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Cardinals' Ricardo Sanchez: Tests positive for coronavirus
Sanchez tested positive for COVID-19, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
It's not clear when Sanchez is expected to be able to join his teammates. The virus will undoubtedly affect his preparation for the upcoming season, though he wasn't particularly likely to play much of a role at the big-league level this year, as he's yet to reach Triple-A.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Genesis Cabrera: Tests positive for coronavirus
Cabrera has tested positive for COVID-19.
Cabrera was held out of the Cardinals' first workout of camp due to a pending test result, and he'll now be forced to miss more time after his test came back positive. Whether or not he'll be available for the start of the regular season remains to be seen.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Jack Flaherty: Impressive in first camp workout
Flaherty received praise for his work during the Cardinals' first summer camp workout at Busch Stadium on Friday, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The staff ace and projected Opening Day starter wasted no time getting back into the thick of things, facing several of his teammates in live batting practice. Pitching coach Mike Maddux described Flaherty as being in midseason form to manager Mike Shildt, certainly an encouraging sign given the right-hander's importance to the team's fortunes.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Austin Gomber: Looks sharp in first camp workout
Gomber, who posted an impressive 2.25 ERA over eight spring frames, worked the equivalent of three innings while facing hitters during the Cardinals' first summer camp workout Friday, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Gomber's ability to fill a variety of roles for manager Mike Shildt seemingly gives the 26-year-old southpaw a solid chance of making the expanded 30-man Opening Day roster. Gomber earned the boss's praise for his work Friday, giving the young hurler a solid start to the ramp-up period for the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Genesis Cabrera: Non-participant pending test result
Cabrera was unable to participate in the Cardinals' first summer camp workout at Busch Stadium on Friday due to a pending COVID-19 test result, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Cabrera was one of four players -- Carlos Martinez, Ivan Herrera and Elehuris Montero being the other three -- that had been in the Dominican Republic during the shutdown and was awaiting the results of his test. Cabrera and the rest of the group were tested Thursday morning, approximately a day later than originally planned because of a flight delay. Assuming a clean bill of health, the 23-year-old southpaw may have his test results back in time to participate in Saturday's workout. Assuming good news, he'll soon resume his competition for a bullpen role.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Awaiting COVID test result
Martinez was unable to participate in Friday's opening day of summer camp because of a pending COVID-19 test, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The veteran right-hander was one of four players -- Genesis Cabrera, Ivan Herrera and Elehuris Montero being the other three -- that had been in the Dominican Republic during the shutdown and was awaiting the results of his test. Martinez and the rest of the group were tested Thursday morning, approximately a day later than originally planned because of a flight delay. Assuming a clean bill of health, Martinez may have his test results back in time to participate in Saturday's workout. If that happens, he'll begin his quest to tighten his grip on a rotation spot.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: 'Full go' in bullpens Friday
Mikolas, who has been deemed fully recovered from a flexor tendon strain in his right forearm, was able to work up to approximately 40 pitches in a Friday bullpen session at Busch Stadium, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. "It was pretty sore [in March] and I was just getting started on the rehab program," Mikolas said. "Now, full-go bullpens. Looking forward to my first live BP coming up, and ready to go."
Much like teammate Paul Goldschmidt, the veteran right-hander was able to utilize the nearly four months off from official baseball activities and games to overcome an injury that was projected to have him miss the originally scheduled Opening Day. Mikolas' activity level Friday seems to corroborate that his arm is back to full health, and he'll take another step toward his regular-season readiness when he faces teammates in live batting practice over the coming days.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt: Elbow much better after layoff
Goldschmidt, who was present for the Cardinals' first day of summer camp Friday, reports his previously sore right elbow is feeling much better following the long layoff, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. "I was able to take some time off and give it some rest and get treatment on it for awhile," Goldschmidt said during a video conference at Busch Stadium on Friday. "It's 100 percent now. I'm not sure if it would have been if we rolled right into the season. Hopefully that's one positive, personally."
