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Weaver sharp but outdueled in loss to Phils
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(MLB.com) ST. LOUIS -- It only took a quick glance around Busch Stadium early Thursday to see why this qualified as a big start for Luke Weaver. Alex Reyes galloped in from the bullpen under the high afternoon sky, giddy at the thought of returning by month's end. Jack Flaherty trailed him, back in the big leagues and intent on staying. Soon after, club officials drove home their hope that Carlos Martinez's disabled list stint would be a short one.

Through the lens of all these moving parts, ...    [ More ]
Waino to 60-day DL as more tests are planned
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(MLB.com) ST LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright will undergo another round of tests after an array of them failed to reveal the source of pain in his reconstructed right elbow, multiple Cardinals officials said Thursday. More telling of Wainwright's status than the scans was the transaction the club made prior to its series opener against the Phillies.

Forced to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to promote another catcher, after a hamstring strain landed Carson Kelly on the 10-day disabled list, the ...    [ More ]
Cards place Kelly on DL, move Waino to 60-day
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(MLB.com) The Cardinals are down another catcher after placing Carson Kelly on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a right hamstring strain on Thursday. St. Louis purchased the contract of catcher Steven Baron from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move.

To make room for Baron on the 40-man roster, the Cardinals transferred right-hander Adam Wainwright from the 10-day to the 60-day DL. Kelly is the fifth St. Louis player to be placed on the DL in the past week.

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Wainwright says 'team deserves more than that' after he struggles through painful start
(STLToday.com) SAN DIEGO o As many things as Adam Wainwright has done on a major-league mound for the Cardinals, from starting an All-Star Game to closing a World Series championship, his return from the disabled list Sunday tested him with something new, something worrisome.

With pain radiating from his right elbow, walks mounting and velocity slipping from his fingertips, Wainwright considered, for the first time in his career, asking out of the game.

"It's really hard to pull yourself ...    [ More ]
Cardinals crush five homers in win over Padres
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(MLB.com) SAN DIEGO -- The Cardinals flexed their muscles against the Padres by slugging five home runs en route to a 9-5 win on Friday night.

St. Louis made Petco Park look small thanks to big flies by Paul DeJong, Harrison Bader, Marcell Ozuna and ex-Padre Jedd Gyorko in the second and third innings.

For Gyorko, who had three hits, it was his eighth round-tripper in 12 games against San Diego in a rare rout for the Cardinals. Of their previous seven wins, six had been by a run.
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Cardinals bring back Cecil as lone lefty, place Lyons on DL
(STLToday.com) SAN DIEGO o The ongoing refresh and resort of the Cardinals' bullpen continued Friday afternoon when the team placed Tyler Lyons on the disabled list with a sore back and brought Brett Cecil back from his rehab assignment.

Cecil replaces Lyons as the lone lefty in the bullpen.

Both Lyons and Cecil have had their issues this season. Cecil got one appearance into the year before a shoulder issue and ankle soreness landed him on the DL. He was charged with going through a ...    [ More ]
Holland, Norris combine to lock down win
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(MLB.com) SAN DIEGO -- It's a 1-2 right-handed bullpen punch that the Cardinals hoped would put their rivals on the ropes. And in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Padres, it worked to perfection.

The Cardinals spent big on acquiring Greg Holland in the offseason. He was coming of a 41-save season with the Rockies.

They also snagged Bud Norris, who led the Angels with 19 saves last year.

Both were used in the opening of the four-game series at San Diego. Holland, who had yet to ...    [ More ]
BREAKING: Lat strain puts Martinez on DL
(MLB.com) The Cardinals placed right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez (right lat strain) on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 9, and recalled right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers from Triple-A Memphis. ?

Martinez, currently leading the National League leads in ERA (1.62), worked five innings in his start on Tuesday vs. Minnesota, taking a 7-1 loss. It was his first defeat in seven starts dating back to Opening Day. Martinez has posted a 3-2 mark in his eight starts and leads the Cardinals ...    [ More ]
Cardinals bats quiet again in 7-1 loss to Twins
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(STLToday.com) Hard to believe but the Central Division-leading Cardinals have the second best record in the National League with a hideous .228 team batting average. Harder still to fathom, perhaps, is that Arizona had the best record in the league with an even worse team average at .227 entering Tuesday night's late game.

How to quantify this is almost mind-boggling but, from the Cardinals' standpoint, at least, the presumption should be that the strong record (20-14) won't continue without some ...    [ More ]
Pham gets another day off as Cardinals close out homestand
(STLToday.com) With a day off on Wednesday, the Cardinals will give Tommy Pham's tight groin two extra days of rest by keeping him out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Twins.

Also out of the lineup for the afternoon game are Jedd Gyorko and Kolten Wong.

Pham hasn't played since Saturday, when he came out after 1 1/2 innings against the Cubs. Harrison Bader has started since and done well in both the field and at the plate.

The lineup:

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