Wainwright has torn Achilles, out 9-12 months

Wainwright has torn Achilles, out 9-12 months

ST. LOUIS -- Two days after Adam Wainwright hobbled off the field at Miller Park, an MRI confirmed that the Cardinals' ace suffered a torn left Achilles and will miss the rest of the 2015 season.

Wainwright, who was not at the ballpark on Monday, gathered multiple doctors' opinions earlier in the day before accepting the news that he won't pitch again this year. He's likely to undergo surgery on Thursday, and general manager John Mozeliak estimated that a rehab and recovery time of 9-12 months will follow.

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Lackey takes hard-luck loss as Cards stifled

Lackey takes hard-luck loss as Cards stifled

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies ace Cole Hamels is getting plenty of attention this season because of his availability in a trade. He showed Monday night in a 4-1 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium why he should have plenty of pursuers before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Hamels allowed four hits, one run, four walks and struck out nine in seven innings as he improved to 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA.

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Yadier returns to Cardinals' lineup; Heyward out

Yadier returns to Cardinals' lineup; Heyward out

ST. LOUIS -- After missing two games while nursing soreness in his right knee, Yadier Molina returned behind the plate for the Cardinals on Monday. Right fielder Jason Heyward, who suffered a left groin strain on Sunday, did not join him on the field, though Heyward's absence is also expected to be brief.

Heyward had a consultation with the team's medical staff on Monday and was cleared for all on-field activity. Manager Mike Matheny said he intended to give Heyward a day off amid this stretch of 20 games in 20 days anyway, which made it an easy decision to make Monday that day.

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What's the plan for rotation without Waino?

Gonzales or Garcia could fill spot if they return to full health

What's the plan for rotation without Waino?

ST. LOUIS -- As the Cardinals are forced to face the reality of playing out the rest of the 2015 season without Adam Wainwright, attention now turns to filling his vacant spot in the rotation.

Internally, the two most attractive candidates are lefties Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia, though neither is ready to fill in immediately. Garcia, who had to stop throwing in late March due to shoulder tightness, is scheduled to throw his second simulated game on Thursday. If all goes well, he'll be in line to pitch in an extended spring game next.

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STL recreates Reynolds catch with crime scene outline

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STL recreates Reynolds catch with crime scene outline

In the middle of Sunday's game against the Brewers, Cardinals left-fielder Mark Reynolds tracked a deep fly ball back to the warning track. He appeared to have a beat on it, and all seemed to be well. 

Then, um, this happened: 

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Off to 3-0 start, Wacha takes on Phillies

Off to 3-0 start, Wacha takes on Phillies

Phillies right-hander Severino Gonzalez makes his big league debut Tuesday night against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

The Phillies hope the rookie can keep his cool against one of the best teams in the National League. Gonzalez, 22, is ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Phillies' No. 15 prospect. He went 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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Phil Rogers

Cards need to accept life without Wainwright

Onus on Mozeliak to find a way to replace ace's productivity

Cards need to accept life without Wainwright

Talk about a body blow. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost Adam Wainwright to a left Achilles tendon injury. They found out just how bad it was on Monday, when an MRI revealed a tear and that they would be playing without him for the remainder of the season.

What a buzzkill -- not just for the Cardinals, but for all of us. Wainwright's competitive spirit and skill on the mound are traits you hope to find in every pitcher but only get in the very best. He's a leader who understands how he connects with fans and everyone around the game, which adds value that can't be measured.

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Inability to get down bunt haunts Cardinals

Lackey strikes out in third inning while attempting to move Jay to second

Inability to get down bunt haunts Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- Four innings before the Phillies set up their game-winning rally with a sacrifice bunt, the Cardinals stalled one of their own by lacking the same execution. It loomed large, too, in the team's eventual 4-1 loss to Philadelphia to open an 11-game homestand.

Cards starter John Lackey, who has one of the rotation's two successful sacrifices this season, couldn't lay one down with Jon Jay at first in the third inning of a scoreless game. Phillies starter Cole Hamels mixed in curves, cutters and changeups to challenge the attempt.

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Southpaws remain an issue for Adams at the plate

Southpaws remain an issue for Adams at the plate

ST. LOUIS -- The sample size remains small and the opportunities scarce, but the early returns on Matt Adams' chances to hit left-handed pitchers haven't generated any evidence that results this year will be different than last.

