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August 4, 2020 06:00 PM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Lands on COVID-19 injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

DeJong was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday.

DeJong is one of many Cardinals who have been caught up in the team's coronavirus outbreak. He'll be eligible to return to action once he's symptom-free and produces a pair of negative tests. Whether that happens before the Cardinals are allowed to return to the field remains to be seen. The team's next scheduled game is currently set for Friday against the Cubs.

August 4, 2020 12:16 PM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Reveals positive test
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DeJong revealed Tuesday that he is part of the group of Cardinals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Cardinals are in the middle of a week-long stretch without any games as they try to determine how far their coronavirus outbreak has spread. DeJong will remain out until he's symptom-free and tests negative for the virus twice. Backup infielder Edmundo Sosa has also tested positive, but the Cardinals can slide Tommy Edman from third base to shortstop and start Matt Carpenter at the hot corner if they return to play before DeJong is ready to go.

July 25, 2020 08:52 PM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Collects two more RBI
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DeJong went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored during Saturday's 9-1 win over the Pirates.

The 26-year-old clubbed a clutch two-run homer during the eighth inning of Friday's opener, and he brought home two more runs during Saturday's contest. DeJong is 3-for-7 with three runs, four RBI and a walk over the first two games, and he'll look to cap off the series in style Sunday versus Pirates starter Mitch Keller.

July 25, 2020 01:52 AM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Slugs clutch homer
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DeJong went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Friday's victory over Pittsburgh.

DeJong belted a two-run shot to left field off Richard Rodriguez in the eighth inning for what proved to be important insurance runs in the Cardinals' 5-4 victory. The 26-year-old hit a career-high 30 homers last season and has averaged a healthy 24.6 long balls per season over the first three years of his career.

July 10, 2020 01:24 PM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Stars in intrasquad game
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DeJong drove in all four runs for his team in Thursday night's intrasquad game at Busch Stadium, Anne Rogers of reports.

The slugger, who's projected to typically hit out of the cleanup spot this coming season, drove in a pair of runs with a first-inning single and then added a two-run home run in the fourth and final frame of the game. DeJong has received praise from manager Mike Shildt for his consistent approach in every simulated game the Cardinals have played thus far, and Thursday's production was also encouraging when considering the shortstop hit an anemic .193 with runners in scoring position in 2019.

June 8, 2020 02:40 AM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Takes BP against teammates
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DeJong participated in workouts at Busch Stadium on Wednesday that included batting practice against teammates Adam Wainwright and Kwang-Hyun Kim, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

DeJong and Kolten Wong joined the two hurlers in a workout that observed all required social distancing guidelines. The slugging shortstop, who's been working out regularly during the shutdown, was able to field grounders in addition to getting his hacks in the batter's box as he continues to prepare for the possibility of an abbreviated 2020 regular season.

May 22, 2020 02:20 AM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Working out in St. Louis area
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

DeJong, who initially remained in Jupiter, Florida when spring training was suspended, has been working out regularly in the St. Louis area for some time, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Goold reports DeJong has regularly been able to incorporate fielding practice into his workouts, and it's likely he's also gotten hitting work done in some form. The 26-year-old swung a scalding hot bat during Grapefruit League play, hitting .464 (13-for-28) across 11 exhibitions before play was paused. His presence in the St. Louis area would seem to indicate DeJong will be among the players present for the small group workouts the Cardinals will be allowed to conduct at Busch Stadium beginning next week, and the slugger is among those eager to see proposed plans for a 2020 season come to fruition. "Baseball players want to play," DeJong said. "We're going to have to go out there. I think the game is bigger than all of this. We have to do everything we can to preserve the game in its most natural state. If this means a temporary season like this year where we have to try out some new measures, I'm all for it because I know I want to play."

April 10, 2020 07:08 PM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Proves worthy of cleanup spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

DeJong, who hit .464 (13-for-28) before spring training was suspended, proved himself worthy of manning the No. 4 spot in the order this coming season with his Grapefruit League performance, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

DeJong's aforementioned impressive batting average was largely comprised of a double, four home runs, eight RBI, two walks and seven runs, certainly lending credence to the notion he's ramping up for a big season. Hummel notes that DeJong has now been working closely with hitting coach Jeff Albert for a full year, a relationship that appears to be paying dividends after the shortstop hit just .233 in 2019, including .193 with men in scoring position. Resurgent seasons from both DeJong and No. 3 hitter Paul Goldschmidt would give the Cardinals one of the more formidable 1-2 punches in the majors at those critical spots in the order.

March 4, 2020 02:16 AM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Tweaks producing spring success
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

DeJong, who went 2-for-3 with a run in a Grapefruit League win over the Astros on Tuesday, is hitting .571 with a double, three home runs, seven RBI, a walk and five runs across his first six spring games.

DeJong's exhibition slate has been a rousing success early, as he now has a five-game hitting streak and homered both Sunday and Monday. Anne Rogers of reports the 26-year-old vowed to simplify his approach at the plate this season by focusing on laying off any pitches that are down and away, the culprit for many of his career-high 149 strikeouts in 2019. DeJong is hoping that by establishing a zone and sticking to it, he'll also improve his situational hitting after slashing an unsightly .193/.297/.277 with runners in scoring position last season, including slugging only one of his 30 homers with a runner on second or third base.

