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Cardinals' Rosenthal considering abandoning the windup
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal is considering ditching the windup this season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Rosenthal had trouble against the first batter he faced last season, and believes he may be able to get around that by pitching from the stretch. The idea has been discussed, but it's unclear if Rosenthal will follow through with it. 

He did stress that getting ahead of batters is his main goal this season. "Working ahead (in the count). Making quality pitches early in the count. These are the big goals for this year," he said. 

The 24-year-old posted a 3.20 ERA over 70 1/3 innings last season.

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Cardinals' Wacha learning how to deal with success and adversity
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha has had his share of ups and downs throughout his young career, which have included being a postseason standout to having been limited to 19 starts last season due to injury.

"It has been a crazy last couple of years," Wacha said, per MLB.com. "Honestly, I couldn't have imagined everything that's happened since I've been drafted. Just making the big leagues, it's obviously a dream come true."

Having experienced the highs and lows of Major League Baseball, Wacha has his supporters in St. Louis, including manager Mike Matheny.

"Yeah, he's had some success and he's had some adversity," Matheny said about Wacha. "He's a young player, but from the first time he was here, he's got a presence to him that seems like he's been around a lot longer. He's responded really well, and everything we've thrown at him, he seems to be ready for."

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Cardinals' Carpenter seeks to balance aggressiveness, patience
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hopes to combine the aggressiveness he displayed in 2013 with the patience he showed in 2014, MLB.com reports.

"I've had both extremes of it," Carpenter said. "I've had it where I've led the leagues in walks [2014], and I've had where I've led the league in hits [2013]. I'm trying to search for that perfect balance where you're aggressive, but you're still patient.

"In the postseason, I felt that I was more aggressive than I had been at any point in my career, but at the same time, I wasn't flailing at balls. I didn't lose anything. Now, it's finding the perfect balance to where I'm swinging the bat, I'm being aggressive, I'm trying to do damage, but at the same time, I'm a guy who can walk a lot, get on base and set the tone as a leadoff hitter. I think that's part of growing up as a baseball player. You learn and you adapt and you continue to try to figure out who you are as a hitter."

Carpenter homered four times during last year's postseason after hitting just eight home runs during the regular season, with his first two postseason blasts coming on the first pitch of his at-bats. He's looking to capture that approach more often this season.

"I think he's a smart enough guy to do it because he knows what he does really well," hitting coach John Mabry said. "That's what you take pride in -- those guys who put in all the work to get to where they are and then say, 'I'm not happy.' They want to put in the extra work to get to that next step, the next level."

Carpenter is looking to build off a 2014 season in which he hit .272/.375/.375 with eight home runs and 59 RBI in 595 at-bats.

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Cardinals' Carlos Martinez to pitch on Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez will get the start on Thursday against the Marlins, according to MLB.com.

Martinez is expected to throw around 40 pitches during the start. The club is hoping Martinez goes two innings. Martinez prepared for the start by throwing two simulated innings against the Cardinals on Monday. Martinez, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, said he just needs to go out and perform. 

"I need to go out and perform," he said. "I'm going to keep focused and have the same mentality to do my best even though it's the first [start]. Every time I take the mound, I'm going to feel like it's the last one."

Martinez, 23, posted a 4.03 ERA over 89 1/3 innings last year. 

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Cardinals' Wainwright (abdominal) throws off mound Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright was back on the mound Monday to throw his first bullpen session since being sidelined last week due to an abdominal strain, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright threw 30-40 pitches and mixed in his curveball.

"His arm feels good," manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com. "It's in a great slot. Everything is coming out nice. We just have to stay on top of it."

Monday marked the first time Wainwright was on the mound since the first official day for pitchers and catchers 10 days ago.

Matheny said Wainwright will have to face hitters in batting practice before being able to pitch in a game.

"My arm feels great," Wainwright said, per MLB.com. "My body is in the perfect position to throw the ball. It's getting better each time. … I was very happy with where my pitches were. I kept the ball down for the most part; that's what I was working on today, staying knees and below. I worked sides. I worked pitches. The changeup has come a long way. I'm going to throw more than one a game this year."

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGMatt Adams , 1B.288
HRJhonny Peralta , SS21
RBIMatt Holliday , LF90
OBPMatt Carpenter , 3B.375
SLGMatt Adams , 1B.457
RMatt Carpenter , 3B99
SBKolten Wong , 2B20
WAdam Wainwright , SP20
ERAAdam Wainwright , SP2.38
WHIPAdam Wainwright , SP1.03
KLance Lynn , SP181
SVTrevor Rosenthal , RP45

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