Williams (neck) went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in Triple-A Memphis' win over Gwinnett on Saturday.
The recovering outfielder started and played the first four innings in right field before being subbed out. Williams is slated to put in at least one more rehab game with Memphis on Sunday before possibly being activated from the injured list when first eligible Monday.
Williams (neck) resumed baseball activities Wednesday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Williams has been on the injured list with neck stiffness since Saturday, but he was working in the outfield ahead of Wednesday's matchup against Cleveland. The 25-year-old will likely need to ramp up his activities before he's able to return to game action, but his participation in pregame activities is a step in the right direction.
Williams was placed on the 10-day injured list due to neck stiffness Saturday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Williams was on the bench in each of the last two games, and he's apparently dealing with an injury that will force him to miss additional time. It's not yet clear whether he'll need to spend more than the minimum of 10 days on the shelf, but John Nogowski was recalled by the Cardinals as part of a corresponding move.
Williams went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in a loss to the Dodgers on Monday.
The 25-year-old closed out May the same way he began it, leaving the yard for his fifth homer of the season overall. The round tripper was Williams' first since May 1, and the drought his multi-hit effort snapped was even longer -- he hadn't notched more than one hit in a game since April 19, a span of 32 contests.
Williams is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
Williams will sit Tuesday despite the Cardinals being without both Tyler O'Neill (finger) and Harrison Bader (ribs). Lane Thomas will get the start in left field for the St. Louis, with Tommy Edman moving from second base to right field.
Williams will start in left field and bat seventh Wednesday against the Pirates, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
Williams will cover left field for the second straight day, and he could at least be a strong-side platoon option at the position until Tyler O'Neill (finger) returns from the 10-day injured list. Through his 97 plate appearances on the season, the 25-year-old Williams is slashing .169/.289/.277 with three home runs and a 13.5 percent walk rate.
Williams is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates.
Harrison Bader's return from the 10-day injured list Thursday has resulted in Williams' run of regular playing time coming to an end. Williams will be on the bench for a third straight game to close out the weekend, and he looks like he'll be relegated to a fourth-outfielder role moving forward.
Williams went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Monday's 12-5 win over the Nationals.
His fifth-inning blast was one of five homers by the Cards on the night -- and the only one not hit off Joe Ross. Williams is getting consistent playing time with Tyler O'Neill (groin) and Harrison Bader (forearm) on the shelf, and he's been thriving, going 7-for-21 (.333) over the last seven games with his first two career homers, four runs and six RBI. O'Neill could be back as soon as this weekend, but Williams is making a strong case to remain in the lineup.
Williams went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Phillies.
Williams has served as the starting left fielder in each of the past four games with Tyler O'Neill (groin) and Harrison Bader (forearm) sidelined. He put the Cardinals on the board in the eighth inning of Friday's contest with a two-run blast, which was the first home run of his career. The 25-year-old should continue to see increased time in the starting lineup while O'Neill and Bader remain out.
Williams went 2-for-4 with a walk, three RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.
Williams has earned inconsistent playing time early on this season, but he'll be relied upon more in the absence of both Tyler O'Neill (groin) and Harrison Bader (forearm). He delivered Tuesday, recording his first multi-hit game of the season and also driving in his first runs of the campaign. Though Williams started the season 0-for-10 at the plate, he's since collected at least one hit in four of six appearances, improving his on-base percentage to .321.
Williams is expected to split playing time with Austin Dean in left field during Tyler O'Neill's (groin) stint on the injured list, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
Williams started Monday's game against the Nationals in left field for the first time this season after making his other seven appearances in right field. The 25-year-old entered Monday's start with a .111/.200/.111 line and seven strikeouts across 20 plate appearances, however, so he'll naturally have to boost his production at the plate to continue seeing an appreciable amount of playing time in that split with Dean.
Williams is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Williams is on the bench for a second straight day against a right-handed pitcher, signaling that he may have surrendered his strong-side platoon role in right field following an 0-for-10 start to the season. Tommy Edman will shift from second base to right field, opening up the keystone for Matt Carpenter for the second game in a row.
