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Cardinals set rotation for first 4 spring games

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:02:52 EDT

Manager Mike Matheny shut down the Cardinals' spring complex on Friday, allowing players to take the day off before returning for the start of the Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday. Luke Weaver, a darkhorse candidate for the rotation, will start for the Cardinals against Miami's Edinson Volquez.



Cards ink Cuban outfielder to Minors deal

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:52:58 EDT

The Cardinals have signed Cuban free agent outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. The deal includes a $2.5 million bonus according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.



Cards trust Oh to be ready after WBC '17 run

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:06:11 EDT

Seung Hwan Oh had heard, secondhand, about the run on Cardinals merchandise in his home country of South Korea last season. He had been told stories about folks who had to resort to online shopping to buy Cardinals gear because stores no longer had any in stock.



See what's new on MLB.TV and catch all the action

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:27:11 EDT

MLB.TV is back, and it's better than ever. Watch live out-of-market games -- including almost 300 Spring Training games and the World Baseball Classic (in U.S.) without blackouts -- on more than 400 devices.



Bowman looks to stick as Cards' ground-ball ace

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:48:39 EDT

Matt Bowman, a Rule 5 pick last spring, comes to camp now with a year of Major League service time and a proven repertoire that the Cardinals believe can help fill the void left by Seth Maness' departure.



Gonzales nears end of Tommy John recovery

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:27:46 EDT

Marco Gonzales isn't likely to make a Grapefruit League appearance this spring, but the work he's doing behind the scenes has the left-hander on track to potentially wrap up his recovery from Tommy John surgery before the end of May.



Cardinals bond over aliens, pirate treasure

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:45:33 EDT

The Cardinals took their workouts off campus on Thursday for a team-building exercise that featured, among other things, alien abductions and pirates' treasure. It was an unexpected field trip for players, who split up into two groups and took turns loading a bus to depart for a destination unknown. When they disembarked, players found themselves thrust into an escape room challenge.



Tale of the fantasy tape: Cardinals vs. Cubs

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:00:46 EDT

Before the Cubs and the Cardinals write the next chapter in their storied rivalry, we can get a head start on assessing them by comparing the fantasy value of their key players for the upcoming campaign.



Cardinals' Top 30 prospects list

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:44:51 EDT

Who do the Cardinals have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for St. Louis' Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.



Breaking down the Cards' Top 30 Prospects

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:23:22 EDT

Alex Reyes is plenty young enough to come back from Tommy John surgery and be the dominant starter all envisioned. But beyond that is the fact the Cardinals have a lot of talent filling in behind him. There's the best catching prospect in the game in Carson Kelly, who should be more than ready to be the starter in 2018 should the organization choose not to bring back Yadier Molina.



Weaver tabbed for Cards' spring opener

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:24:29 EDT

Luke Weaver will get the nod for the Cardinals in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Marlins. Manager Mike Matheny made the announcement early Wednesday afternoon under ominous skies that threatened the day's Spring Training workouts.



Spring into fresh look for Cardinals' new year

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:31:29 EDT

Gear up for Spring Training with updated authentic caps, jerseys, socks and more, and wear what your favorite Cardinals are wearing.



Cardinals have pieces, precedent to handle injury

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:48:37 EDT

Gray skies hung over Cardinals camp Wednesday morning, arguably a week late. Alex Reyes' Tommy John surgery unfortunately falls right in line with the sour spring setbacks that this organization endured with Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jason Motte and Jaime Garcia in recent years, though the Cards know they are hardly outliers in this area.



Siegrist throws 25 pitches in first 'pen session

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:59:42 EDT

Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist threw his first bullpen session of Spring Training on Wednesday. He had delayed the start of his Spring Training throwing program after feeling some left shoulder soreness last week.



Fantasy Player Preview: Dominate your draft

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:31:36 EDT

From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the Cardinals' depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.



Ozzie aims to help bolster Cardinals' defense

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:00:51 EDT

On the heels of a season dotted with fundamental lapses, the Cardinals prioritized defensive work this spring and they summoned the most distinguished defensive player in franchise history to assist with that instruction.



C. Carpenter will be guest instructor at camp

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:05:12 EDT

Chris Carpenter, who pitched for the Cardinals from 2004-12, is a new addition to a list of instructors that will also include Jim Edmonds, Bob Gibson and Lou Brock.



Matheny 'nowhere near' naming OD starter

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:07:19 EDT

Those wondering who will take the mound in the Cardinals' season opener will have to sit tight a while longer before receiving an answer.



Facility upgrades exciting Cards prez Dewitt

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:00:00 EDT

Putting a twist on the focus of Presidents Day, cardinals.com caught up with team president Bill DeWitt III and offered him the opportunity to address the fan base on a variety of topics. He chose to talk about three areas in particular.



