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Cardinals' Justin Williams: Placed on injured list
Williams (hand) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday.
Williams is still recovering from a fractured and disclosed fingers in his right hand, so he'll open the season on the shelf. It's unclear how long the outfielder will remain sidelined, but he'll be eligible to return April 4 should he prove ready. Once healthy, Williams figures to report to Triple-A Memphis.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Luke Gregerson: Placed on injured list
Gregerson (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement Monday.
Gregerson has had a very slow buildup through the spring. He'll be eligible to return April 4, though the team's intended timetable remains unclear.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko: Sent to injured list
Gyorko (calf) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday.
As expected, Gyorko will begin the season on the shelf as he continues to work back from a calf injury that has kept him sidelined for most of March. He began working at minor-league camp Monday and logged four at-bats, though it remains to be seen whether the infielder will be ready to return when first eligible (April 4 against the Padres). Drew Robinson and Yairo Munoz should serve as infield depth while Gyorko is sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Lands on IL
Martinez (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday.
This was expected. Martinez, who has been sidelined for most of spring due to a shoulder issue, recently resumed his throwing program. Pete Wickham of MLB.com reports that manager Mike Shildt estimates Martinez is a "month to a month and a half away", making his earliest potential return date in early May.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Brett Cecil: Heads to injured list
Cecil (arm) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday.
As expected, Cecil will open the season on the shelf as he contends with a myriad of issues, including left carpal tunnel syndrome, arm fatigue and erratic mechanics. It's unclear how long the southpaw's stay on the IL will last at this point.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt: Hot heading into regular season
Goldschmidt went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in a Grapefruit League win over the Braves on Sunday.
Fresh off signing a five-year, $130 million extension earlier in the weekend, Goldschmidt commemorated the milestone with his third round tripper of spring. The veteran slugger has wasted no time in acclimating to his new St. Louis digs, hitting .280 with three doubles, one triple, three homers and six RBI this spring.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Jack Flaherty: Will start home opener
Flaherty's second start of the season is slated for the Cardinals' home opener April 4, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Flaherty, who fired four scoreless, one-hit innings in a Grapefruit League win over the Marlins on Sunday, is slated to make his season debut as the Cardinals' starter in the second game of a season-opening four-game set versus the Brewers. That will line him up to start the first home opener of his career versus the Padres. The 23-year-old right-hander enjoyed a solid spring, complementing a 1-1 record with a 2.12 ERA and .183 BAA across 17.0 Grapefruit League frames.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko: Working in minor-league camp
Gyorko (calf) will continue working in minor-league camp for at least the next week in order to log as many at-bats as possible, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Gyorko still hasn't been cleared to run the bases at full speed, but he'll look to keep his timing at the plate sharp in the interim. The veteran infielder logged only seven Grapefruit League at-bats, so he'll need as many reps as possible in order to be ready for potential activation April 4, the date of the Cardinals' home opener.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Luke Gregerson: Working sim game
Gregerson (shoulder) will throw to Matt Carpenter in a simulated game Tuesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Gregerson continues his rather deliberate rehabilitation from his chronic right shoulder issues, although he's apparently made unencumbered progress throughout March. The purpose of Tuesday's sim game is partly to get Carpenter ready for Thursday's Opening Day after he missed a week of Grapefruit League action with a back injury, but it will also give Gregerson a chance to face a live hitter after most recently focusing on bullpen sessions. The timetable for Gregerson's exact return to game action remains uncertain, and he'll start the season on the injured list.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Getting further work before opener
Carpenter (back), who struck out in his only at-bat during a Grapefruit League win over the Marlins on Sunday, will lead off in every inning during a game at minor-league camp Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
The goal is to get Carpenter as many reps at the plate as possible before Thursday's season opener versus the Brewers, considering he missed the last week of Grapefruit League action due to his back issue. In addition to the work he'll get Monday, Carpenter is also set to face Luke Gregerson in a simulated game Tuesday prior to joining his teammates in Milwaukee.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Dakota Hudson: Excellent tune-up for season
Hudson fired six scoreless innings in a 4-4 Grapefruit League tie with the Nationals on Saturday, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out three.
Hudson commemorated his recent appointment to the No. 5 spot in the rotation with a dominant outing, pitching a spring-high six innings in what served as an ideal tune-up for the regular season. The 24-year-old right-hander enjoyed a stellar spring overall, as Saturday's performance brought his ERA down to 1.25 and BAA to a miserly .192.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Drew Robinson: Makes Opening Day roster
Robinson's spot on the Opening Day roster is now locked in with Jedd Gyorko (calf) opening the season on the injured list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Robinson had already helped his cause with a solid spring at the plate, but Gyorko's season-opening absence helps cement Robinson's status. The 26-year-old has hit .268 with eight RBI over 56 Grapefruit League at-bats and is capable of filling in at all three outfield positions.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Yairo Munoz: Makes Opening Day roster
Munoz's spot on the Opening Day roster is now locked in with Jedd Gyorko (calf) opening the season on the injured list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Munoz was trending toward garnering a spot due to his positional versatility, but Gyorko's season-opening absence helps to officially cement Munoz's status. Munoz is actually listed on the depth chart at three infield positions (second base, third base and shortstop) and in left field. Additionally, manager Mike Shildt had also alluded to plans of having Munoz put in some time behind the dish prior to the official wrap-up of Grapefruit League play in order to prep him for emergency catcher duty during the coming season.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko: Ticketed for IL to open year
Gyorko (calf) will begin the season on the injured list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Gyorko has been dealing with a calf issue for most of March. While he was hoping to be ready for Opening Day, the third baseman simply won't have enough time to get up to speed before Thursday's season-opener. It's unclear how long his stay on the shelf will last, though Gyorko will be eligible to return April 4 should he prove ready. With Gyorko opening the season on the IL, Drew Robinson and Yairo Munoz will break camp with the Cardinals.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' John Brebbia: Makes Opening Day roster
Brebbia will open the season in the Cardinals' bullpen, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
This isn't all too surprising, as Brebbia owns a 3.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 11:1 K:BB through nine frames this spring. The 28-year-old posted a 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 10.7 K/9 in 50.2 innings out of the big-league bullpen in 2018.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Leading off Sunday
Carpenter (back) will hit leadoff and start at third base in Sunday's Grapefruit League finale against the Marlins.
It appeared earlier Sunday that Carpenter was out of the lineup for the spring finale, but it turns out he will return to action after missing the last week. The 33-year-old has been battling a tight back, but his return to the field Sunday should alleviate concerns about his status for Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Remains out Sunday
Carpenter (back) is not in the lineup for Sunday's Grapefruit League finale.
The Cardinals announced earlier in the week that Carpenter would not return to the lineup before Sunday, but it turns out he will not be able to take the field Sunday, either. He will have one more chance to see action before the regular season begins with the Cardinals still playing an exhibition game Monday in Memphis, but the club has not revealed its plan of action, and at this point, Carpenter is less than certain to be ready for Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Yadier Molina: Hot at plate in big win
Molina went 2-for-4 with a single, a ground-rule double, three total RBI, two runs and a walk in a 15-5 Grapefruit League win over the Mets on Friday.
The veteran backstop has scuffled at the plate overall this spring (7-for-30), but his extensive track record with the bat essentially renders any exhibition struggles meaningless. Moreover, Molina continues to have the full trust of the pitching staff, and his well-established durability seemingly makes him a lock for at least 120 starts, a mark he's eclipsed in four straight seasons and 10 of the last 11 overall.... See More ... See Less