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September 16, 2020 04:08 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Dropped from active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals optioned Thomas to their alternate training site Wednesday, Anne Rogers of reports.

St. Louis will swap Thomas from the active roster for infielder Max Schrock, who was called up ahead of Wednesday's doubleheader with Milwaukee. Thomas filled a part-time role out of the Cardinals outfield following his Aug. 31 reinstatement from the COVID-19 injured list, going 4-for-33 with a home run while appearing in 14 games.

September 10, 2020 11:16 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Connects on first 2020 homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run during a 12-2 win over the Tigers in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader.

His blast off Joe Jimenez put the capper on a seven-run third inning that blew the game open, and gave Thomas his first homer of the year. Through nine games since rejoining the Cards' roster, he's now gone 4-for-23 (.174).

September 7, 2020 01:44 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Out after three straight starts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Thomas had started three straight contests and five of the last six games, but he'll take a seat Monday with the Cardinals rolling out an outfield of Tommy Edman, Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill. Bader and O'Neill are seemingly most at risk of losing out on playing time, but top prospect Dylan Carlson likely ranks ahead of Thomas in the pecking order for regular run in the St. Louis outfield. Thomas hasn't helped his case by going a modest 3-for-18 at the plate since being reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list in late August.

September 2, 2020 02:04 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Doubles in first start back
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Thomas went 1-for-5 with a double, a walk and a run in a win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Thomas was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday, and he walked during one plate appearance as a defensive replacement in that night's victory over Cincinnati. Tuesday therefore marked Thomas' first start since July 26, and although the young outfielder wasn't able to contribute much to the Cardinals' 16-run outburst, his two-bagger marked his first extra-base hit of the campaign.

August 31, 2020 05:04 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Activated from IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list prior to Monday's game against the Reds.

He went hitless in three at-bats across four games before landing on the IL back in late July. Thomas will likely work as a reserve outfielder over the rest of the season.

August 25, 2020 08:00 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Reporting for workouts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas (illness) cleared the league's COVID-19 protocols and will report to the alternate training site, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

The 25-year-old has been away from the club since testing positive for COVID-19 in early August, but he's now able to resume organized workouts. It's unclear how long Thomas will require to reach game readiness, and he'll likely fill a reserve role upon his activation.

August 20, 2020 11:44 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Next phase of return on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas (illness) is expected to enter the second phase of the re-entry process for gaining clearance to resume baseball activities during the early portion of the team's upcoming 11-day, 12-game homestand, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Thomas has reportedly been asymptomatic during his bout with the coronavirus. The young outfielder will need to produce two negative COVID-19 test results spaced at least 24 hours apart in order to officially enter the second phase of the re-entry process, which will include a cardiac evaluation and blood test for antibodies. If Thomas is able to clear all of those protocols, he'll be able to resume baseball activities as the next step toward eventual activation.

August 16, 2020 10:20 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Heads to IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals placed Thomas (illness) on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday.

Thomas' move to the IL was just procedural, as the outfielder was already revealed to have tested positive for the coronavirus back on Aug. 9. The Cardinals selected first baseman John Nogowski's contract from their alternate training site to fill Thomas' spot on the 40-man and 28-man active rosters.

August 10, 2020 04:28 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Tests positive for COVID-19
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas has tested positive for COVID-19, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

The Cardinals continue to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak within their organization, and Thomas' positive test brings the team's total to 10 players and seven staffers. The team's upcoming series against the Pirates has been postponed, and the 24-year-old won't be allowed to rejoin the team until he produces two negative COVID-19 tests.

July 22, 2020 05:12 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Projected to start on bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas will seemingly begin the regular season as the fourth outfielder according to comments from manager Mike Shildt following Sunday's intrasquad game, Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Shildt appeared to confirm his starting outfield to begin the season will consist of Tyler O'Neill, Harrison Bader and Dexter Fowler (back) left to right, which naturally leaves Thomas out of the equation for the time being. Thomas did not force Shildt's hand sufficiently in Grapefruit League play or summer camp. The 24-year-old is just 3-for-11 with five strikeouts in summer camp game action overall, although Frederickson makes a case for Thomas potentially muscling his way into at least a timeshare with O'Neill in left field if the former can put together a surge over the last few days before the regular season. Meanwhile, Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suggests Shildt could get creative with Thomas' opportunities by utilizing the speedy 24-year-old in pinch-running situations and subsequently keeping him in the game as a defensive replacement. The Cardinals' skipper recently noted what he sees as Thomas' ability to churn out productive at-bats off the bench and even potentially serve as the designated hitter on occasion.

July 1, 2020 01:44 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Still in thick of job battle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas is expected to start the team's upcoming summer camp as a primary contender for the starting left field job, Anne Rogers of reports.

Thomas was considered to be in a tight battle with Tyler O'Neill for the top spot in left when spring training was suspended, as he'd closed the gap with a pair of home runs and five RBI in the four games prior to play being paused. Rogers notes the team "affirmed its intent" to give Thomas and O'Neill the first chance to make their case for the spot once summer camp begins, although elite prospect Dylan Carlson does loom large behind the duo and could certainly be a factor at some point this coming regular season.

