Player News - Cardinals

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Marcell Ozuna was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup for Wednesday afternoon's game against the Royals because he overslept.

The Cardinals had to send somebody to Ozuna's apartment to wake him up and he did not arrive at Busch Stadium until after the game had started. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny came to Ozuna's defense in his postgame presser, telling reporters that Ozuna "couldn’t be any more regretful for not being here today on time" and that the team would "move forward." But it's obviously a really bad look for a guy who's batting just .253/.295/.331 through 44 games in his first year with the club.
May 23 - 8:14 PM

Tyler Lyons (back) will be activated from the 10-day bullpen on Friday before the Cardinals' game against the Pirates.

Lyons will travel with the team, and then be activated for the series-opener against Pittsburgh. He's been out since May 9 with a mid back strain, and he's registered a 6.17 ERA over 18 relief appearances.
May 23 - 8:09 PM

Michael Wacha gave up four hits and two runs (one earned) over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Royals.

Wacha recorded six strikeouts and didn’t walk anyone. Seventy of his season-high 102 pitches went for strikes. The right-hander served up a solo blast to Salvador Perez in the second inning, then gave up another run in the sixth on Whit Merrifield’s sac fly to center. Wednesday marked Wacha’s third straight quality start. He’ll try to keep that streak going in his next outing Tuesday against Milwaukee.
May 23 - 5:32 PM

Francisco Pena accounted for two of the Cardinals’ six hits in Wednesday’s loss to Kansas City.

He drove in a run with a second-inning double, then reached on an infield single in the fifth. Pena’s two-bagger off Jake Junis was one of just two extra-base hits for the Cardinals, who combined to go 6-for-35 with 10 strikeouts against Royals pitching. The 28-year-old has been filling in for an injured Yadier Molina (groin) behind the plate.
May 23 - 5:31 PM

Carson Kelly (hamstring) will catch in a rehab game for Triple-A Memphis before possibly rejoining the Cardinals on Saturday.

Kelly will have a chance to catch star prospect Alex Reyes on Thursday in his 2018 Triple-A debut, and then hope to be back with the Cardinals on Saturday. Steve Baron will likely be sent back to Memphis if/when Kelly is ready to roll.
May 23 - 5:01 PM

Tyler O'Neill has been added to the Cardinals' starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals.

Marcell Ozuna got scratched. O'Neill, 22, boasts a .348/.385/.783 batting line with three home runs and seven RBI through his first 12 games at the MLB level. He'll hit cleanup and play left field on Wednesday.
May 23 - 12:45 PM

Marcell Ozuna has been scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday versus the Royals.

No reason has been given yet. Tyler O'Neill is now starting in left field and hitting cleanup against Kansas City right-hander Jake Junis.
May 23 - 12:43 PM

Tyler O'Neill is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Royals.

O'Neill went 1-for-4 with a single and three strikeouts on Tuesday night versus Kansas City after homering in three consecutive games. Harrison Bader is starting in right field on Wednesday, with Dexter Fowler again on the bench. Tommy Pham is in center and Marcell Ozuna is in left.
May 23 - 12:16 PM

Yadier Molina (groin) participated in a light on-field workout Tuesday.

Molina needed emergency surgery on May 5 after taking a foul tip to the groin and is still probably multiple weeks away from returning to the Cardinals' active roster. Francisco Pena will continue to handle the large share of playing time behind the plate in St. Louis until the eight-time Gold Glove winner is ready. Carson Kelly (hamstring) is making progress too.
May 23 - 9:42 AM

Luke Weaver fanned eight while allowing three runs over seven innings but took a loss Tuesday against the Royals.

Weaver needed just 88 pitches to navigate through his seven frames even with his eight punchouts, but a couple solo home runs and a two-out RBI double by the light-hitting Alcides Escobar did him in. The young right-hander has rebounded from a rough stretch with three straight good outings. It’s possible Weaver’s rotation spot could be vulnerable when Alex Reyes and Carlos Martinez are back, although he should have at least a couple more outings to prove he belongs. The first one will come in Milwaukee next week.
May 22 - 11:58 PM

Yairo Munoz singled in all four of his plate appearances in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

This was more batted ball luck than anything else, as Munoz didn't exactly scorch the ball all over the yard. Still, he'll take it after he had two hits in his first 20 at-bats at the major league level. Munoz is the Cardinals' best defensive option at shortstop with Paul DeJong (hand) out, but so far manager Mike Matheny has mostly opted for the more offensive-oriented Jedd Gyorko. Perhaps Munoz will get more chances after his showing Tuesday.
May 22 - 11:55 PM

Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with three singles Tuesday against the Royals.

Ozuna had a day off Sunday following a five-game hitless streak, but he's reached base three times in each of his last two contests since returning to action. They've all been singles, though, and he hasn't had an extra-base hit since May 11.
May 22 - 11:51 PM

Tyler O'Neill is starting in center field and will hit fifth against the Royals on Tuesday.

O'Neill gives Tommy Pham a night off. The 22-year-old rookie has been scorching with the bat since being recalled on Friday, and has three homers over his last three games to go along with a .583 average and six RBI in that time frame.
May 22 - 3:41 PM

Matt Carpenter finished 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored Monday in the Cardinals' defeat of the Royals.

Carpenter was one of the coldest hitters in the majors through the first seven weeks of the 2018 regular season, but he has now logged two straight three-hit games and he has 13 hits over his last 24 at-bats. The 32-year-old corner infielder is locked-in and worth adding again in mixed fantasy leagues.
May 21 - 10:59 PM

Tyler O'Neill hit his third home run in as many days as the Cardinals beat the Royals on Monday.

It was a three-run third-inning opposite-field blast off Royals starter Ian Kennedy. O'Neill also hit a run-scoring double in the bottom of the fifth, finishing the night 2-for-4 with four total RBI. He deserves to continue starting in right field over Dexter Fowler, who's slashing .160/.281/.292 this season.
May 21 - 10:53 PM


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