Matheny 'nowhere near' naming OD starter

Wainwright, Martinez likely candidates to take hill for April 2 opener

Matheny 'nowhere near' naming OD starter

JUPITER, Fla. -- Those wondering who will take the mound in the Cardinals' season opener will have to sit tight a while longer before receiving an answer.

Manager Mike Matheny said that he is "nowhere near making that statement or that decision" when asked about potential candidates on Monday. The Cardinals begin their season with an April 2 home game against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

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Facility upgrades exciting Cards prez Dewitt

Facility upgrades exciting Cards prez Dewitt

JUPITER, Fla. -- Putting a twist on the focus of Presidents Day, cardinals.com caught up with team president Bill DeWitt III and offered him the opportunity to address the fan base on a variety of topics. He chose to talk about three areas in particular:

On Busch Stadium: "As usual, fans arriving on Opening Day in 2017 will notice many subtle and a couple big changes in the stadium, as we like to constantly keep the place state-of-the-art and responsive to evolving fan expectations. We are converting the party rooms on the 300 level into the Perficient Red Jacket Club, which is an all-inclusive area that pays tribute to Cardinals Hall of Famers who wear the red jackets at official functions."

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Ankiel admits to drinking before game to cope with 'yips'

Ankiel admits to drinking before game to cope with 'yips'

Longtime St. Louis Cardinals pitcher/outfielder Rick Ankiel admitted Monday in an interview plugging his new book that he drank vodka before the 2001 season opener to calm his nerves following his postseason meltdown in 2000.

Ankiel infamously threw five wild pitches in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Braves, and he followed that up with throwing five balls to the backstop in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series against the Mets. He also threw two wild pitches in relief in Game 5 of the NLCS.

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Fowler reaffirms comments regarding travel ban

New Cardinals center fielder's wife was born in Iran

Fowler reaffirms comments regarding travel ban

JUPITER, Fla. -- Dexter Fowler said on Monday that he stands by the statement he made to ESPN.com two days ago in which he discussed the effect on his family of President Donald Trump's executive order limiting travel to and from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Fowler's wife, Darya, was born in Iran, one of seven countries named in the executive order before it was blocked by the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Fowler told ESPN.com that such restrictions could preclude his family from traveling to visit relatives in Iran and that it has delayed his sister-in-law's return from a business trip to Qatar.

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Peralta not resting on his laurels

Recovered from thumb injury, third baseman back in groove

Peralta not resting on his laurels

JUPITER, Fla. -- With big league service that stretches back to 2003, Jhonny Peralta has lived the cycles of baseball seasons longer than anyone else in the St. Louis clubhouse. And yet, so much about the year ahead for him is cloaked in unfamiliarity.

Peralta has no guarantee of a starting job. He's no longer viewed as the solution at shortstop. There are questions about whether his offensive decline in 2016 had at least something to do with expected age regression. And there's the nearing uncertainty about his baseball future.

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Toe tap and all, Gant a versatile asset

Toe tap and all, Gant a versatile asset

JUPITER, Fla. -- John Gant didn't immediately make the connection several years ago when a fellow Mets Minor Leaguer started mimicking another by playing around with a delivery that featured an added toe tap and pause.

Gant watched, unaware of which pitcher was being imitated.

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Kelly always looking to learn behind the plate

MLB's top catching prospect is pursuing degree in economics during spring

Kelly always looking to learn behind the plate

JUPITER, Fla. -- The turning point for Carson Kelly came not from a conversation or physical adjustment, but rather through the words of a book recommended by his lockermate.

It was the summer of 2015, and though Kelly had taken quickly to the position change the Cards suggested two years earlier, he was floundering at the plate. Teammate Collin Radack, who had been promoted to Class A Advanced Palm Beach in mid-May, suggested Kelly turn to a book that had once helped him.

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Pioneer Flood changed economics of baseball

By challenging reserve clause, former All-Star set the stage for free agency

Pioneer Flood changed economics of baseball

ST. LOUIS -- There's likely no one in Cardinals history with a legacy more complex than Curt Flood, who sacrificed his standout career for a greater good from which he never personally benefited.

