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Cardinals' Wainwright throws first bullpen session since ab strain

JUPITER, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright bumped fists and smiled following a short bullpen session on Monday, the first since straining his abdominal muscle a week ago. Wainwright didn't use maximum effort for most of the 30-plus pitch session, but did turn it up for the final five pitches -- one of which had bullpen catcher Jamie Pogue hooting and hollering behind the plate. "That was perfect...
Via AP on Fox
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Slow down, Trevor! Smoke it, Jason! And more spring objectives

ST. LOUIS -- Just in case anyone needed a reminder, former Cardinals second baseman Tom Herr sent one Saturday. Indeed, nothing can take the hope out of a season more decidedly than a rash of injuries in the exhibition season. Still, work needs to be done, too, especially by young players who still have plenty to prove. When the Cardinals open their practice-game schedule Thursday...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day Starter: Lance Lynn?

Happy Monday! I’m sure everyone here is up and at ‘em, having a cheerful day. (heavy sarcasm here) With Adam Wainwright ‘s injury, there’s a chance that Lance Lynn will be our opening day starter. A few thoughts on that. 1) While Lynn is still young, he’s a three time 15 game winner who’s pitched in the post-season every [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Monday Mailbag: Expectations For Michael Wacha

Greetings folks,I am here to help you kick the dust off the legs and start the work week off right. Taking a cue from fellow Farm writer Chase Probert, I am going to take a stab at the mailbag this morning. A little question and answer session for your morning stretch. A couple of times over the past week, I asked Cards fans on Twitter what their lingering questions were as the team...
Via Cardinals Farm
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Regular Season Single Game Tickets to Go On Sale

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Monday that individual tickets for the 2015 season will go on sale this Friday, March 6th beginning at 10 a.m. CT. Fans who wish to purchase tickets to three or more games will receive early access to take part in a special online-only “multi-game” on-sale beginning Wednesday, March 4th at 10 a.m. CT. The multi-game sale and Friday single-game...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Week that Was In Cardinals Spring Training (Part II)

You’ve got a job. Maybe kids. Maybe school. And 1,000 other things to worry about – it’s hard keeping up with all the stories coming from practice baseball camp in Florida. We’re here to help. Let’s take a look at the news that made news this past week that was in Cardinals spring training. Story: Wainwright gets hurt. #HOTTake: He can’t run and he can’t lift weights...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Should Yadier Molina’s weight loss be a bigger story?

I realize I am late to the party here, but I was doing some catching up on afternoon reading and the happenings down in Jupiter, Florida at the start of spring training for the St. Louis Cardinals. I had heard that Cardinals Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina had reportedly lost 20 pounds or so, but I hadn’t yet seen the pictures. I saw that Bernie Miklasz had posted a video blog...
Via Cardinals Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

One Less Cardinals Retired Number is Good

I was asked in the comments section on Friday whether I was surprised that the St. Louis Cardinals re-issued Mark McGwire’s number 25. The recipient is recently-promoted bench coach David Bell, who moved off number 23. (That was news first disclosed here at The Cardinal Nation Blog back on February 9th, by the way.) My reply became so long, I turned it into this post instead...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Carlos Martinez Cannot be Traded

With the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals reporting to spring training, the subject of Oscar Taveras’ tragic death is again front and center. While memorializing the late outfielder is on the minds of some, the club is also reinforcing with Taveras’ teammates the importance of sound decision-making when drinking is involved. The entire subject of how to properly remember Taveras remains...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny Does Something Cool.

As detailed here in an article by Derrick Goold, Mike Matheny did something cool. I admit, I’m not Matheny’s biggest fan, and have been very critical in the past, especially the preference he seems to have of playing veterans or “his guys” over rookies or trade acquisitions. I’ll probably be critical of him in the upcoming season [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
3 days ago  |  Discuss

St Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright has abdominal strain

The St. Louis Cardinals got a bit of good news, as Adam Wainwright’s injury this week revealed to be an abdominal strain. There was a bit of worry when it was revealed earlier this week that he was going back to St. Louis to see a specialist, but this injury is now not expected to keep him out any significant amount of time. While Wainwright was only prescribed to take it easy...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A look at the second base depth in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system

As we continue our Spring Training look at the depth within the St. Louis Cardinals organization, we are going to hit a position that has some solid depth. Unlike catcher and first base, second base has a couple legit major league prospects and they are scattered throughout the system eliminating the gap we find at other positions. The second base position is not a position of need...
Via Cardinals Farm
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright’s injury not serious

