Cardinals Rumors & News

  • Mets hang on in ninth inning to top Cardinals

    New York Daily News "It was a heart-pounding minute and 20 seconds. Terry Collins paced in the Mets dugout. Kyle Farnsworth just hoped. And catcher Travis d’Arnaud replayed it in his head. The catcher knew he had tagged Matt Carpenter, he just did not know if he had gotten him in time to prevent the game-tying run..." April 24

  • Wainwright OK after twisting knee

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The awkwardness of how Adam Wainwright’s knee bent when trying to field the ball in the seventh inning was not in the eye of the beholder but in the report from the Cardinals medical staff. Before his teammates could chuckle at his misstep, they had to take a breath. “Once I realized he was..." April 23

  • Waino is bueno, Cards topple Mets

    Viva El Birdos "Jon Jay gets another start in centerfield tonight, despite the expansive Citi Field outfield. With a groundball pitcher, Adam Wainwright, on the mound, and facing the right-handed Dillion Gee, combined with how well Jay has been hitting (or conversely, how poorly Peter Bourjos has been hitting),..." April 23

  • Mejia, Mets top Cardinals, 2-0

    New York Post "The blister that knocked Jenrry Mejia out of his last start didn’t slow him down any more than St. Louis did on Monday night. Sure, the Mets offense went into hiding again, fitting considering the new camouflage tops they donned. But Mejia was so good, it didn’t matter. He smothered the..." April 22

  • Denard Span’s sacrifice fly lifts Washington to 3-2 win over St. Louis

    Washington Post "Early Saturday evening, the ferocity of the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen forced Jayson Werth to reconsider the complexion of building a pitching staff. Ever since the Washington Nationals succumbed to them in the 2012 playoffs, Werth had been awed by how many flame-throwers the Cardinals..." April 21

  • Tyler Lyons will take Joe Kelly’s rotation spot

    Hardball Talk "The Cardinals have decided on a fill-in for starting pitcher Joe Kelly, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday afternoon with a strained left hamstring that he suffered Wednesday at Miller Park in Milwaukee while trying to beat out a groundball. According to Derrick Goold of the..." April 20

  • Rosenthal uses heat to help Cardinals subdue Nationals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Well before he reaches the mound to talk with a pitcher in duress, pitching coach Derek Lilliquist has an idea, based on the personality waiting there for him, whether he needs to “poke, prod, or pat on the back.” He had a good idea what he was going to say Saturday in the ninth inning to help..." April 20

  • Nats 3, Cardinals 1

    Nats Insider "On the heels of an atrocious performance Thursday night, Matt Williams challenged his players to return to the park Friday with renewed focus and desire. The Nationals responded in kind, delivering the kind of well-played ballgame Williams had been seeking all along. Gio Gonzalez and Michael..." April 19

  • Martinez will remain in bullpen — for now

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals intend to use a minor-league pitcher to fill in next week for injured starter Joe Kelly and leave aspiring starter Carlos Martinez and the under-construction bullpen undisturbed. That plan could change if Kelly’s absence is longer than expected. “If we needed somebody for an..." April 18

  • Wainwright, Cardinals shut out bungling Nats

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "It wasn't until the ninth inning that Washington managed to get a base hit out of the infield against Adam Wainwright. It didn't matter. The Cardinals' ace raced through the Washington Nationals' lineup on a chilly night as his teammates feasted on the error-prone Nats for an 8-0 victory at..." April 18

  • Joe Kelly goes on disabled list with strained hamstring "The Cardinals made a wave of transactions Thursday that will reshape their pitching staff while right-hander Joe Kelly is sidelined with a strained left hamstring. St. Louis placed Kelly on the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-handed reliever Keith Butler to Triple-A Memphis, and rookie..." April 17

  • Brewers turns tables on Cardinals to avoid sweep

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "After getting out-pitched in the first two games of their series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Milwaukee Brewers turned the tables Wednesday afternoon. With starter Wily Peralta turning in 6 1/3 strong innings and the bullpen doing its job as usual, the Brewers salvaged the series finale..." April 17

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    Cards Joe Kelly is coming out of game. Appears to have suffered some kind of leg injury trying to beat out that bunt.

  • Cardinals' pitching dominates Brewers

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals’ three-game series with the National League Central Division-leading Milwaukee Brewers this week promised to be a contest among the Nos. 3 through 5 starters of each club. Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha of the Cardinals and Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse of the Brewers were..." April 16

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    MLBRosterMoves @MLBRosterMoves

    The @Cardinals will activate INF Mark Ellis from 15-day DL; option INF Pete Kozma to Triple-A Memphis.

