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Grichuk adjusting to new position in left field
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JUPITER, Fla. o Often, left fielders rank high in assists, relative to center and right fielders because third-base coaches takes the most liberties on the bases against left fielders. That position usually is filled by the least speedy outfielder on the club who also may not have a very good throwing arm and might be used better as a designated hitter.

But the Cardinals should have the best of all defensive worlds ...    [ More ]
Reyes headed for Tommy John surgery, will miss 2017 season
(STLToday.com) One of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball and an early favorite for a Rookie of the Year will have to wait a year to prove it.

Alex Reyes has a complete rupture of a ligament in his right elbow and will require Tommy John surgery, the Cardinals confirmed Wednesday morning.

General manager John Mozeliak met with Reyes earlier in the morning, and the player and team expect a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis.


Reyes will require 12 to 18 ...    [ More ]
Cardinals send Reyes for MRI on pitching elbow
(STLToday.com) JUPITER, Fla.?o One of the leading candidates for National League Rookie of the Year had the start of his spring training delayed -- and perhaps interrupted -- by soreness in his elbow that has the team concerned.

Reyes, a righthander, was sent for a magnetic resonance imaging scan of his right elbow Tuesday afternoon.

The results of the scan are not yet known.


"Let's wait for tomorrow and react then," general manager ...    [ More ]
Source: Cards win arbitration case vs. Wacha
(MLB.com) The Cardinals won their arbitration case with right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday.

Wacha will earn the $2.775 million in 2017 the club proposed instead of the $3.2 million he suggested.

Wacha, 25, went 7-7 with a 5.09 ERA in 27 games (24 starts) for the Cardinals last season after going 17-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 starts in 2015, when he was named to the National League All-Star team.

Wacha's arbitration hearing with the ...    [ More ]
Matheny finds dire forecast for Cardinals 'unbelievable'
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JUPITER, Fla  o  Before Cardinals manager Mike Matheny departed for Columbus, Ohio, and daughter Katie's Senior Weekend hockey games for the Lady Buckeyes, he stopped in to meet with and observe some of his players who were working out ahead of Tuesday's first official training day for pitchers and catchers.

After shaking a few hands and exchanging some pleasantries, Matheny went into his office for a bit and ...    [ More ]
St. Louis bans smokeless tobacco at Busch Stadium
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(ESPN) Baseball players with big wads of chewing tobacco in their cheek are now a thing from the past at Busch Stadium.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted Friday to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco products like chewing tobacco, dip and snuff at all sports venues, including Cardinals games at Busch Stadium. The measure provides no exemption for players or anyone else on the field or in the dugouts.

"Today, St. Louis is sending a loud and clear message that baseball ...    [ More ]
Cardinals, Martinez agree to 5-year extension
(MLB.com) It was less than three weeks ago that, when asked about his looming arbitration hearing, Carlos Martinez turned the conversation away from his 2017 contract status, and toward his long-term future.

"I want to play my whole career with the Cardinals," Martinez said.

Martinez took a step in that direction by agreeing to a contract extension with the team that signed him out of the Dominican Republic seven years ago. A source told MLB.com that the five-year deal is worth $51 ...    [ More ]
Martinez reportedly agrees to five-year, $51 million deal
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The concern about whether there would be any bad feelings resultant from Carlos Martinez's salary arbitration hearing will be a moot point. There won't be any hearing next week.

The Post-Dispatch has learned from sources close to the situation that Martinez has agreed to a five-year contract worth some $51 million and that the deal, which has some options, will be announced Thursday morning at a press conference at ...    [ More ]
MLB hammers Cardinals - first two draft picks, $2 million go to Astros
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(STLToday.com) The illegal actions of a former Cardinals executive that put him in prison will also cost the team draft picks and a punitive fine in one of the harshest penalties enforced by Major League Baseball in recent memory.

And the Houston Astros will directly benefit.

In a decision issued Tuesday afternoon by commissioner Rob Manfred, the Cardinals have been fined $2 million in damages --?possibly the largest ever for one team --?and their first two picks in the coming draft have ...    [ More ]
Harris eager to show Cardinals result of elbow surgery
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For Cardinals reliever and U.S. Navy Reserve officer Mitch Harris, the threat of Tommy John surgery had little to do with its arduous rehab or even the months and months of recovery.

It was the likelihood he wouldn't have reason to do either.

"If I would have had Tommy John, I probably would not be standing here," Harris said this past week at the team's 21st annual Winter Warm-Up. "My whole thing is I'm ...    [ More ]