Nogowski (hand) could begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Memphis as soon as Thursday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Nogowski has been on the 10-day injured list since April 23 with a bone bruise on his left hand. Once he's reinstated from the IL, Nogowski will mainly serve as a right-handed pinch-hitting option off the bench.
Nogowski was placed on the 10-day injured list with a bone bruise on his left hand Friday.
The move was made retroactive to Tuesday, so Nogowski will be eligible to return next Friday, though it's not yet clear if he's expected to do so. He's done very little in limited action so far this season, going 1-for-12 at the plate. Tyler O'Neill (groin) returned from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt confirmed Sunday that Nogowski was awarded a spot on the team's Opening Day roster, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Nogowski received a brief cup of coffee with the Cardinals in 2020, but his inclusion on the 26-man roster to begin the 2021 campaign comes as somewhat of a surprise given that he's limited to first base and the corner outfield defensively. The 28-year-old was able to win a reserve role with St. Louis largely due to his booming bat this spring, as he went 11-for-31 with two home runs and a 9:3 BB:K in Grapefruit League play. Expect Nogowski to see most of his initial opportunities this season as a pinch hitter.
Nogowski went into Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros hitting .423 (11-for-25) with two home runs, 11 RBI, nine walks and six runs across 19 spring contests.
Nogowski has already made a seemingly airtight case to serve as Paul Goldschmidt's primary backup at first base, but Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports Nogowski has also been tried out in the outfield on several occasions this spring. Defensive versatility naturally helps his bid to secure a roster spot while competing with a field of multiple candidates that have put together a strong body of work during Grapefruit League play.
Nogowski, battling for a reserve spot this spring, went 4-for-4 with four RBI in a Grapefruit League win over the Marlins on Saturday.
Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports two of Nogowski's three run-scoring singles came with two outs, making his night at the plate all the more impressive. The success at the dish Saturday pushed the 28-year-old's spring average to .353 (6-for-17) and his RBI tally to eight, enhancing his bid to serve as Paul Goldschmidt's primary backup at first base while also potentially logging some time in the outfield as well.
Nogowski, who has a chance to win a reserve role on the Opening Day roster, slugged a three-run home run, drew two walks and scored twice over three plate appearances in a Grapefruit League win over the Mets on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old got his first taste of the big leagues in 2020 after a long minor-league career, going 1-for-4 in his one game. Nogowski enjoyed plenty of success at the plate over his time in the minors and is an excellent contact hitter, so he would appear to have a solid chance at securing the backup role behind Paul Goldschmidt at first base if he can acquit himself well enough during Grapefruit League action.
Nogowski was optioned to the Cardinals' alternate training site Monday.
He got just one start a couple weeks ago, going 1-for-4 with a strikeout, so Nogowski would probably benefit more from being at the alternate training site. Lane Thomas (illness) was activated in a corresponding move.
Nogowski was recalled from the Cardinals' alternate training site Saturday.
Nogowski started just one game for the Cardinals during his first brief stint with the team, but he'll return to the active roster Saturday. He should serve in a depth role after Max Schrock was optioned to alternate camp in a corresponding move.
Nogowski was optioned to the Cardinals' alternate camp following the first game of Monday's doubleheader but remains on the practice squad, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Nogowski was set to pinch hit in the seventh inning of Game 1 of Monday's twin bill but ultimately did not log an at-bat. The 27-year-old did start and go 1-for-4 in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the White Sox, which marked his first and only major-league regular-season appearance thus far.
Nogowski will make his MLB debut Sunday against the White Sox, starting at first base and batting ninth.
Paul Goldschmidt shifts to designated hitter to make room for the righty-hitting Nogowski to start at first base. The 27-year-old walked more (14.9 percent) than he struck out (11.7 percent) at Triple-A last year, but he has never logged an ISO higher than .182 in the minor leagues.
Nogowski was added to the Cardinals' active roster Saturday.
Nogowski should serve as depth at first base and in left field on the major-league roster while several Cardinals recover from COVID-19. He isn't starting in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox but should be available going forward.
Nogowski will be put on the Cardinals' 28-man roster when the team resumes their season following their COVID-19 outbreak, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Assuming the Cardinals get the green light to resume their season against the White Sox on Saturday, Nogowski will be called up along with Dylan Carlson, Seth Elledge, Ricardo Sanchez and Rob Kaminsky. Nogowski has primarily played at first base and left field during his minor-league career.
The combination of Nogowski's power and discerning eye at the plate could lead to him making the Cardinals' active roster at some point during the 2020 season, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
The long-time minor-leaguer is already in the 60-man player pool and comes into summer camp with a head of steam, having hit .295 or better in each of his last four professional stops. Moreover, Nogowski has displayed a penchant for elite contact rates and an above-average eye at the plate, traits that led to the 27-year-old posting on-base percentages of no less than .378 in each of those stints. Nogowski also slugged a total of 27 home runs across the 200 minor-league games he logged over the last two seasons between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, newfound power that only enhances his already-impressive toolbox. Given his versatile skill set at the plate, Saxon sees Nogowski having a legitimate opportunity of making his major-league debut at some point during the 2020 campaign.
Nogowski is part of the Cardinals' player pool that will report to summer camp July 1, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The 27-year-old's professional career dates back to 2014, but he seemed to have a reasonable chance at seeing his first big-league action in 2020 based on a .295/.413/.476 slash over 463 plate appearances with Triple-A Memphis last season. Nogowski will have a chance to make a case for a spot on the 30-man Opening Day roster in the three-plus weeks leading up to the start of the regular season, but he's more likely to continue his development with a pool of up to 30 non-active players throughout the season if he fails to make the cut.
Nogowski could see his first major-league action during an abbreviated 2020 season as a result of proposed roster expansion, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
Nogowski has a minor-league career that dates back to 2013, but at 27 years old, he's yet to log his first big-league plate appearance. The first baseman hit just .200 (5-for-25) with five RBI, five walks and three runs across 14 Grapefruit League games as a non-roster invitee before spring training was suspended, but Saxon sees him as "exactly the kind of player" that would be a candidate to fill in one of the extra roster spots expected to be afforded teams this coming season. Nogowski would be a natural fill-in at designated hitter or at his natural position, where he could be used to give Paul Goldschmidt and his troublesome elbow an occasional day off. Nogowski has lent credence to the notion he's likely ready to face arms at the highest level with his body of work in the minors over the last three seasons, a stint that includes an impressive .295/.413/.476 line with 38 extra-base hits (22 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs) and 75 RBI across 463 plate appearances at Triple-A Memphis in 2019.
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