  • Lance Lynn needs little help in halting Brewers

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "However he does it, Lance Lynn wins. Whether it’s his Cardinals teammates scoring seven runs a game in his first two starts to overcome his own 6.55 earned run average, or whether it’s by his own dominance, which was on display Monday night as he overpowered the Milwaukee Brewers. In seven..." April 15

  • Redbirds' rain man shines again

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Neither rain, nor delay, nor pressure, nor glare of October lights keeps Michael Wacha from the usual swift completion of his assigned starts. The young righty has shown whatever the conditions, he can deliver. For the third time in as many starts this season, Wacha had an outing complicated..." April 14

  • Subs Jay, Descalso power Redbirds by Cubs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "How the Cardinals have positioned Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso — two stalwarts for three consecutive postseason runs – as understudies leaves them with a role complicated by irregular playing time and undesirable matchups. At least it’s familiar. A duo of Cardinals who gained a toehold in the..." April 13

  • Cardinals extend GM John Mozeliak's contract through 2018 "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has received a two-year contract extension, the club announced Saturday. This is the second consecutive season in which Mozeliak has gotten an extension and he was previously locked up through the 2016 season -- so now he's signed up through..." April 12

  • Cubs almost waste another Jeff Samardzija gem but beat Cardinals

    Chicago Tribune "For the first six innings Friday night, it looked like Jeff Samardzija would receive long-awaited and ample run support only with another team. The Cubs' offense finally broke through with three runs in the seventh and eighth innings while Samardzija held his own with seven innings of one-run..." April 12

  • Reds avoid sweep with 4-0 win in St. Louis

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds avoided a sweep here with a tidy, 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon. All it took was some power from Devin Mesoraco, some daredevil base-running and hits from Billy Hamilton and one fine outing by Mike Leake. The Reds have lost six straight series in St...." April 10

  • Cardinals back Lynn, rally past Reds

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "It is hardly the route that Lance Lynn sets out to take each game, nor is it what the Cardinals mean when they seek greater consistency from their third-year starter, yet there it was again Tuesday. The righty fell behind, slogged through the early innings, bought time for the offense to rally,..." April 09

  • Cards run down Reds in home opener

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When last the faithful at Busch Stadium saw young Kolten Wong there wasn’t a procession of trucks bringing players around to home plate or Hall of Famers there to greet them, and the only championship trophy present was the one slipping out of the Cardinals’ reach. Wong was picked off first base..." April 08

  • Pirates outlast Wainwright, Cards, 2-1

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The first batter Edinson Volquez faced this afternoon singled. The second one lined out hard to center field, and it looked as though Volquez might just be the pitchers the numbers last season said he was and not the better version of himself the Pirates believed he could be. Then Volquez..." April 07

  • Cardinals finally solve Liriano puzzle

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals got an early rally against the unlikeliest of pitchers, but it was an early move to a most reliable pitcher that spun those runs into a win. With the Cardinals clinging to a three-run lead Saturday and the tying run at the plate in the sixth inning, manager Mike Matheny called for..." April 06

  • MLB reviewing Matt Adams 'incident'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "While video of Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams shoving a fan in the stands during Thursday’s game went viral, leapfrogging from social media to broadcast media and back again, Major League Baseball also chose to review the event for possible discipline. An official confirmed that the..." April 05

  • Alvarez, Pirates thump Cardinals, 12-2

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The day likely will never come when Pedro Alvarez is referred to as a power/speed threat, but, for one game, he served as a passable facsimile. After hitting two home runs in his first two at-bats, Alvarez used his legs to score a run his third time up. That’s how the Pirates’ game went..." April 05

  • Cardinals weather the storm in Cincy

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As his players paced and pawed through the clubhouse Thursday, just killing time when not playing amateur meteorologists on their iPads, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny readied for a second lengthy rain delay in as many days. The Cardinals had an exhibition game rained out in the past week, two..." April 04

  • Heisey's walk-off avenges Reds' Opening Day loss to Cards

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Chris Heisey knew the St. Louis Cardinals brought right fielder Allen Craig in to make it a five-man infield. "But, to be honest with you, I was so focused on what I was doing that I didn't even see where we was standing," Heisey said. "In that situation, you're just trying to hit the ball..." April 03

  • Betting 101: How to safely bet early-season MLB action "Baseball is here, firing the starting gun on what is a marathon for bettors that stretches the spring, summer and fall. The MLB season is filled with peaks and valleys, however, if those valleys come too soon into the schedule, you won’t even have a shot at hitting those peaks. Navigating the..." April 01

  • Yadi rules as Cardinals win opener

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When the remainder of his teammates made their way from the dugout to the clubhouse after Monday’s season opener, Adam Wainwright was there to shake hands, exchange congratulations and hear one teammate’s version of the final score. “Yadi wins,” someone, possibly quipster Matt Holliday,..." April 01

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    Jenifer Langosch @LangoschMLB

    Here is your St. Louis opening day lineup.

