Wainwright has cartilage trimmed from elbow

Cardinals expect ace right-hander to resume throwing in eight weeks

Wainwright has cartilage trimmed from elbow

After pitching through on-and-off right elbow discomfort this season, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had a piece of cartilage trimmed from the elbow on Friday. The procedure is not expected to affect his readiness for Spring Training, as Wainwright should be able to resume throwing in eight weeks, after six weeks of physical therapy.

The Cardinals confirmed the surgery after the fact, this news coming just days after general manager John Mozeliak announced that doctors examined Wainwright's elbow last Friday and prescribed him rest. After that news conference, Wainwright received a second opinion on his elbow, at which point it was determined that surgery was the best way to address the issue. He had an MRI as part of both examinations.

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Small tweaks all the Cardinals need this offseason

Bench, bullpen main areas St. Louis may bolster for run in 2015

Small tweaks all the Cardinals need this offseason

The Cardinals will open the 2015 season as the two-time defending National League champions and are likely to look fairly similar to the club that captured the most recent of those titles.

With a rotation coming back in full and lineup of returning position players, the Cardinals are expected to spend the next few months looking to complement rather than overhaul. General manager John Mozeliak recently described the organization's position as "opportunistic" -- the same word he used leading into the winter a year ago.

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Molina, Wainwright finalists to be repeat Gold Glove winners

Molina, Wainwright finalists to be repeat Gold Glove winners

Catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Adam Wainwright, both Gold Glove winners in the National League last season, have again been named finalists for the annual defensive award. Rawlings announced the three league finalists at each position on Thursday, and among Cardinals players, only Molina and Wainwright made the cut.

The winners will be revealed on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CT on Nov. 4. At that time, voting for the Platinum Glove -- given to the best overall defender in each league -- will commence. The Platinum Glove winners will be unveiled at the Gold Glove Awards dinner on Nov. 7.

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Navy grad, Cards farmhand Harris finally pursuing MLB dream

After serving his country, Cardinals farmhand playing in AFL

Navy grad, Cards farmhand Harris finally pursuing MLB dream

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For five years, Mitch Harris sailed around the world and watched his dreams of playing professional baseball grow even more remote than the exotic locales he visited.

Harris, a pitcher and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, traveled to South America, the Middle East and Russia as a weapons officer, serving his country in wartime and keeping a not-so-secret ambition in his back pocket. Some day, he thought, he'd love to give baseball his best shot.

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Despite NLCS loss, Cards happy to be in 'Final Four'

Wainwright led strong pitching staff with second career 20-win season

Despite NLCS loss, Cards happy to be in 'Final Four'

ST. LOUIS -- Based solely on the endpoint, the Cardinals essentially did as most expected them to in 2014, a year in which they entered as overwhelming favorites to repeat as National League Central champions. It was the route in which they got there, however, that went largely off course.

A season that Mike Matheny recently described as the most challenging of his three as manager was indeed adversity-laden, despite the fact that the Cardinals finished as one of just three NL teams with 90 wins. Injuries to key players took their toll, and the offense never clicked for extended periods. That's why it took until September for the Cardinals to sit atop the NL Central alone, bumping the Brewers after their 150-day stay.

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Cardinals may gain Spring Training neighbors, stay in Jupiter

Cardinals may gain Spring Training neighbors, stay in Jupiter

The Cardinals appear on the verge of gaining two new spring neighbors, as the Board of County Commissioners in Palm Beach County, Fla., approved financing for the Nationals and Astros to build a Spring Training facility in the county on Tuesday. The organizations now have 90 days to select a site for the complex, which will be a close commute for the Cardinals, who share a Spring Training facility with the Marlins in Jupiter.

The Cardinals, who have trained at Roger Dean Stadium since 1998, have a lease at their current facility that runs through 2027. However, the club also had an out clause in that lease that it could have exercised had any of the other three teams along Florida's East coast -- the Nationals, Mets or Marlins -- moved away. Though the Cardinals were not looking to leave, an exodus of additional teams may have left them little choice but to look elsewhere because of team travel concerns.

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Cardinals prioritize upgrading bench, bullpen

St. Louis to rely on returning players to fill rotation, everyday spots

Cardinals prioritize upgrading bench, bullpen

ST. LOUIS -- Describing the organization's offseason strategy as opportunistic, general manager John Mozeliak is expected to seek bullpen and bench depth this offseason, while relying on returning players to fill the rotation and starting position player spots.