Questions about Adams' ability to hit lefties, against whom he batted .190/.231/.298 with three homers in 121 at-bats last year, led the Cardinals to pursue Mark Reynolds as a right-handed-hitting complement. Nevertheless, the Cardinals opened the season wanting to give Adams opportunities, as it's the only way to evaluate his potential as a long-term everyday player.

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Lynn can't contain Crew as lineup strands 14 in loss

Lynn can't contain Crew as lineup strands 14 in loss

MILWAUKEE -- Featuring a lineup without Ryan Braun or Aramis Ramirez, the Brewers broke out of their recent funk to salvage the final game of their homestand with a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals at Miller Park on Sunday.

All six runs came off Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, who had allowed just three earned runs in his previous three starts. But Milwaukee slugged six extra-base hits against him, including an RBI triple from Gerardo Parra, a two-run homer from Adam Lind and consecutive run-scoring doubles by Khris Davis and Elian Herrera. Those doubles came in a three-run fifth that padded what had been a two-run Brewers' lead. The six extra-base hits tied a season high, while the half a dozen runs marked the second-largest output by Milwaukee's offense this year.

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Lineup's myriad of missed chances stand out in loss

Cards match season-high 13 hits, leave 14 runners on base

Lineup's myriad of missed chances stand out in loss

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals matched their season high with 13 hits against the Brewers on Sunday, yet, just as they did the last time they reached that mark, they were unable to parlay the parade of baserunners into a win.

St. Louis dropped its series finale in Milwaukee, 6-3, while stranding 14 runners on base and wasting myriad opportunities with runners in scoring position. Several of those came early, too, with the Cardinals leaving two aboard in the first and the bases full in each of the next two innings against Brewers starter Mike Fiers.

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Phil Rogers

With Waino out, Danks a trade fit for Cardinals

With Waino out, Danks a trade fit for Cardinals

CHICAGO -- With apologies to John Mozeliak and Rick Hahn, there's a possible trade sitting on the tee like a brand new Titleist.

Maybe they're talking about it, but probably they're not. So here goes. Let's give it a rip and get the ball rolling.

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Cards hope to leave injury bug behind after painful series

Heyward 3rd player to exit with in-game injury in Milwaukee

Cards hope to leave injury bug behind after painful series

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals' bus pulled out of Miller Park on Sunday night and headed to the airport, where players and staff were to board a plane bound for St. Louis.

They couldn't take flight soon enough.

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Cards call up Stanley, who gets first big league hit

Molina, nursing knee injury, hopeful for Monday return

Cards call up Stanley, who gets first big league hit

MILWAUKEE -- Because they won't need a rotation replacement until Thursday, the Cardinals used Adam Wainwright's placement on the disabled list Sunday to fortify another area of the club.

With Yadier Molina still nursing a tight right knee -- the result of being hit on the knee by a foul tip in Friday's game -- the Cardinals added Cody Stanley to the 25-man roster before their series finale against the Brewers. Stanley, who opened the season with Triple-A Memphis, landed in Milwaukee about 90 minutes before first pitch.

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Harris' Major League debut worth the wait

Righty is the first graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to play in the Majors since 1921

Harris' Major League debut worth the wait

MILWAUKEE -- As he sat on the bullpen bench watching Adam Wainwright get helped off the field, Mitch Harris received the summons he's been waiting on for so long. He called the circumstances "bittersweet," but with his debut on Saturday, Harris became the first graduate of the United States Naval Academy since Nemo Gaines in 1921 to appear in a Major League game.

Harris, who was called up on Tuesday, threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the Cardinals' 5-3 win over Milwaukee. He struck out the first batter he faced, Adam Lind, and will go home with the ball he threw past the Brewers cleanup hitter.

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Wong, Holliday lead Cards to win after Wainwright injury

Wong, Holliday lead Cards to win after Wainwright injury

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals lost Adam Wainwright to an ankle injury after four innings but won another ballgame, 5-3 over the Brewers, and opened a 10-game gap between the top and bottom teams in the National League Central.