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    Jenifer Langosch @LangoschMLB

    #STLCards have still not announced whether Mark Ellis will need to begin the season on DL. He is not participating fully in current workout.

  • Report: Drug policy changes will bar players from postseason, even if they’ve served their suspensions

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, when looking at reports of the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement, I said that the increased penalties and testing protocols didn’t seem draconian. The latest report on the changes could change my mind about that. Christine Brennan reports that the policy — not yet finalized – will..." March 29

  • Tony Clark officially voted in as Executive Director of the MLBPA

    Hardball Talk "Back in December the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association appointed Tony Clark as the head of the MLBPA. It was announced via press release today that the players have ”overwhelmingly confirmed” the appointment. This comes as no surprise, of course, even if it is now..." March 27

  • MLB working toward new PED deal, would increase suspensions "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward increasing penalties for players caught using performance-enhancing drugs while also decreasing penalties for players testing positive unintentionally, the Associated Press reports. The AP report notes that now a first..." March 26

  • Cards trim roster by three, narrowing 'pen options "With three more roster cuts on Sunday, the Cardinals brought additional clarity to a bullpen competition that is now down to three. Left-handed reliever Sam Freeman, along with outfielder Joey Butler, was optioned to Triple-A for the final week of Spring Training. Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz..." March 23

  • Cards' Ellis is back but he won't beat out Wong

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Mark Ellis got the start at second base for the Cardinals Saturday here after missing seven games with a left knee ailment. The veteran, who was a regular with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, was signed at $5.25 million for one year to challenge rookie Kolten Wong for a starting job this..." March 23

  • Motte clears major mental hurdle in second live BP session since Tommy John surgery

    Fox Sports Midwest "Cardinals right-hander Jason Motte is finding out that returning from Tommy John surgery requires patience as much as a good surgeon. The process can take upwards of 12 to 18 months, and includes baby step after baby step. Still less than 11 months since his surgery, Motte cleared another..." March 18

  • Matheny: Taveras should seek 'urgency to get better'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The head start the Cardinals planned to give outfielder Oscar Taveras toward his major-league debut stalled this month before it even started, and because the club’s top prospect wasn’t healthy, his development has been delayed. Two officials referred to his health as “a roadblock.” “I..." March 15

  • Cardinals send stud prospect Oscar Taveras to the minors

    Hardball Talk "Oscar Taveras‘ recovery from last year’s ankle surgery has gone much more slowly than expected and has recently led to hamstring problems as well, and today the Cardinals optioned the 22-year-old stud outfield prospect to minor-league camp. That means Taveras will begin the season at..." March 13

  • Oscar Taveras still out, probably won't make team

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Prized outfield prospect Oscar Taveras, who had right ankle surgery last season, is sidelined indefinitely with a tight hamstring in the same leg. And Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Taveras won't come north with the team if he can't show he can be 100 percent and play appreciably by the end..." March 11

  • Cardinals re-sign K Jay Feely to one-year deal "Cardinals kicker Jay Feely is staying in Arizona. Feely took to Twitter on Monday to announce that he's re-signed with the Cardinals. The 37-year-old has been with the team since 2010. Feely was set to become a free agent on Tuesday, but he avoided that by signing his new deal. The new contract..." March 10

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Diaz deal with #STLCards is $8M for four years.

  • Cardinals sign Cuban infielder Aledmys Diaz to a four-year major league contract

    Hardball Talk "As first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cardinals have agreed to a major league contract with Cuban infielder Aledmys Diaz. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that it’s a four-year deal. Diaz will arrive at Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Florida on Monday morning. No word on the..." March 09

  • Garcia: 'This is the opposite of a setback'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia will leave for Birmingham, Ala., Monday to visit the Andews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, founded by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews. But Garcia, who has had a recurrence of shoulder discomfort in spring training, said this is not a bad thing. Garcia..." March 09

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    Jenifer Langosch @LangoschMLB

    #STLCards to be cautious with Oscar Taveras for a few days after he notified staff of right hamstring tightness on Saturday.

  • Cardinals sign Carpenter to 6-year extension "St. Louis Cardinals leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter has signed a six-year contract extension worth $52 million, according to multiple media reports. The Cardinals have not confirmed the deal but have scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. ET on Saturday morning from their spring training..." March 09

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Matt Carpenter’s deal with #STLCards, if completed, will be for six years. Two sides “very close.” Talks first reported by @dgoold.

  • Cardinals' Peter Bourjos being held out of games with 'leg tightness' "The Cardinals are holding outfielder Peter Bourjos out of action for at least one more day with tightness in his right leg, reports's Jenifer Langosch. He alerted the team to the problem after Sunday's game and he has not played since. "They're testing him out," said manager Mike..." March 06