"When you look at our overall club for next year, we feel pretty comfortable with where we're at," Mozeliak said. "But we certainly want to make some needed adjustments if possible."

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Jay to have wrist surgery; Yadi, Waino prescribed rest

Cards expect center fielder to resume offseason routine after 6-8 weeks

Jay to have wrist surgery; Yadi, Waino prescribed rest

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals intend to tender Jon Jay, a second-year arbitration-eligible player, a contract this winter and have him open the season as the team's starting center fielder. But before any of that happens, Jay will have his left wrist scoped in order to address an injury that occurred about three months ago.

General manager John Mozeliak, speaking at an end-of-the-season media debriefing, made that announcement on Monday while also providing updates on others recovering from injury. Jay is the only player currently scheduled to have an offseason procedure. After Wednesday's scope, he is expected to need 6-8 weeks to recover before resuming a normal offseason training program.

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With RF unsettled, Cards think Taveras can step up

Grichuk, Piscotty other options for St. Louis in right field

With RF unsettled, Cards think Taveras can step up

ST. LOUIS -- The only truly unsettled spot as the Cardinals begin to project their eight starting position players for next spring is right field, though it is also a position that the organization believes can be filled internally.

The Cardinals will consider Randal Grichuk, Oscar Taveras and Stephen Piscotty for that right-field job, with 2014 performance, completion of offseason goals and Spring Training all factoring into the decision. Piscotty is the only one of the three not to have cracked the Major League roster this season.

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Cards expect full coaching staff to return

ST. LOUIS -- Unless any of manager Mike Matheny's coaches choose to take a position elsewhere, the Cardinals anticipate retaining their full coaching staff for 2015. Most members of the staff are already under contract for next season, and general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Monday that any who aren't will be offered an opportunity to return.

If the Cardinals were to bring back their entire coaching staff, it would be a first since Matheny assumed the managerial seat. He had to replace hitting coaches before both the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

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Cardinals' season ends in heartbreak by the Bay

Wacha allows walk-off homer to Ishikawa in Game 5 loss to Giants

Cardinals' season ends in heartbreak by the Bay

SAN FRANCISCO -- It took nine postseason games for the Cardinals to carry a lead into the seventh inning, a feat finally accomplished on Thursday. But their inability to make it hold for another nine outs cost them the chance to take this National League Championship Series home and left them to again watch the Giants hoist the NL pennant.

For the second time in three Octobers, the Cardinals' quest for a World Series championship stalled at AT&T Park, a venue where the Cardinals have now lost six straight playoff games. Their 90-win season -- one in which they secured a second straight NL Central title by overcoming several key injuries and an inconsistent offense -- ended with a 6-3 walk-off loss in Game 5, as Travis Ishikawa's three-run homer into Levi's Landing off reliever Michael Wacha sent the sellout crowd into a frenzy and the Giants back to the World Series for the third time in five seasons.

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In must-win Game 5, Wainwright returns to form

St. Louis ace departs with lead after seven innings, but bullpen can't preserve it

In must-win Game 5, Wainwright returns to form

SAN FRANCISCO -- Facing elimination, the Cardinals handed the ball to their ace on Thursday without any hint of trepidation, even though he's scuffled during these playoffs.

But in Game 5 at AT&T Park, and with the Cards needing a victory to stay alive in the National League Championship Series against the Giants, Adam Wainwright looked like his old self.

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Put in 'tough spot,' Wacha allows series-ending homer

Cardinals manager Matheny says he wasn't afraid to send righty to mound in ninth inning

Put in 'tough spot,' Wacha allows series-ending homer

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nineteen days had come and gone without Michael Wacha throwing a meaningful pitch before he stepped into the center of the baseball universe on Thursday to throw the most important pitches of the Cardinals' season. One hundred and seventy-one more days will pass before Opening Day 2015, leaving plenty of time to dissect whether the Cardinals made the right choice.