May 4, 2020 05:56 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Well regarded by organization
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas, who was making significant strides when spring training was suspended, is highly regarded by organizational instructor Bernard Gilkey and assistant coach Willie McGee, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "He's sneaky good. He's one of those guys that when the game's over, they're saying, 'Who was that guy?'," McGee said. "We haven't seen enough of him. But (instructor) Bernard Gilkey has seen a lot of him and 'Gilk' loves him."

Those are a pair of hefty endorsements for a young outfielder, but they're well-earned by Thomas. Anne Rogers of previously reported the 21-year-old was gaining on Tyler O'Neill for the left field job before spring training was paused, leaving open the possibility Thomas could have stuck on the Opening Day roster. With the strong chance the 2020 minor-league season is cancelled altogether and big-league rosters expected to be expanded significantly, Thomas seems like a good bet to spend the bulk of the season on the active roster.

March 22, 2020 10:44 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Trending up prior to pause
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas, who had two home runs and five walks across his last four exhibitions before spring training was suspended, is pushing Tyler O'Neill for the starting left field job, Anne Rogers of reports.

Meanwhile, O'Neil struck out 14 times in 32 Grapefruit League at-bats, an extension of the contact issues he's frequently battled in the early stages of his major-league career. Thomas impressed last season during his initial big-league cup of coffee, slashing .316/.409/.684 across 44 plate appearances over 34 games. Meanwhile, he put together a solid spring as well, slugging four extra-base hits (one double and three homers) and tallying six RBI, eight walks, one stolen base and four runs over 14 exhibition contests. O'Neill has the edge on Thomas in terms of major-league experience, but that certainly doesn't preclude the latter from winning the job battle if he's able to continue impressing once play resumes. Rogers also notes the promising Dylan Carlson appears to retain an outside chance of leapfrogging both O'Neill and Thomas, but it's worth noting the 21-year-old has logged only 18 games at the Triple-A level.

November 20, 2019 02:36 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Should be healthy for spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas has recovered from his broken right wrist and is expected to resume swinging a bat in the near future, Rob Rains of reports.

Thomas expects to enter spring training with no restrictions and could be a candidate to claim a starting role in the St. Louis outfield, which is rather unsettled after Marcell Ozuna hit the free-agent market. St. Louis could still add another veteran option or two this winter through trade or free agency or even re-sign Ozuna if the price is right, but as the roster currently stands, Thomas looks set to compete with Harrison Bader, Dexter Fowler, Dylan Carlson, Tyler O'Neill and Randy Arozarena for one of three spots in the everyday outfield. Thomas spent the majority of his injury shortened 2019 campaign at Triple-A Memphis, slashing .268/.352/.460 with 10 home runs and 11 steals across 304 plate appearances.

September 2, 2019 12:00 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Moves to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas (wrist) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Sunday.

Thomas was already likely to be sidelined for the near future after being hit by a pitch that fractured his right wrist earlier in the week, but the move to the 60-day IL essentially ends his season. He received his first taste of the majors this year and looked good in limited chances with a .316/.409/.684 slash line and four homers in 44 plate appearances.

August 30, 2019 03:00 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Out with fractured wrist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a fractured right wrist.

Thomas was hit by a pitch during both of his appearances off the bench against the Brewers, though he stayed in to run the bases on both occasions. The severity of the fracture remains unclear, but the 24-year-old seems likely to be sidelined for at least a few weeks.

August 26, 2019 11:20 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Drills pinch-hit homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas hit a solo home run in a pinch-hit at-bat during a win over the Rockies on Sunday.

Thomas capped off the Cardinals' scoring barrage of the afternoon by lacing a 368-foot shot to left when called on to pinch hit for reliever Ryan Helsley in the seventh inning. The rookie hasn't drawn a start since Aug. 18 with Harrison Bader recently having returned from Triple-A Memphis, but Thomas figures to remain at the big-league level for the balance of the season with rosters on the verge of expanding Sept. 1.

August 19, 2019 10:44 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Timely hit in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in a win over the Reds on Sunday. He was also caught stealing on his only attempt.

The rookie extended the Cardinals' lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning with a timely single that plated Yadier Molina. Thomas has now hit safely in three straight starts and is 7-for-17 with a triple, two home runs, seven RBI, two walks and four runs during his current major-league stint.

August 12, 2019 11:48 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Hits grand slam, posts five RBI
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and RBI triple in an 11-9 victory against the Pirates on Sunday.

In just his second big-league start, Thomas drove in a run with a triple and erased a three-run deficit with a grand slam during the seventh. It's a very small sample, but Thomas is batting 8-for-22 (.364) with three home runs, 10 RBI, four runs and a steal in 24 plate appearances this season.

August 4, 2019 01:24 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Swats solo shot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas hit a solo home run in his only at-bat as a pinch hitter in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Athletics.

Thomas' second long ball of the year came in the ninth inning, but with the Cardinals down by six runs at the start of the frame, a comeback never fully materialized. Thomas has recorded a hit in both of his at-bats since his promotion from Triple-A Memphis, both coming from off the bench. He has five RBI and three runs scored in 15 at-bats this season.

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