedd Gyorko is playing shortstop Monday.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Sep 26 - 5:02 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in Monday's lineup against the Reds.

The Cardinals are fighting to keep pace in the Wild Card race, but Carpenter will take a seat Monday. Aledmys Diaz is also out of the lineup for the second straight day. Greg Garcia will start at second base and bat leadoff while Jedd Gyorko will play shortstop and hit seventh. Tim Adleman will start for the Reds.
Sep 26 - 4:57 PM

Jhonny Peralta went 1-for-4 and plated the Cardinals' lone run in Sunday night's loss to the Cubs.

His run-scoring single in the eighth inning got the Cardinals on the board, cutting their deficit in half at 2-1. That would be the extent of their offense though. It has been a disappointing and injury-plagued season for the veteran infielder who is now hitting .251/.298/.395 with seven homers and 25 RBI in his 75 games.
Sep 25 - 11:24 PM

Carlos Martinez logged a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Cubs, allowing just two runs on six hits over his six innings of work.

The right-hander walked four and punched out six on the night. He made it through the first four frames unscathed before David Ross belted a solo homer in the fifth inning. Addison Russell then tacked on an RBI double the following inning to complete the damage. Martinez has had an excellent season overall, compiling a 3.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 165/69 K/BB ratio over 188 2/3 innings. He'll take his final turn of the regular season on Friday against the Pirates.
Sep 25 - 11:19 PM

Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Sunday night's game against the Cubs.

It's unclear if Diaz was going to sit out anyways, or if manager Mike Matheny is giving him a day to grieve after his childhood friend and neighbor, Jose Fernandez, was killed in a tragic boating accident early Sunday morning.
Sep 25 - 4:54 PM

Matt Holliday (thumb) will not take batting practice this weekend.

He's going to meet with a specialist and hopefully try again Monday. Holliday has encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery from thumb surgery and is running out of time to make his return with only a week left in the regular season. The 36-year-old hasn't played since August 11.
Sep 24 - 6:28 PM

Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 and drove home four runs on Saturday as the Cardinals smashed the Cubs 10-4.

Molina got the scoring started with a two-run double in the first inning, then added on to the rout with a two-run single in the seventh. He has had a nice bounceback season offensively, slashing .300/.354/.413 with seven homers and 53 RBI.
Sep 24 - 4:51 PM

Alex Reyes earned his fourth victory of the season on Saturday, limiting the Cubs to three runs on six hits over his five frames.

The right-hander punched out six on the afternoon but also issued three walks and struggled with his command for most of the contest. He has been outstanding in his time with the Cardinals, compiling a 1.58 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 46/21 K/BB ratio across 35 innings. He'll look to extend that dominance when he does battle against the Reds on Thursday.
Sep 24 - 4:46 PM

Mike Leake lasted just 3 1/3 innings Friday, allowing five runs in a loss to the Cubs.

The Cubs jumped on Leake early with four hits, a walk and four runs in the first inning. It turned out to be all they needed, as Jake Arrieta overmatched the Cardinals. Leake had put up two straight quality starts, but this was obviously another step backward. He'll take an ugly 4.72 ERA into next week's start versus the Reds.
Sep 23 - 5:38 PM

Stephen Piscotty went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

He wasn't the only one, as the Cardinals managed just five singles and no runs versus Jake Arrieta and the Chicago bullpen. Piscotty has been in a tailspin over the last month, batting just .216 with one homer over his last 26 games.
Sep 23 - 5:23 PM

Matt Holliday (thumb) will take live batting practice again this weekend before being activated from the disabled list.

Holliday took live BP on Friday with no issues but the Cardinals want to see him do it once more before they return him to the active roster. It's unclear whether Holliday would be ready for regular at-bats right away upon activation. He's been out since early August with a fractured right thumb.
Sep 23 - 12:58 PM

The Cardinals have moved Luke Weaver to the bullpen.

Weaver really impressed in his first major league starts, but he allowed 12 runs -- six earned -- over 4 2/3 innings in his last two outings. The club was probably going to use him as a reliever should they make the postseason, anyway, so it makes some sense for him to get his feet wet out of the bullpen. Jaime Garcia is re-entering the rotation in Weaver's place.
Sep 23 - 12:56 PM


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