"I can imagine a lot of people are going to second-guess how he was used and why," general manager John Mozeliak said after Wacha and the Cardinals were eliminated with a 6-3 loss to the Giants in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run. "But this guy, what he's shown and what he's done in the past, he wanted this opportunity. Unfortunately, it just didn't work out for him.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cardinals proud of fourth straight NLCS appearance

Club overcame multiple injuries, lack of power to reach familiar spot in October

Cardinals proud of fourth straight NLCS appearance

SAN FRANCISCO -- By their nature, long baseball seasons always end abruptly for the good teams that play their way into October, and for more than 100 years, when the final pitch has been thrown and the clubhouse disappointment is heavy, the manager gathers his players to tell them to walk away proud. That is precisely the message Mike Matheny delivered to the final gathering of the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals late Thursday, after Travis Ishikawa's ninth-inning home run had found the seats, the Giants had danced their way into the World Series and the Cardinals' season had come to a sudden end.

Yet this brief address, Matheny said, felt a little different.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Adams takes another ace lefty deep in the postseason

After homering off Kershaw in the NLDS, Cards slugger belts one off Bumgarner in NLCS

Adams takes another ace lefty deep in the postseason

SAN FRANCISCO -- The sold-out crowd at AT&T Park was still abuzz on Thursday after Joe Panik gave the Giants a lead in the bottom of the third inning in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series with a two-run home run.

A lead with Madison Bumgarner on the mound in a clinch game at home? It all seemed like a smooth path to a World Series date with the Royals, didn't it?

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cruz fills in admirably for ailing Molina in Game 5

Backup catcher hits go-ahead homer before Giants rally to eliminate Cards

Cruz fills in admirably for ailing Molina in Game 5

SAN FRANCISCO -- Without a doubt, losing Yadier Molina to an oblique injury hurt the Cardinals during the National League Championship Series. The veteran catcher sat out the final three contests -- three losses on the road to the Giants.

But Tony Cruz, a backup catcher who has soaked up plenty from Molina in four years, did all he could in Thursday's 6-3 loss in Game 5 to make the Cards forget what they were missing.

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Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Dejected Jay appreciates season of resiliency

Outfielder one of the most reliable players on consistent Cards team

Dejected Jay appreciates season of resiliency

SAN FRANCISCO -- Shortly after the Cardinals' season-ending 6-3 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park on Thursday night, Jon Jay lay flat on his back in the visitors' clubhouse, displaying the exhaustion and disappointment of a man who played his heart out, but ultimately came up short.

A second straight trip to the Fall Classic was not in the cards this year for St. Louis, which dropped the National League Championship Series to San Francisco in five games. But it was not for a lack of inspired performance by Jay, one of nine current Cardinals who's been present for all four of the club's consecutive runs to the NLCS.

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Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Neshek leads list of Cards' five free agents

Without many holes to fill, GM Mozeliak may opt to not re-sign any players from the group

Neshek leads list of Cards' five free agents

SAN FRANCISCO -- Once the sting of this National League Championship Series loss to San Francisco passes, the Cardinals will reflect on how much they accomplished en route to a second straight division title in 2014. But they won't just be looking back. They'll also be looking ahead.

One hundred and seventy-one days sit between the 6-3 loss in Game 5 and Opening Day 2015, and the Cardinals will use those months to construct a club that they hope can get them back into October for a fifth straight year.

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MLB.com Columnist

Richard Justice

NLCS can't get any better -- until it does

Cardinals show scrappiness late, but in the end, Giants just have more

NLCS can't get any better -- until it does

SAN FRANCISCO -- Travis Ishikawa rounded the bases joyously, leaping and screaming, this most improbable story of the San Francisco Giants getting another stunning chapter.

Just when you think baseball's postseason can't possibly deliver again, it does, incredibly.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cardinals-Giants, NLCS Game 5: Did you know?

Cardinals-Giants, NLCS Game 5: Did you know?

For the second time in three games in the National League Championship Series, San Francisco walked off with a win over St. Louis. This time, Travis Ishikawa's three-run home run in the ninth inning propelled the Giants to a 6-3 win in Game 5 on Thursday night and a World Series matchup against the Royals.

Here's what you need to know about the Giants' win:

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Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Shaky sixth sinks Cardinals into 3-1 NLCS hole

Defensive miscues, Miller's short start help surrender early lead

Shaky sixth sinks Cardinals into 3-1 NLCS hole

SAN FRANCISCO -- Few teams played better defense than the Cardinals this season, yet it is a continuum of defensive mishaps by the club through the first four games of this National League Championship Series that has the defending NL champs on the precipice of having to hand over their crown.