February 26, 2020 08:48 PM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Swinging hot bat early
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DeJong, who went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run in a Grapefruit League win over the Astros on Wednesday, also hit a three-run home run and drove in four runs overall in an exhibition loss to the Nationals on Tuesday.

The slugging shortstop has only logged six plate appearances through three spring games, but he's made excellent use of them. DeJong mustered career highs in extra-base hits (62) in 2019, including new high-water marks in doubles (31) and home runs (30). He drove in a career-best 78 runs, but he also produced a pedestrian .233 average, the lowest of his big-league career thus far. The timely hitting he's demonstrated over a small sample thus far in Grapefruit League play is a particularly welcome sight after DeJong hit just .193 with men in scoring position last season, and Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports manager Mike Shildt was particularly gratified to see it. "I want to see Paul hit with that runner at third, less than two outs, " Shildt said. "And today we got that situation. He got to two strikes and didn't try to do too much. What a fluid, pretty swing."

September 29, 2019 03:16 PM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Slugs 30th homer
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DeJong went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday.

DeJong got to the 30-homer threshold with his 416-foot solo shot in the eighth, his third round tripper over the last six contests. The power-hitting shortstop is scuffling outside of the big blasts in September, however, as he's hitting just .179 (17-for-95) since the calendar flipped from August.

September 25, 2019 01:04 PM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Heads to bench
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DeJong is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

DeJong will join a slew of starters on the bench Wednesday after playing all 19 innings during Tuesday's 3-2 loss, going 1-for-7 with a walk and two strikeouts. In his place, Yairo Munoz is starting at shortstop and hitting seventh.

September 23, 2019 02:08 PM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Goes deep again
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DeJong went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a win over the Cubs on Sunday.

DeJong made a notable contribution to the postseason-clinching win, knocking a 437-foot shot to left in the third to erase an early 1-0 deficit. The slugging shortstop isn't finding much success during a tough September at the plate (.195 average), yet eight (three doubles, five homers) of his 15 hits on the month have gone for extra bases, leading to a solid 12 RBI.

September 22, 2019 10:20 AM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Bombs game-winning homer
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DeJong went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 9-8 win over the Cubs on Saturday.

DeJong crushed his 28th long ball of the campaign in the ninth inning off Craig Kimbrel to go back-to-back with Yadier Molina and put the Cardinals back in front 9-8. The 26-year-old shortstop is hitting just .189 (14-for-74) in September, but his 11 RBI this month have still allowed him to set a career high at 76 for the season.

September 16, 2019 03:16 PM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Leaves yard in narrow loss
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DeJong went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

DeJong connected on his 27th blast of the campaign in the seventh with Marcell Ozuna aboard to erase a 2-1 deficit at the time. The slugging shortstop is hitting just .204 (11-for-54) in September, but the nine runs he's driven in during the month have pushed him to a career-high 74 RBI on the campaign.

September 14, 2019 02:48 PM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Rare two-steal game
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DeJong went 0-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run in a win over the Rockies on Thursday.

While he didn't partake in the Cardinals' offensive breakout -- in fact, DeJong was the only St. Louis starting position player that didn't hit safely in the contest -- the shortstop made a nice contribution for fantasy managers on the basepaths. Having come into 2019 with just one stolen base apiece in each of his first two big-league seasons, DeJong now has nine swipes on 14 attempts during the current campaign. Coupled with similar career-best marks in doubles (30) , home runs (26) and RBI (72), it's mostly been a banner season for the 26-year-old that even his career-high 127 strikeouts can't sully, considering he's still managed to drop his actual strikeout rate a full four percentage points from last season's 25.2.

September 8, 2019 11:00 AM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Plates two more in win
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DeJong went 1-for-4 with a two-run double, a stolen base and a run in a win over the Pirates on Saturday.

DeJong's seventh-inning two-bagger plated Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong to extend the Cardinals' lead to 8-1. The slugging shortstop has hit safely in six consecutive games and already has seven RBI over eight September games thanks in part to a pair of home runs in addition to Saturday's double.

September 6, 2019 01:36 AM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Goes yard again
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DeJong went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Giants.

DeJong took Logan Webb deep in the first inning to record his 26th homer of the season. He's now homered in consecutive starts, the latter of which helped him set a new career-best mark for homers in a season. Though he's hit under .230 since the All-Star break, DeJong has still managed to post 13 home runs with 34 RBI and 33 runs scored across 50 games.

September 5, 2019 01:28 AM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Smacks 25th homer
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DeJong went 2-for-5 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Giants.

DeJong tied his career-high mark for home runs in a season when he took Madison Bumgarner deep in the fourth inning for his 25th long ball of the campaign. While pedestrian in most other categories, DeJong has proven to be a reliable source of power through three major-league seasons by posting a .470 slugging percentage across 1,504 plate appearances. He'll look to end the season on a positive note, though he's hit just .226 in 50 games since the All-Star break.

September 1, 2019 10:44 AM
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Not in lineup for matinee
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DeJong is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds.

DeJong started both games of Saturday's doubleheader and will sit Sunday's matinee after going 1-for-8 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Yairo Munoz will start at shortstop and bat eighth in his absence.

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