Thomas was recalled by the Cardinals on Thursday.
Thomas spent three weeks at the Cardinals' alternate training site but will return to the major-league roster. He should serve mainly as a depth option in the outfield after he went 2-for-9 with a walk and three strikeouts in his first stint with the big-league club this year. Right-hander Johan Oviedo was sent down in a corresponding move.
Thomas was optioned to the Cardinals' alternate training site Thursday.
Thomas joined the major-league club Sunday but went 2-for-9 with a walk and three strikeouts in four games. He'll now attempt to work things out at the team's alternate camp after Scott Hurst was recalled by St. Louis in a corresponding move.
Thomas isn't starting Monday's game against the Nationals, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Thomas went 1-for-3 with a walk and one strikeout in his season debut Sunday. Dylan Carlson will take over in center field for Monday's series opener while Matt Carpenter enters the lineup at second base.
Thomas was recalled from the alternate training site Sunday , and he is starting in center field and batting eighth in the series finale versus the Brewers, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
The 25-year-old failed to make the Opening Day roster but will join the Cardinals for his season debut in the second weekend of the season. Thomas could have the chance to earn regular playing time with Tyler O'Neill (groin) joining Harrison Bader (forearm) on the injured list.
Thomas was optioned to minor-league camp Sunday.
Thomas was competing for a depth role in the outfield during camp but was unable to secure an Opening Day roster spot after hitting .212 with five runs and five RBI in 17 spring games. With Harrison Bader (forearm) sidelined to begin the regular season, Dylan Carlson should serve as the center fielder while Tyler O'Neill, Justin Williams and Austin Dean also see time in the outfield for the Cardinals.
Thomas, who went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in a Grapefruit League loss to the Nationals on Friday, is hitting .500 (5-for-10) across four spring games.
The promising outfielder also has a walk and a run on his spring resume, making it a stellar start overall in his bid for an Opening Day roster spot. Thomas couldn't follow up his impressive initial major-league showing in 2019 -- a .316/.409/.684 line with four home runs and 12 RBI across 44 plate appearances -- with similar production in 2020, when he generated an anemic .111/.200/.250 slash over 40 plate appearances. Although fellow prospect Dylan Carlson is held in higher regard, Thomas also has plenty of upside and is certainly in the mix for a reserve outfield role.
The Cardinals optioned Thomas to their alternate training site Wednesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas is expected to start the team's upcoming summer camp as a primary contender for the starting left field job, Anne Rogers of MLB.com 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.
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 MLB.com 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.
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 MLB.com 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.
Thomas has recovered from his broken right wrist and is expected to resume swinging a bat in the near future, Rob Rains of STLSportsPage.com 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.
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