Ankiel admits to drinking before game to cope with 'yips'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:33:39 EDT

Longtime St. Louis Cardinals pitcher/outfielder Rick Ankiel admitted Monday in an interview plugging his new book that he drank vodka before the 2001 season opener to calm his nerves following his postseason meltdown in 2000.



Fowler reaffirms comments regarding travel ban

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:47:54 EDT

Dexter Fowler said on Monday that he stands by the statement he made to ESPN.com two days ago in which he discussed the effect on his family of President Donald Trump's executive order limiting travel to and from seven Muslim-majority countries.



Peralta not resting on his laurels

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:53:11 EDT

Jhonny Peralta has no guarantee of a starting job. He's no longer viewed as the solution at shortstop. There are questions about whether his offensive decline in 2016 had at least something to do with expected age regression. And there's the nearing uncertainty about his baseball future.



Toe tap and all, Gant a versatile asset

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:09:23 EDT

The unorthodox motion is now the characteristic that most distinguishes John Gant, whom the Cardinals acquired when trading Jaime Garcia to the Braves in December.



Kelly always looking to learn behind the plate

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:09:42 EDT

The turning point for Carson Kelly came not from a conversation or physical adjustment, but rather through the words of a book recommended by his lockermate.



Pioneer Flood changed economics of baseball

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:23:11 EDT

There's likely no one in Cardinals history with a legacy more complex than Curt Flood, who sacrificed his standout career for a greater good from which he never personally benefited.



Cards express optimism in opening message

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:49:32 EDT

With a nod to the organization's storied history and nary a mention of their rival to the north, the Cardinals preceded their first full-squad workout of Spring Training with a team meeting Friday morning that was designed to set the tone and expectations for the year ahead.



Fowler already making impact at Cards camp

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:50:28 EDT

The biggest impact made by new outfielder Dexter Fowler thus far could be heard, not seen, on the backfields of the team's spring complex Friday.



Players pumped for Glove Day at Cards camp

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:50:28 EDT

Several players described the moment akin to Christmas morning as they dug into the duffle bags lined up behind the Cardinals' clubhouse to grab new gear Friday morning.



Lyons progressing well following knee surgery

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:56:12 EDT

Though he's likely not going to be healthy enough to compete for an Opening Day roster spot, Tyler Lyons could be in position to contribute to the big league team sooner than initially expected.



With injuries to pitchers, Baker in Cards' camp

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:33:56 EDT

Injuries and a suspension have already sidelined three Cardinals pitchers in camp -- which is why, on Thursday, the club added another.



Cards' Reyes undergoes Tommy John surgery

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:06:13 EDT

Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes underwent Tommy John elbow surgery Thursday and will miss the 2017 season.



Starter in Minors, Rosenthal may join rotation

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:06:56 EDT

With top prospect Alex Reyes no longer in the mix for a rotation spot, the Cardinals will look closely at three others who could fill that spot. Two -- Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver -- have been in a big league rotation before. The other, Trevor Rosenthal, is trying to reinvent himself.



Wacha, Matheny thrilled with righty's session

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:08:58 EDT

After a winter's worth of work strengthening his body in an effort to try to prevent future shoulder issues, Michael Wacha took the mound Wednesday to showcase himself as healthy and ready to reclaim a rotation spot. What followed was a strong first impression.



Despite optimism, Reyes dealt arduous challenge

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:39:07 EDT

In the minutes after the sad news reverberated on Wednesday that St. Louis phenom Alex Reyes would have to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the year - "It 'stinks,'" Reyes told reporters -- there was a wave of forced optimism.



Prospect Littrell suspended 50 games

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:07:18 EDT

Though he received his first invite to Major League camp, left-hander Corey Littrell will not be making an appearance in the Cardinals' clubhouse this spring.



Reyes' injury starts Cards' camp on sour note

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:50:24 EDT

The Cardinals' announced Wednesday morning that Alex Reyes has a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will require Tommy John surgery. That's real bad.



Cards going back to basics for start of spring

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:46:12 EDT

Manager Mike Matheny borrowed a line from his predecessor Tony La Russa while addressing the Cardinals' gathered group of pitchers and catchers ahead of their first official Spring Training workout on Tuesday.



Cardinals win arbitration case against Wacha

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:54:10 EDT

The Cardinals earned their first win of spring on Tuesday by finishing on the right end of an arbitration panel's decision regarding Michael Wacha's 2017 salary.



Metallica to rock Busch Stadium in June

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:17:59 EDT

Heavy metal band Metallica has scheduled a concert stop at Busch Stadium for June 4, the Cardinals announced on Monday. It will be the group's first show in St. Louis in nearly nine years.



Trek toward postseason starts as spring arrives

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:12:02 EDT

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Cardinals squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.