Flood remains one of the finest center fielders in franchise history. He joined the organization in 1958, won seven consecutive Gold Glove Awards beginning in '63, and he hit better than .300 in six of his 12 years with St. Louis. Flood was also a key contributor on the Cardinals' 1964 and '67 World Series championship clubs.

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Cards express optimism in opening message

Club focuses on proud tradition, high hopes for 2017

Cards express optimism in opening message

JUPITER, Fla. -- With a nod to the organization's storied history and nary a mention of their rival to the north, the Cardinals preceded their first full-squad workout of Spring Training with a team meeting Friday morning that was designed to set the tone and expectations for the year ahead.

For the first time since Mike Matheny took over as manager, the Cardinals have opened camp without the distinction of being the division favorite or reigning National League Central champs. Those designations now belong to the Cubs, who were intentionally missing from the first-day message.

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Fowler already making impact at Cards camp

Veteran outfielder's unique personality a hit among teammates

Fowler already making impact at Cards camp

JUPITER, Fla. -- The biggest impact made by new outfielder Dexter Fowler thus far could be heard, not seen, on the backfields of the team's spring complex Friday.

Fowler admitted that he was the one who suggested a portable speaker be set up so that players could conduct their workouts amid a variety of tunes. It added a new wrinkle to workouts, not before seen since Mike Matheny took over as manager.

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Players pumped for Glove Day at Cards camp

Getting new glove an exciting time for youngsters and veterans alike

Players pumped for Glove Day at Cards camp

JUPITER, Fla. -- Several players described the moment akin to Christmas morning as they dug into the duffle bags lined up behind the Cardinals' clubhouse to grab new gear Friday morning.

Wilson sent sports marketing director Scott Paulson and Shigeaki Aso, the company's glove guru, to Cardinals camp to distribute gloves to its players. Those who received their new gloves Friday included Jedd Gyorko, Jhonny Peralta, Kevin Siegrist, Lance Lynn, Mike Leake, John Gant, Edmundo Sosa and Todd Cunningham.

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Lyons progressing well following knee surgery

Cards lefty hopes to pitch in a few Grapefruit League games

Lyons progressing well following knee surgery

JUPITER, Fla. -- Though he's likely not going to be healthy enough to compete for an Opening Day roster spot, Tyler Lyons could be in position to contribute to the big league team sooner than initially expected.

The Cardinals expected Lyons to be sidelined for most of camp after undergoing right knee surgery in early November. The lefty is still limited in terms of activity, but he recently has added more leg exercises to his workouts and is already throwing off the mound.

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With injuries to pitchers, Baker in Cards' camp

Club voids non-roster invitee Flores' contract; Reyes has Tommy John surgery

With injuries to pitchers, Baker in Cards' camp

JUPITER, Fla. -- Injuries and a suspension have already sidelined three Cardinals pitchers in camp -- which is why, on Thursday, the club added another.

Corey Baker, 27, has moved into the Major League clubhouse and will take uniform No. 75. That jersey was slated to go to Corey Littrell before MLB announced that Littrell had been suspended 50 games for submitting a positive drug test.

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Cards' Reyes undergoes Tommy John surgery

No. 3 pitching prospect in MLB to miss season

Cards' Reyes undergoes Tommy John surgery

JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals top-ranked pitching prospect Alex Reyes will miss the 2017 season after an MRI revealed a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He had Tommy John surgery Thursday.

The news, which comes on the second day of camp, leaves the Cardinals with a shrinking pool of starting pitchers and facing a year ahead in which one of the early National League Rookie of the Year Award favorites will not take the mound. Reyes, 22, will require an estimated 12 to 18 months of rehab before returning to competition.

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Starter in Minors, Rosenthal may join rotation

With Reyes out, Wacha and Weaver also in mix for Cards' No. 5 spot

Starter in Minors, Rosenthal may join rotation

JUPITER, Fla. -- Though the Cardinals endured their first reality check of spring by learning that top prospect Alex Reyes will undergo Tommy John surgery and won't throw a pitch in 2017, this is an organization that recognizes that opportunity emerges through absence.

Six years ago, it was Kyle McClellan who got his first chance to start after Adam Wainwright required spring Tommy John surgery. Two years later, Shelby Miller earned his promotion to the Majors because Chris Carpenter couldn't pitch.