The extended suspension of all official baseball activities carried a silver lining for several injured players, with Goldschmidt one prominent example. The 32-year-old remained in South Florida for the last three months, which not only gave him access to the Cardinals' spring training facility in Jupiter for treatment, but also enabled him to work out with the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. The fact he was able to get at-bats against two of the game's elite pitchers should certainly have him ready to jump back into batting practice against his own team's pitchers.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Missing early summer camp
Gallegos won't be present for the early portions of the Cardinals' summer training while he remains in Mexico, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
Teams are reporting to camp this week to begin ramping up for the 60-game regular season, but the 28-year-old won't be joining his teammates early on for unspecified reasons. The timing of Gallegos' arrival could impact his availability once games start toward the end of July. He's pegged as the closer with Jordan Hicks (elbow) beginning the season on the injured list, but if Gallegos is also unavailable duties could fall to Ryan Helsley, John Gant or Andrew Miller.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' John Nogowski: Unique skills could lead to role
The combination of Nogowski's power and discerning eye at the plate could lead to him making the Cardinals' active roster at some point during the 2020 season, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
The long-time minor-leaguer is already in the 60-man player pool and comes into summer camp with a head of steam, having hit .295 or better in each of his last four professional stops. Moreover, Nogowski has displayed a penchant for elite contact rates and an above-average eye at the plate, traits that led to the 27-year-old posting on-base percentages of no less than .378 in each of those stints. Nogowski also slugged a total of 27 home runs across the 200 minor-league games he logged over the last two seasons between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, newfound power that only enhances his already-impressive toolbox. Given his versatile skill set at the plate, Saxon sees Nogowski having a legitimate opportunity of making his major-league debut at some point during the 2020 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Kwang-Hyun Kim: Not guaranteed rotation spot
Kim will have to battle Carlos Martinez for the No. 5 starter's job during summer camp after manager Mike Shildt said Wednesday that he envisions the Cardinals sticking with a five-man rotation during the 60-game season, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
While the condensed schedule will presumably result in fewer off days for the Cardinals, Shildt apparently intends to address any potential workload concerns by limiting the innings of his starters rather than adding a sixth rotation member to the mix. Kim would likely represent the biggest loser in that scenario, as Martinez held a clear edge on the fifth spot during spring training, while the Korean lefty appeared to separate himself from the likes of Austin Gomber and Daniel Ponce de Leon for slotting behind Martinez. Even in a shortened season, it's highly unlikely the Cardinals have all five of their projected starters available to make every turn, so expect Kim to receive some burn in the rotation at some point.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Elehuris Montero: Joining 60-player pool
Montero was added to the Cardinals' 60-player roster pool Wednesday, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
The 21-year-old made quick work of the lower minors prior to last season and earned a promotion to Double-A Springfield, but he struggled mightily with a .552 OPS and 74 strikeouts in 238 plate appearances while battling wrist injuries. Montero was added to the 40-man roster in November and will join the team's summer camp at Busch Stadium in advance of the shortened season.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Gets clean bill of health
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt suggested Wednesday that Mikolas (forearm) will be fully healthy when the team resumes workouts at summer camp this week, Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Mikolas' clean bill of health comes as little surprise, as he had previously had an outside chance of making a full recovery from his strained flexor tendon by late March, when Opening Day was originally scheduled to occur. With the start of the season now having been pushed back approximately four months, Mikolas should be in store for a similar buildup program to the Cardinals' other starting pitchers during camp. Shildt added that he expects to use a five-man rotation when the 60-game slate opens in late July, which will likely result in offseason import Kwang-Hyun Kim settling for a long-relief role.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Will open on injured list
Hicks (elbow) will open the season on the injured list, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The news isn't a big surprise, as Hicks is still just barely over 12 months removed from Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent in late June 2019. The Cardinals do expect him to contribute at some point this season, though exactly when remains to be seen. It's also not clear whether or not he'll immediately regain his closer role when he eventually returns or if he'll have to win it back from presumptive favorite Giovanny Gallegos.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Alex Reyes: May fill multiple relief roles
Reyes could potentially be utilized as both a middle- and high-leverage reliever during the 2020 season, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The talented 25-year-old took some lumps during Grapefruit League play (8.31 ERA), but he's still considered a versatile arm that may be particularly valuable during a truncated 2020 season. Manager Mike Shildt will have plenty of options to work with when it comes to his bullpen, and Reyes has both the starting experience and arm (96.8 mph average fastball) to potentially thrive in either the middle or late innings.... See More ... See Less
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