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Cardinals' Steven Matz: Making third rehab start Thursday
Matz (shoulder) is scheduled to make the third start of his rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Memphis, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
According to Denton, the Cardinals had considered bringing Matz back from the 15-day injured list to start Thursday's series finale in Atlanta, but the organization's brain trust ultimately decided he was better off getting stretched out in the minors for one more outing. After he worked three innings and tossed 45 pitches his last time out for Memphis on Saturday, he'll be aiming for around four innings and 60 pitches Thursday. He'll report back to St. Louis following the start to be re-evaluated, and if the Cardinals are satisfied with the condition of his shoulder, he should be activated and re-enter the rotation during the final week before the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Conner Capel: Sitting against lefty
Capel is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game in Atlanta, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
Capel started in right field for the past three days and appears to have supplanted Lars Nootbaar as the Cardinals' preferred option at the position. However, because both Capel and Nootbaar bat from the left side, both will be excluded from the lineup Wednesday while southpaw Max Fried is on the hill. The Cardinals will roll out an outfield of Juan Yepez, Dylan Carlson and Brendan Donovan from left to right.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Austin Romine: Heads to bench Wednesday
Romine is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Atlanta, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
After getting called up from Triple-A Memphis on Monday, Romine started behind the plate in the first two games of the Cardinals' series with Atlanta and went 1-for-7 with a walk. Andrew Knizner will step in behind the dish Wednesday, but Romine looks as though he'll at least be part of a timeshare at catcher until No. 1 backstop Yadier Molina (knee) is ready to come off the injured list.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Nolan Gorman: Sitting against left-hander
Gorman isn't starting Wednesday against Atlanta, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Gorman has started against just one left-handed pitcher this year, and he'll retreat to the bench with southpaw Max Fried on the mound Wednesday. Tommy Edman is shifting to second base while Albert Pujols serves as the designated hitter.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Yet to be charged with run
Fernandez has posted nine scoreless innings since his call-up June 22.
In that span, Fernandez has allowed two hits and three walks with seven strikeouts, though he took a blown save for allowing an inherited runner to score July 2 against the Phillies. Fernandez has maintained a .143 BABIP and 2.48 FIP across 11 innings overall -- the first mark is unsustainable, but the second suggests any regression that arises won't be overwhelming. The right-hander has added a 0.64 WHIP and could see an increased role, but he's likely to stick as a middle reliever given the strength at the top of the Cardinals' bullpen hierarchy.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Drew VerHagen: Beginning rehab assignment
VerHagen (shoulder) began a rehab assignment with High-A Peoria on Tuesday, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
VerHagen has been out since June 24 with right shoulder soreness. He's eligible to return from the injured list Saturday, and if all goes well during his rehab, it's possible he'll require just a minimum stint on the shelf.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Corey Dickerson: Resuming rehab assignment
Dickerson (calf) is set to resume his rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
Dickerson has had a couple of setbacks due to lingering soreness in his strained left calf. His rehab was paused June 24, but Denton reports the veteran outfielder will play five innings in right field for Memphis on Wednesday. Dickerson will likely need multiple games to get back up to speed and to prove that his calf is at full strength again.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andre Pallante: Surrenders seven runs in loss
Pallante (3-3) took the loss during Tuesday's 7-1 loss to Atlanta, allowing seven runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts and zero walks in 3.2 innings.
Pallante had his first rough outing as a starter, permitting five runs in the first and another two in the fourth before pulled. The 23-year-old tossed 66 of 96 pitches for strikes, with eight of the swinging variety and a healthy five strikeouts -- tying his season high. In six starts, Pallante has posted a 4.26 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 31.2 innings. He tentatively lines up to start again this weekend against Philadelphia.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Losing work to Capel
Nootbaar remains out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Sitting for the third game in a row, Nootbaar looks to be the Cardinals' fourth outfielder at the moment, even while all of Tyler O'Neill (hamstring), Harrison Bader (foot) and Corey Dickerson (calf) are still on the injured list. Conner Capel will be rewarded with a third straight start in right field after going 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBI in Monday's 6-3 loss.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Sits in second straight game
Knizner is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Though he appeared to have returned to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart after Ivan Herrera was recently optioned to Triple-A Memphis, and while Yadier Molina (knee) remains on the injured list, Knizner will end up sitting for the second game in a row. New call-up Austin Romine will make another turn behind the plate as the Cardinals look to see if he can provide an upgrade over Knizner, who has produced a .523 OPS over his 145 plate appearances on the season.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Harrison Bader: Taking part in light activities
Bader (foot) is taking part in baseball activities, according to Katie Woo of The Athletic.
While it's good to see Bader up on his feet, he has only taken some swings and gotten in light on-field work, and he is not yet on the verge of a rehab assignment. As such, it does not appear he will come off the injured list when first eligible Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Conner Capel: Hits first big-league homer
Capel went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a sacrifice fly in Monday's 6-3 loss to Atlanta.
Capel has started in only three of seven games since he was called up from Triple-A Memphis. Monday was his second consecutive start, and he accounted for two of the Cardinals' run-scoring plays with a sac fly in the fourth inning and a solo shot in the sixth. The rookie outfielder is 2-for-9 with two RBI so far, and he doesn't have a clear path to playing time. Capel is likely to continue competing with Lars Nootbaar in right field.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Pops another homer
Yepez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 6-3 loss to Atlanta.
Yepez has flexed his power lately with five homers and two doubles in his last eight games. A consistent place in the lineup has served him well since Tyler O'Neill (hamstring) and Harrison Bader (foot) went on the injured list in the last two weeks. Yepez is up to 11 long balls, 26 RBI, 23 runs scored and 10 doubles while slashing a strong .281/.321/.522 through 193 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Dakota Hudson: Surrenders six runs in loss
Hudson (6-5) took the loss during Monday's 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Braves, allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts in four innings.
Hudson fell behind early and St. Louis was unable to rebound, as he permitted one run on two hits in the first inning and five runs on six baserunners in the second. The 27-year-old has seen his ERA rise after each of his last five starts -- increasing from 2.76 to 4.29 -- while also posting the worst K/BB of the 64 qualified starters at 1.18 thanks to 46 strikeouts and 39 free passes in 84 frames. Hudson will look to get back on track in his next start, which tentatively lines up for this weekend against Philadelphia.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Kodi Whitley: Lands on minor-league IL
Whitley (undisclosed) was placed on the 7-day minor-league injured list Monday.
It's unclear what injury has sidelined Whitley. He last pitched for Triple-A Memphis on June 26, allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts in one inning. He has a 6.57 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in 12.1 innings with Memphis since he was sent down in early June, and he'll be sidelined for at least a week.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Bullpen session set for Wednesday
McFarland (illness) is expected to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
McFarland has been out since June 22, though he cleared the COVID-19 protocols a week later. The southpaw is likely to need a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis after his bullpen session, so it's unlikely he's activated until the weekend.... See More ... See Less
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