Williams is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
After sitting out against lefty Trevor Rogers in Monday's series opener, Williams will now remain on the bench against a right-hander (Sandy Alcantara) on Tuesday. The Cardinals won't have usual platoon mate Austin Dean replace Williams in right field; instead, Tommy Edman will get a turn in the outfield to open up a start at second base for Matt Carpenter.
Williams is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
With a lefty (Trevor Rogers) on the bump for Miami, Williams will take a seat in favor of platoon mate Austin Dean. Williams went hitless with five strikeouts in nine at-bats while starting all three games of the Cardinals' season-opening series in Cincinnati.
Williams went 0-for-4 while starting in right field and batting eighth Thursday against the Reds.
Williams made both the roster and starting lineup to begin the season with Harrison Bader (forearm) sidelined. He figures to start regularly against right-handed pitching early on, but he could lose playing time to Austin Dean or John Nogowski if he fails to produce.
Williams, who got off to a very slow start at the plate this spring, has seen his chances of sticking on the Opening Day roster increase due to both his play and the recent forearm injury to Harrison Bader, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports. "Williams has definitely done his part," said manager Mike Shildt, "especially recently."
The 25-year-old has been lauded for putting good wood on the ball as spring has gone on, with Williams boosting his exhibition average to .286 on Wednesday against the Mets courtesy of a two-run single in his only plate appearance. The outfielder's left-handed bat also works in his favor, considering the Cardinals are seeking more hitting depth from that side of the plate. Bader's injury, which currently projects to keep him out until at least late April, also gives Williams a potential inside track to opening the season as the starting right fielder even though an arbiter determined that he'll have a fourth minor-league option for 2021.
Williams will have a fourth minor-league option for 2021, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Williams and the Cardinals initially weren't sure whether the 25-year-old would have a minor-league option for 2021. However, St. Louis will have more flexibility with Williams this year, as an arbitrator granted the outfielder an extra option after he spent most of the 2020 season at the Cardinals' alternate training site. Even with his additional option, Williams should compete for the starting job in right field to begin the season with Harrison Bader (forearm) out at least four weeks.
Williams, who's battling for a reserve outfield spot in spring training, is hitting just .091 (1-for-11) with an RBI and a walk across his first five Grapefruit League games.
The 25-year-old has plenty of talented competition for a spot in the outfield rotation, as fellow prospects Dylan Carlson and Lane Thomas are considered to be ahead of him in terms of their chances of sticking on the Opening Day roster. Williams went 1-for-5 across his first three games of big-league action in a Cardinals uniform in 2020, but his spectacular .353/.437/.608 slash line across 119 plate appearances at Triple-A Memphis in 2019 and several other strong minor-league seasons at the plate while with the Rays organization render him an intriguing prospect the Cardinals appear willing to give a long look to this spring.
Williams was optioned to the Cardinals' alternate training site Monday.
Williams spent just under a week on the major-league roster as outfield depth, and he went 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts while appearing in three games. Dexter Fowler was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list and should serve as the starting right fielder going forward.
Williams will remain on the Cardinals' 28-man roster following Wednesday's doubleheader against the Brewers, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Williams was called up to serve as the 29th man for Wednesday's twin bill, going 1-for-3 in Game 1 and coming up empty as a pinch hitter in Game 2. He'll remain in the majors as outfield depth after Johan Oviedo was optioned to the alternate training site Thursday.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/02||@ LAD||L 3-14||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|06/01||@ LAD||W 3-2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/31||@ LAD||L 4-9||3||1||2||1||1||0||0|
|05/30||@ ARI||L 2-9||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/29||@ ARI||W 7-4||2||0||0||0||1||1||0|
|05/27||@ ARI||W 5-4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/26||@ CHW||W 4-0||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2013||AFX-South Bend Silver Ha||3||9||3||1||0||0||0||0||2||2||0||0||.111||.273||.111|
|2014||AFX-South Bend Silver Ha||28||102||16||29||6||3||2||23||7||23||0||1||.284||.348||.461|
|2015||AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro||99||387||43||110||25||2||7||42||13||76||3||1||.284||.308||.413|
|2015||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||23||83||8||20||5||0||0||6||1||14||3||1||.241||.250||.301|