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This winter, the St. Louis Cardinals made it clear that they expected Carlos Martinez to be the fifth starter in their rotation. Yesterday, the Cardinals named Martinez as that fifth starter . However, as you know, it’s been anything but a straight path for the young righthander. We’ve talked about the fifth spot over and over again, the competition that wasn’t [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals pick Carlos Martinez as 5th starter in pitching rotation

  Before spring training, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny asked pitcher Carlos Martinez to work on controlling his emotions. Martinez took that advice, maybe even too far. When Matheny told the Martinez that he'd won the job as the fifth starter for the Cardinals, the 23-year-old right-hander barely reacted. ''It kind of backfired when I told him the news because I didn't get a whole...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/30/15

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Monday, March 30. The Cardinals had another camp day, with Memphis opposing Springfield and Palm Beach facing Peoria on the George Kissell Quad in Jupiter, Florida. With only three runs scored across the four teams, it was a day for pitching. Memphis and Palm Beach shut out the lower level clubs...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training roundup: Villanueva makes 25-man roster, Garcia to 15-Day DL, Martinez officially named fifth starter

With less than one week away from MLB’s Opening Night on Sunday (Cardinals at Cubs, 7:05 p.m. CT on ESPN2) Spring Training is coming to a close and the 25-man roster is getting close to becoming official.Some of theses updates today are not all that surprising but here is some of the action that went down on a busy day for the Cardinals.-RHP Carlos Villanueva has made the Cardinals’...
Via Cardinals Farm
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Week That Was In Cardinals Spring Training (Part VI)

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: Jaime’s hurt. #HOTTake: Sigh. He and the Cardinals are presenting this...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Send Four Players To Minors

THREE PLAYERS OPTIONED TO MEMPHIS (AAA), JACOB WILSON RE-ASSIGNED JUPITER, Fla., March 29, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have optioned catcher Ed Easley, infielder Dean Anna, and first baseman Xavier Scruggs to the Memphis (AAA) roster and re-assigned non-roster infielder Jacob Wilson to their minor league camp. Today’s moves put the [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago  |  Discuss

And So It Begins… Jaime Garcia Is Having A ‘Minor Setback’

Some guys have all the luck. Others seem to have none. Jaime Garcia, the perpetually injured Cardinals pitcher suffered a “minor setback” after throwing 80 pitches in a simulated game earlier this week. He will miss today’s scheduled spring start and will take it “a day at a time”. He has made 36 starts in the past 3 seasons. 16 starts since 2013. From STLToday: “The...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Garcia scratched from start by Cardinals because of shoulder

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Jaime Garcia was scratched from Sunday's start by the St. Louis Cardinals because his surgically-repaired shoulder doesn't feel right, making it unlikely he will start the season on the active roster. Garcia, who had been among three pitchers competing for the fifth starter's job, told the Cardinals on Saturday that his shoulder hadn't recovered from Tuesday's...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Shoulder Discomfort Sidelines Jaime Garcia Again

Shoulder discomfort, meet Jaime Garcia. Wait, you two have met before right?Via Derrick Goold, Garcia has hit another setback in his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery that knocked him out of action last season. Jaime Garcia had some discomfort in shoulder area. Details not immediately available. Had to “hit the brakes” on his prep, Matheny says. — Derrick Goold...
Via Cardinals Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: The downfall of too much depth in the minor league system

Just looking up and down the St Louis, Memphis and Springfield rosters there seems to be a certain numbers of players that don’t fit in anywhere and could find it difficult to continue in the organization. This list includes some of the players recently brought in to get a shot at sticking somewhere on a roster: Villanueva, Socolovich, Hatley, Anna, Kelly and Ohlman.There are also...
Via Cardinals Farm
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cards ready for Wacha to stand alongside Wainwright at top of rotation

ST. LOUIS -- Michael Wacha was the NL Championship Series MVP as a rookie but just 5-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 19 starts for the St. Louis Cardinals last year. He was sidelined for most of the season's second half by a stress reaction in his shoulder, and was rusty in October before giving up Travis Ishikawa's series-winning homer in Game 5 of the NLCS. Now he feels healthy. "It's very...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

St Louis Cardinals: Jason Heyward key to offense

With the Cardinals trailing 1-0 in the 1st inning following a bomb off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, Jason Heyward followed with a bomb of his own to right field, tying the game up. It was Heyward’s first home run in a Cardinals uniform and a sight the Cardinals hope to get used to in the future. It was not enough to get his team the win, as Adam Wainwright struggled a bit, but...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MLBer Curt Ford assaulted, told to ‘go back to Ferguson’

Former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford was allegedly the victim of a race-related attack in St. Louis earlier this week. On Thursday, Ford told Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is considering moving away from the St. Louis area after a man yelled racial slurs at him and punched him at a gas...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Equifax Announces Partnership With The St. Louis Cardinals

Sponsorship Highlights Ongoing Commitment to Region ST. LOUIS (March 26, 2015) – Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) announced today a partnership with the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). The new relationship underscores the company’s investment in the St. Louis community, where Equifax Workforce Solutions is headquartered. One of the most successful teams in baseball...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
5 days ago  |  Discuss

St Louis Cardinals: Hot/Cold Spring

The St. Louis Cardinals are off to a 9-7 start in Spring Training for 2015, but what matters more than records in the baseball world in March are individual performances. Through 16 spring games, the Cardinals have many players both struggling and on hot streaks as they prepare for opening day in 2 weeks. Let’s take a look at who’s hot and who’s not: Hot Pete Kozma: Out of...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Team Previews: NL Central edition

2015 MLB Previews for the NL Central using our 3 Up and 3 Down formula which consists of the best and worst case scenarios for each team. Who is the most important player on each team, who needs to bounce back from a down 2014, who are potential breakout players and areas of concern for every team in the division.   The end of the Chicago Cubs’ 2014 season also marked the official...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Cardinals Prospects by Projected WAR

Earlier today, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the St. Louis Cardinals. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not St. Louis’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Cardinals’ system who are most ready to […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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