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Wacha, Matheny thrilled with righty's session

Cards vet feels healthy, ready to reclaim rotation spot

Wacha, Matheny thrilled with righty's session

JUPITER, Fla. -- After a winter's worth of work strengthening his body in an effort to try to prevent future shoulder issues, Michael Wacha took the mound Wednesday to showcase himself as healthy and ready to reclaim a rotation spot.

What followed was a strong first impression.

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Joe Posnanski

Despite optimism, Reyes dealt arduous challenge

Cards phenom no sure thing to reach stardom after Tommy John

Despite optimism, Reyes dealt arduous challenge

In the minutes after the sad news reverberated on Wednesday that St. Louis phenom Alex Reyes would have to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the year, there was a wave of forced optimism.

"Hey," we told each other, "Tommy John surgery is as common these days as having a tooth pulled."

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Prospect Littrell suspended 50 games

Lefty invited to Cards' camp as non-roster player

Prospect Littrell suspended 50 games

JUPITER, Fla. -- Though he received his first invite to Major League camp, left-hander Corey Littrell will not be making an appearance in the Cardinals' clubhouse this spring.

Littrell incurred a 50-game suspension for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by submitting a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

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Phil Rogers

Reyes' injury starts Cards' camp on sour note

Reyes' injury starts Cards' camp on sour note

No, thanks. We'll take a mulligan. This isn't how anyone wanted to start Spring Training.

The Cardinals' announced Wednesday morning that Alex Reyes has a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will require Tommy John surgery. That's real bad.

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Cards going back to basics for start of spring

Matheny placing emphasis on fundamentals early in camp

Cards going back to basics for start of spring

JUPITER, Fla. -- Manager Mike Matheny borrowed a line from his predecessor Tony La Russa while addressing the Cardinals' gathered group of pitchers and catchers ahead of their first official Spring Training workout on Tuesday.

"You start," Matheny said, "at zero."

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Cardinals win arbitration case against Wacha

Right-hander had career-high 5.09 ERA in 27 appearances last season

Cardinals win arbitration case against Wacha

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals earned their first win of spring on Tuesday by finishing on the right end of an arbitration panel's decision regarding Michael Wacha's 2017 salary.

The Cardinals hadn't been in a hearing room to settle an arbitration stalemate since 1999, but the club decided a month ago that it would take its case with Wacha that far. The arbiters heard competing presentations from Wacha and the Cardinals on Monday before determining that Wacha would receive $2.775 million, the figure submitted by the Cardinals. Wacha had been arguing for a salary of $3.2 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

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Metallica to rock Busch Stadium in June

Metallica to rock Busch Stadium in June

JUPITER, Fla. -- Heavy metal band Metallica has scheduled a concert stop at Busch Stadium for June 4, the Cardinals announced on Monday. It will be the group's first show in St. Louis in nearly nine years.

"As one of the most influential hard-rock bands of all time who has been performing for over three decades, this promises to be one of the most electrified concerts in our ballpark's history," said Vicki Bryant, Cardinals vice president of event services and merchandising.

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Trek toward postseason starts as spring arrives

Cardinals look for improvement from returning players, influence from newcomers

Trek toward postseason starts as spring arrives

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Cardinals squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.

JUPITER, Fla. -- On the heels of the longest offseason they've had in seven years, the Cardinals are eager to open camp this week, and they will do so with sights set on a different finish than the one that disappointed them last year.

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Cards enter Spring Training with deep roster

Fowler, Carpenter, Diaz highlight versatile lineup

Cards enter Spring Training with deep roster

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com takes a look at a different aspect of this year's Cardinals squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster.

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals like to conjure up spring competition, believing that giving players positions or roles to fight for enhances the focus and intensity of work during camp. The way the organization built its roster this offseason, however, doesn't lend itself to much of that competition occurring organically.

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Cardinals confident in bullpen core

Cecil addition one of few offseason changes necessary for solid unit

Cardinals confident in bullpen core

This is the final installment of a six-part Around the Horn series that is taking a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starters and backup options heading into the 2017 season. Up next: the bullpen.

Around the Horn: Catcher | Corner infield | Middle infield | Outfield | Starting rotation

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