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Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Demoted amid season-long slump
The Cardinals optioned DeJong to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
Since slugging a career-high 30 home runs in 2019 and earning an All-Star nod, DeJong hasn't come close to replicating that performance in the two-plus seasons that have followed. He was off to an especially brutal start to the 2022 campaign, having slashed just .130/.209/.208 with a career-worst 29.1 percent strikeout rate. The Cardinals will send DeJong down to Memphis with the hope that he finds his swing and recaptures some confidence at the plate, but at least for now, his time as the big club's everyday shortstop is over. Tommy Edman is expected to slide over from second base to play shortstop in the short term, while Brendan Donovan will be first in line to get a look as St. Louis' primary option at the keystone.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Notches steal Wednesday
DeJong went 0-for-2 with a walk, an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 10-0 win over the Royals.
DeJong is now 0-for-8 over his last three games, but he was able to do provide some value Wednesday despite not recording a hit. He walked, stole second and scored in the seventh inning before adding a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The shortstop still owns a lackluster .127/.222/.222 slash line with one home runs, three stolen bases, five RBI and six runs scored through 72 plate appearances. Utility man Brendan Donovan could challenge DeJong for playing time while Edmundo Sosa (illness) is on the COVID-19 injured list.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Not in Saturday's lineup
DeJong isn't starting Saturday against Arizona.
DeJong started in the last four games and went 2-for-15 with a run and five strikeouts. Edmundo Sosa will start at shortstop and bat ninth.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Remains out of lineup
DeJong isn't starting Monday's game against the Mets, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
DeJong has gone 0-for-9 with a walk and six strikeouts in his last three appearances, and he'll be out of the lineup for the third time in the last four games. Edmundo Sosa will start at shortstop and bat seventh.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Not starting Sunday
DeJong is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.
DeJong is 2-for-23 with 10 strikeouts in his past eight contests and will take a seat for the second time in the past three games. Edmundo Sosa will start at shortstop Sunday and could receive more opportunities if DeJong continues to struggle offensively. According to Katie Woo of The Athletic, DeJong also won't start Monday against Max Scherzer and the Mets as he attempts to make some mechanical adjustments to his swing.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Gets breather Friday
DeJong isn't in the lineup Friday against the Reds, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
DeJong started the last five games and went 2-for-16 with a double, two RBI, two stolen bases, a run, two walks and five strikeouts. Edmundo Sosa will take his place at shortstop and bat eighth.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Steals another base
DeJong went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI, a run and a stolen base during Tuesday's 5-1 win at Miami.
DeJong delivered his second stolen base in as many games, which is an early-season surprise given he entered the year with only 16 steals over his five big-league campaigns. Regardless, the 28-year-old has a .185/.313/.370 slash line through nine contests and will need to improve upon those numbers to retain a starting spot over Edmundo Sosa.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Swipes bag Sunday
DeJong went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Brewers.
DeJong's stolen base came after he got aboard on a fielder's choice in the fourth inning. It was the shortstop's first steal of the season. He's seen a starting role while hitting in the bottom third of the lineup, but he's posted a .167/.286/.375 slash line with a home run, two doubles, three RBI and a run scored through eight games. He'll need to do more with the bat to hold off Edmundo Sosa for playing time, especially with Tommy Edman hitting well and blocking Sosa's path to starts at second base.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Not in Friday's lineup
DeJong isn't starting Friday's game against the Brewers, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
DeJong started in each of the first five games of the season, and he hit .176 with a homer and two RBI. However, he'll get a breather while Edmundo Sosa starts at shortstop and bats eighth Friday.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Homers in win
DeJong went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in a 6-2 win Saturday against the Pirates.
DeJong's two-out, two-run home run in the fourth inning gave the Cardinals the lead for good. He walked and struck out twice in his other three plate appearances. After losing the starting shortstop job to Edmundo Sosa last season, the former All-Star was named the starter for 2022 after hitting .435/.536/.826 in 11 spring contests. The 28-year-old has hit sixth in the St. Louis lineup in both games to start the season.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Wins starting job
DeJong will be the Cardinals' Opening Day shortstop, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
DeJong lost his starting role to Edmundo Sosa last year amidst a down season which saw him hit .197/.284/.390. He had to win his job back this spring, but he's managed to do so, slashing .435/.536/.826 in 11 spring games. Sosa is still around and is ready to take the job back should DeJong stumble again, but DeJong should get the majority of the playing time to start the year.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Has edge as starting shortstop
DeJong is ahead of Edmundo Sosa for the starting shortstop job, John Denton of MLB.com
Manager Oli Marmol entered spring with the mindset that the starting gig at shortstop was Dejong's to lose. So far, DeJong is 1-for-5 with a run scored in three games in spring training, though Marmol has been satisfied with his hitting process if not the results. Both DeJong and Sosa are right-handed hitters, so it's unlikely this develops into a platoon, though the latter could also challenge Tommy Edman for playing time at second base.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Not starting Sunday
DeJong is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cubs, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
The 28-year-old started the past eight games at shortstop and hit .214/.258/.500 during that stretch, but he'll head to the bench for Game 162 now that Edmundo Sosa (wrist) is healthy. DeJong will enter the postseason in a reserve role for the Cardinals, barring another infield injury.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Belts 19th homer
DeJong went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's 8-5 win over the Cubs.
His two-run blast off Tommy Nance in the ninth inning capped the scoring on the day for the Cards. DeJong is taking full advantage of Edmundo Sosa's absence due to a wrist injury, going yard in back-to-back games including the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader, but on the year he's still slashing just .200/.288/.400 with 19 homers, four steals, 44 runs and 45 RBI through 107 contests.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Homers Friday
DeJong went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored during Friday's 12-4 win over the Cubs in the second game of the doubleheader.
DeJong was one of four Cardinals' players to hit a home run in the second game of Friday's twin bill after he took Michael Rucker deep to right in the third. The 27-year-old is slashing a lowly .185/.241/.444 with two homers, two RBI, three runs scored, a steal and 2:9 BB:K over 12 games this month as he's taken a backseat to Edmundo Sosa for the team's starting shortstop position. Sosa was banged up Friday after getting hit in the wrist by a pitch, which could afford DeJong some added playing time if Sosa is forced out with the injury.... See More ... See Less
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