Again undone by plays not made and hampered by a short Shelby Miller start and a generous 'pen, the Cardinals surrendered a three-run lead to the Giants, who scored five unanswered runs to steal a 6-4 Game 4 win on Wednesday night. The victory, which came in a packed AT&T Park, moves San Francisco a win away from knocking the Cardinals out of the NLCS for the second time in three years.

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Wong making a name for himself this postseason

All seven of Cardinals second baseman's hits have gone for extra bases

Wong making a name for himself this postseason

SAN FRANCISCO -- That short and compact swing that Kolten Wong keeps trying to replicate continues to produce big things for the Cardinals during this postseason.

The Cardinals' second baseman, small in stature but large on results, drilled two more extra-base hits in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday against the Giants, including his second home run of the series. It wasn't enough, however, as the Giants scored three runs in the decisive sixth inning, sending the Cardinals to a 6-4 loss and a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series, with Game 5 set for Thursday at 7:07 p.m. CT at AT&T Park.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

Yadi's absence not what's ailing Cardinals

Club's struggles against Giants have been due to supbar defense, ineffective pitching

Yadi's absence not what's ailing Cardinals

SAN FRANCISCO -- The St. Louis Cardinals cannot possibly be the same team without the services of catcher Yadier Molina. And yet, in the exalted realm of October baseball, this cannot be an all-purpose excuse.

In fact, the Cardinals are 0-2 in the National League Championship Series games in which Molina has been absent since he sustained a left oblique strain. But the way the Cardinals lost these two games did not point to Molina's absence as the chief culprit.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Defensive lapses are holding Cardinals back in NLCS

Eight of Giants' 18 runs in series have come without a hit

Defensive lapses are holding Cardinals back in NLCS

SAN FRANCISCO -- In a low voice to fit a pin-drop-quiet Cardinals clubhouse, Matt Adams made no excuses for two critical misplays. He should have made a better throw home. Adams said he should have checked a runner at third base. He should not have let Game 4 of this National League Championship Series, which is increasingly being defined by defensive lapses uncharacteristic of the Cards, slip from his grasp.

"We go out ready to play," Adams said after a 6-4 loss Wednesday night. "And things happen. You have to make the plays."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Miller's short start puts Cardinals in a bind

Starter staked to lead but runs into trouble early against Giants

Miller's short start puts Cardinals in a bind

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cardinals have spent very little time leading during the early innings this postseason, so when they established a three-run advantage in the third inning on Wednesday, it felt like a golden opportunity.

But starter Shelby Miller let the Giants right back into Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park and San Francisco completed its comeback in the sixth to win, 6-4, and put St. Louis one loss away from the offseason.

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Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cards' early-inning momentum halted by double plays

Peralta's rally-killers plus Adams' miscues open door for Giants

Cards' early-inning momentum halted by double plays

SAN FRANCISCO -- Given the way this October has gone so far for the Cardinals, their four-run output in the first three innings against the Giants on Wednesday night at AT&T Park felt like an offensive explosion. In eight prior playoff games, St. Louis had scored just three total runs during the first three frames.

But a three-run advantage proved insufficient in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, as San Francisco mounted a comeback and won, 6-4, to take a 3-1 series lead.

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Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Five things we learned from Game 4 of the NLCS

Five things we learned from Game 4 of the NLCS

SAN FRANCISCO -- They did it again, these mystifying, amazing, convention-defying Giants. They have the Cardinals on the brink of elimination with an offense seemingly comprised of smoke, mirrors and Muhammad Ali's old act. They float like butterflies and sting like bees.

The Giants' 6-4 verdict in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series for a 3-1 lead was baffling on the face of it. San Francisco had one extra-base hit -- Gregor Blanco's leadoff double in the first off the glove of center fielder Jon Jay -- when it overcame a one-run deficit with three sixth-inning runs. Another double would come from Brandon Crawford in the seventh. The Cards' defense caved, but that's what can happen when pressure is applied.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cardinals-Giants, NLCS Game 4: Did you know?

Cardinals-Giants, NLCS Game 4: Did you know?

San Francisco rode six innings of shutout relief and a three-run sixth inning to win, 6-4, on Wednesday night and take a commanding 3-1 series lead over St. Louis.

Here's what you need to know about the Giants' win heading into Game 5:

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Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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