Cardinals notebook: Motte may be headed to Memphis
( The Cardinals probably will carry 13 pitchers this season, manager Mike Matheny confirmed Thursday. But one of those pitchers won't be Jason Motte, who was given his unconditional release on Thursday.

Motte, who has considerable service time, has the right to explore other options for 48 hours but the Cardinals have made it clear they would like to re-sign him to a contract at Class AAA Memphis and that Motte, who lives in Memphis, would report there next week.

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Cards confident in postseason return in '18
( JUPITER, Fla. -- At no point since the turn of the century have three straight postseasons been played without trips to St. Louis. The Cardinals have sat out the past two, after last year's playoff hopes were dashed -- by the rival Cubs -- with three games to go in the 2017 season.

The Cards' third-place finish in the National League Central prompted an array of offseason moves, all made with an eye toward winning again -- and winning soon. The NL Central may prove the most ...    [ More ]
Carp at third, Gyorko at second against Nationals
( Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is deploying his infield Sunday as to what it will look when second baseman Kolten Wong has an off day.

Jedd Gyorko will move from third to second for the first time this spring, Matt Carpenter will go from first to third for the first time and Jose Martinez will slide in at first.

Matheny said Carpenter also would play second before the day's exhibition game with the Washington Nationals was over.

Carpenter, who had a ...    [ More ]
Cards win 11-4 as Martinez needs 85 pitches for four innings
( Carlos Martinez, staked to an 11-0 lead before the bottom of the second inning, had a middling effort, allowing four runs (three earned) as he threw 85 pitches for the Cardinals on Tuesday in an 11-4 romp over the Miami Marlins.

Martinez's pitch count, a spring high for the Cardinals, took him only through four innings, however. He struck out five, including four in the first two innings. 

Former Marlin Marcell Ozuna, who had been four for 28 with 13 strikeouts, had a ...    [ More ]
Fowler back at leadoff for Cardinals but with less pressure
( The phrase that followed Dexter Fowler around Wrigley Field, through the World Series, and all the way to St. Louis as a free agent, was four-words long and T-shirt slogan catchy: "You go, we go." Coined when he was with the Cubs, the statement become something of an anthem, even a chant for the ignition he provided at leadoff.

The Cardinals had the same thing in mind to start last year.

And there it went.

A slow start by Fowler and several others atop ...    [ More ]
Sources: Cardinals, DeJong finalizing contract extension
( In what's become something of a spring tradition -- though this time with an early-bloom twist, the Cardinals have reached an agreement on a contract extension with one of their young players, giving him security and the team cost-certainty for years to come.

Paul DeJong and the club are in the process of finalizing an extension with the team, two sources have confirmed. An announcement is expected later Monday.

Details of the deal are not yet known.

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Waino expects better despite scoreless debut
( By his own judgment, Adam Wainwright hit his location about half the time Thursday, during his spring debut against the Twins. Half the time, he missed. Not terrible for a first outing, but Wainwright called it "not nearly good enough."

Simply put, the most celebrated Cardinals pitcher of the past decade has a smaller margin for error than ever. And Wainwright knows it. The reminders are there: On his driver's license, in his manager's words, from the radar gun. None of them has ...    [ More ]
Cards' loss in exhibition opener has St. Louis flavor to it
( Outfielder Oscar Mercado, in his first game wearing a Cardinals uniform, singled twice, scored a run and made a strong catch in right field Friday. But the Cardinals lost their exhibition baseball opener to the Miami Marlins 6-4.

The Marlins' win had a decided St. Louis flavor as John Burroughs product Scott Van Slyke, son of Cardinals and Pittsburgh outfielder Andy Van Slyke, smacked two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in five runs. Van Slyke, a non-roster player, hit ...    [ More ]
Cards still expect Reyes' season to start about May 1; they're not committing to his role
( While work continued Thursday on the landscaping around the Cardinals' clubhouse, the tarp was peeled back from the six pack of mounds that are right outside the door at Roger Dean Stadium. Several pitchers took advantage to throw some of their first bullpen sessions of the spring.

That included two pitchers who could factor into the Cardinals under-construction bullpen plans this season: Lefty Tyler Lyons, the certainty and a sleeper setup/closer option, and? newcomer Conner Greene, ...    [ More ]
Oquendo can 'take the heat' as Cardinals coach but no longer desires to manage
( Let's see now. The Cardinals have missed the playoffs the last two years. Jose Oquendo hasn't been coaching third base or the infielders the last two years.

Oquendo, now back as a Cardinals coach, doesn't indulge in any such "what ifs," but if there was any statement made by fans more than any other since 2015, it was that "if Oquendo was here, this wouldn't have happened."

"This," could be anything related to Cardinals fielding or baserunning, both of which have been ...    [ More ]