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright visited a St. Louis-specialist Thursday in fear he suffered a sports hernia or more serious injury.  But after a visit with Dr. Michael Brunt, Wainwright learned that he just has an abdominal strain that should not keep him from being ready for the season opener on April 5. Wainwright is cleared to continue throwing while he allows the abdominal area...
Via Sports-Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Announce Lineup and Changes To Popular ‘Budweiser Bash’ Promotion

2015 series moves to Tuesday nights and features members of the 1985 National League Champion Cardinals ST. LOUIS, February 26, 2015 – The popular fan-favorite promotion, Budweiser Bash (#BudBash), is back and better than ever for the 2015 season. This season, the event series is incorporated into the Theme Ticket schedule giving fans the opportunity [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
4 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Honor Oscar Taveras by Helping Current Players

The St. Louis Cardinals are set to launch full-squad workouts in Florida as spring training commences. Yet, they cannot seem to escape the biggest story of their offseason: the tragic death of Oscar Taveras. The team is not trying to hide from it, though. When one of baseball’s top prospects does something as careless as operating a vehicle while reportedly intoxicated, it is...
Via i70baseball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals’ Andrew Sohn Ready To Compete Again

One of the toughest challenges for a young athlete is recovering from a serious injury, and even though you never want to see a player suffer an injury that will keep them out of action for an extended period of time, it’s part of the game. When the player returns, you can only hope they are the same. St. Louis Cardinals fans are hoping that’s the case for shortstop prospect...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Why The St. Louis Cardinals need Cole Hamels

As the St. Louis Cardinals gear up for yet another run at the World Series, it seems as though they are missing one critical piece to compete with other National League powerhouses: A legitimate number two option. The Los Angeles Dodgers have Zach Greinke, The San Francisco Giants have Matt Cain, and the Washington Nationals have an entire rotation of number one or two starters....
5 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Profile: Marco Gonzales

The St. Louis Cardinals started practice in the Grapefruit League this week, and among their numbers is a 23 year old prospect, Marco Gonzales. A left handed pitcher, Gonzales was drafted by the Cardinals back in 2013. Starting in 2013, Marco completed the year with 8 games, a 2.70 ERA. He allowed only 18 hits in 23.1 innings, for a total of 8 runs. Fast forward to 2014 and Gonzales...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Should St. Louis Cardinals fans be worried about Adam Wainwright?

In recent years, it seems like St. Louis Cardinals fans are forced to process some sort of injury news every single spring training. Some instances are worse than others, but without fail, we consistently hear about bad things happening to the St. Louis Cardinals down in Jupiter, Florida. And it’s usually something to do with the pitching staff. So how deep does this rabbit...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

More mature Martinez ready to win Cardinals' rotation spot

JUPITER, Fla. -- It seems as if everyone in St. Louis Cardinals' camp is noticing the difference in pitcher Carlos Martinez. And it has nothing to do with his 100-mph fastball. "A year ago you'd just see a kid bounding around here. It's amazing the transformation," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said Monday. "In general there's a whole different demeanor to him." The Cardinals are...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Week That Was In Cardinals Spring Training

The news is coming fast and furious from Jupiter, Florida. Why don’t we take a look at the news that made news this past week in Cardinals baseball. Story: Kozma is going to catch. #HOTTake: I wonder if Peter dreams about being a 5M/yr SS in a place like Houston or Minnesota when he goes to bed at night. You know, where he can just play ball be left alone. Poor guy is the Milton...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Heyward Is Looking For Power

Despite all the gains advanced stats have made in gaining public acceptance over the years, there’s always going to be some cases that seem inexplicable to one side or the other. Jason Heyward is generally a good example of that, because if you still rely on traditional stats, you see a right fielder who hit […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: 5 Potential Breakout Candidates to Watch in Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals enter spring training as a perennial playoff contender. The team has found success building from within and making smart choices outside of the organization. They enter the 2015 season with very few question marks on their roster. That’s not to say that some players will not have the ability to incite some excitement over the next six weeks. There are numerous...
Via i70baseball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pete Kozma Might Be the Super-Sub the St. Louis Cardinals Need

Pete Kozma‘s name doesn’t come up a whole lot in St. Louis these days. Once the starting shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals, Kozma finds himself fighting for a roster spot for the second spring in a row. The odds may be in his favor this time. Kozma is a player who seems to have everything figured out on defense. Unfortunately, it is not always enough to overcome his shortcomings...
Via i70baseball
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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