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Adam Wainwright (abdomen) expects to make his Grapefruit League debut within the next 2-3 weeks.

Wainwright has been diagnosed with a minor abdominal strain and has been shut down for a few days. It was the best-case scenario, though, and he should be fine for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback. "The good thing is it doesn’t hurt so I can continue to throw off the mound and face hitters," Wainwright said. "I can throw live BP and just won’t field my position."
Feb 27 - 11:09 AM

Adam Wainwright has been diagnosed with an abdominal strain and will rest for the next 4-5 days.

Wainwright felt some discomfort in his abdomen earlier this week while placing a 45 lb. weight back on a rack at the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida and flew back to St. Louis on Thursday to meet with a specialist. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said the diagnosis of a strain is the "best news we could have gotten." Wainwright's elbow is the bigger concern heading into the 2015 regular season, but he can still be penciled in as the team's Opening Day starter.
Feb 26 - 1:04 PM

Randal Grichuk sat out of workouts Thursday in Cardinals camp due to lower back soreness.

He expects to get back on the field Friday. Grichuk will serve as an active fourth outfielder this season in St. Louis behind starters Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Jason Heyward. Peter Bourjos is also in the mix.
Feb 26 - 12:47 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) faced live hitters Wednesday for the first time this spring.

"Obviously, nobody’s command is what it’s going to be, but it was a really good day for Michael," said Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist. Wacha was limited to 19 starts in 2014 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder and carries lingering question marks into the 2015 campaign. But he'll be hugely valuable if he is indeed over that injury. The 23-year-old boasts a 3.04 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 159/52 K/BB ratio in 171 2/3 major league innings.
Feb 26 - 9:10 AM

Adam Wainwright said Wednesday that he's optimistic about the prognosis of his abdominal injury.

"Anything I say about it would just be speculation, I don’t think it’s very serious at all," Wainwright said. "I think we’re probably going up there and probably not going to see much of anything at all, but I don’t know that." Wainwright injured himself placing a weight back on a rack while working out. He's certainly saying the right things, but we'll know something closer to the truth Thursday after the right-hander visits a specialist in St. Louis.
Feb 25 - 11:35 PM

Free agent second baseman Mark Ellis has retired, he told the San Francisco Chronicle.

"It was definitely time," Ellis said. "My kids are getting older and I kind of realized it was time to do something else." The 37-year-old struggled to a .180/.253/.213 line in 73 games with the Cardinals in 2014. It was an unseemly end to a decent career, much of it spent with the Athletics.
Feb 25 - 11:00 PM

Kevin Siegrist (arm) threw an impressive round of live batting practice Wednesday in Cardinals camp.

"It feels good to be back and get into a groove here and just get ready for the season," Siegrist told reporters after the workout. He battled neck and forearm issues in 2014, winding up with a brutal 6.82 ERA in 30 1/3 innings. The hard-throwing southpaw registered a ridiculous 0.45 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 50 strikeouts across 39 2/3 innings in 2013.
Feb 25 - 4:19 PM

Adam Wainwright is dealing with abdominal pain and will fly to St. Louis on Thursday to see a specialist.

The pain has limited his workouts, but not his ability to throw. Still, the Cardinals want to know what their ace is dealing with. We should have a better idea about his status later this week. The Cardinals will have to cross their fingers for now.
Feb 24 - 1:54 PM

Pete Kozma is seeing work as an emergency catcher this spring, looking to fulfill the role vacated by the departed Daniel Descalso.

Kozma's best chance at making the Cardinals roster is as a utility man, so anything that he can do to improve his versatility is a plus. The 26-year-old spent the majority of the 2014 campaign at Triple-A Memphis where he slashed .248/.330/.372 with eight homers and 54 RBI in 117 games.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 22 - 7:03 PM

While he's preparing to be a starting pitcher, Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is open to pitching out of the bullpen if it's in the best interest of the Cardinals.

Garcia has dealt with a wide array of injury troubles in his career and is currently recovering from July surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in his pitching shoulder. There is no doubting his ability when healthy, evidenced by his career 3.50 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, but he's been limited to just 99 innings in total the past two seasons.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 21 - 10:58 AM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday in Jupiter, Florida that restructuring John Lackey's contract is not a front-burner issue.

Lackey is due just $507,500 in 2015 on a club option that was added to the end of his five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Red Sox following his 2011 Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals may throw some performance incentives on top of that MLB-minimum salary, but it doesn't sound like an extension is coming. "Obviously, the compensation for 2015 was attractive to us," Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "In terms of trying to change that structure, I don’t know if both parties are going to find there’s a very desirable reason to do that, considering the opportunities that might exist for him entering his free agent year."
Feb 19 - 9:19 AM

Peter Bourjos said Wednesday in Cardinals camp that he feels looser than ever following October hip surgery.

Bourjos had a disappointing first season with the Cards, batting just .231/.294/.348 with nine stolen bases in 119 games, but he feels like a new man after undergoing surgery for a hip issue that has bothered him since 2010. "I didn't have a whole lot of range of motion, but I didn't know any better," said the outfielder. "That was normal for me. Now that I have range of motion, I realize how restricted I was." He should get some starts in center field against left-handed pitchers in 2015.
Feb 18 - 5:47 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Phillies are demanding that Carlos Martinez be included in any potential trade package for ace Cole Hamels.

It's a justifiable demand, though the Cards seem to be balking at it for now. Martinez is currently the favorite to open the 2015 season as St. Louis' fifth starter. He owns a 4.28 ERA in 117 2/3 career major league innings, but the 23-year-old right-hander possesses sensational raw stuff and could be on the verge of a breakout. The Dodgers, Padres, and Red Sox are also thought to be seriously pursuing Hamels, who told USA Today on Wednesday that he wants to be traded to a contending team.
Source: USA Today
Feb 18 - 4:34 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday the team is going to meet later this week to discuss Carlos Martinez’s workload for this season.

Martinez is the favorite to win the fifth starter job in the spring, but he has never thrown more than 108 innings in a season before, so the Cardinals will almost certainly have him on an innings limit. "We’re toying with the expected workload," Matheny said. "But first things first. He’s got to come in and win a job. He won’t have anything given to him." With his excellent raw stuff, Martinez has a chance to make an impact in mixed fantasy leagues this season despite a smaller workload.
Feb 17 - 9:51 AM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw a bullpen session in front of Cardinals coaches Friday at the team's spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida.

It was the first time manager Mike Matheny had seen Wacha throw since the 2014 NLCS. "You usually use the term ‘bullish.’ That’s where he is," said Matheny. "That’s where he should be. This kid has something to prove. I know how motivated he is. Michael wants a different season. He just wants to be healthy." The talented young right-hander was limited to 19 starts last year due to a stress reaction in his pitching shoulder and he remains a major question mark for the Cards heading into 2015.
Feb 16 - 10:30 AM


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