Kolten Wong tripled home a run and scored on an error in the second inning, and Matt Holliday hit three-run home run in the seventh as St. Louis won for the ninth time in 10 games. The Brewers snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak against the Cardinals by scoring three runs in the eighth, but lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

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Naval Academy graduate makes Cardinals debut

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Naval Academy graduate makes Cardinals debut

When Mitch Harris took the mound for the Cardinals in the fifth inning of their matchup against the Brewers on Saturday, he was about to do something that hadn't been done since 1921: throw an MLB pitch as a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

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Walden's early workload not a concern for Cardinals

Walden's early workload not a concern for Cardinals

MILWAUKEE -- With his 12-pitch appearance on Friday, Cardinals reliever Jordan Walden became the Majors' first reliever to appear in his 11th game this year. He did so within the team's first 15 games, too, which raises the question of whether the Cardinals are growing concerned about potential early-season overuse.

Manager Mike Matheny said that, for now, the answer is largely a no. He noted that Walden has had an adequate number of days off -- some built into the schedule, others determined by the club after multiple days of work -- to justify the continued calls.

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Garcia throws simulated game in extended spring training

Garcia throws simulated game in extended spring training

MILWAUKEE -- Left-hander Jaime Garcia threw 44 pitches in 3 1/3 innings during a simulated game on Saturday, general manager John Mozeliak announced. It marked the first time Garcia has simulated a multiple-inning appearance since he threw an 80-pitch simulated game on March 24.

The Cardinals had to halt Garcia's throwing program soon after due to left shoulder soreness. Garcia has been slowly building back arm strength this month in extended spring training and will throw another simulated game on Thursday, during which he'll try to increase his pitch count. He also has a side session scheduled for Monday.

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Ozzie, Rickey, Jenkins and Tiant enter Hall of Game

Talented class of players embody passion of Negro Leagues

Ozzie, Rickey, Jenkins and Tiant enter Hall of Game

KANSAS CITY -- Ozzie Smith's patented backflip was the perfect maneuver to help him stick the landing in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's "Hall of Game" class of 2015.

Now in its second year, the Hall of Game is for former Major League players who not only did great things on the field, but also exhibited the flair and passion reminiscent of the Negro Leagues players. Joining Smith on Saturday in the Hall of Game induction class were Rickey Henderson, Ferguson Jenkins and Luis Tiant.

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Cardinals watching Martinez grow in dominant rotation

Cardinals watching Martinez grow in dominant rotation

MILWAUKEE -- Though designated a fifth starter by rotation order alone, right-hander Carlos Martinez has hardly shown himself a weak link in a Cardinals rotation that has soared to the best start of any staff in the Majors.

With Martinez's scoreless effort in the team's 3-0 win over Milwaukee on Friday, the rotation ERA dipped to 2.06, more than a half run lower than any other starting five. Confident they had anchors atop the rotation with Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn, the Cardinals have watched as Michael Wacha (1.33 ERA) and Martinez (1.35 ERA) have outpitched both now three times through the rotation.

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Martinez stifles Brewers behind pair of dingers

Martinez stifles Brewers behind pair of dingers

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals continued to feel right at home at Miller Park, as Jason Heyward and Jhonny Peralta homered and Carlos Martinez pitched seven scoreless innings for a 3-0 win over the Brewers on Friday.

Martinez scattered four hits and struck out eight for the Cardinals' 24th victory in their last 33 games here dating to the second half of 2011, including wins in two of the three games at Miller Park during that year's National League Championship Series. The Brewers have not won a series on their home turf against the Cardinals since '12.

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For Siegrist, decreased velocity working just fine

For Siegrist, decreased velocity working just fine

MILWAUKEE -- After investing in various mechanical changes this spring, lefty Kevin Siegrist has opened the season with numbers reminiscent of those he posted during a sensational 2013 season. Siegrist is getting those results, however, with a much different look.

Entering Friday, over seven scoreless appearances, in which Siegrist has allowed five baserunners in six innings, he's averaged a fastball velocity of 92.7, according to Fangraphs.com. That's a few ticks below where he was in 2013 (95.2 mph) and '14 (94.2).

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Cards option Anna as Bourjos returns

St. Louis going with eight-man bullpen

Cards option Anna as Bourjos returns

MILWAUKEE -- Choosing to stick with an eight-man bullpen for at least a while longer, the Cardinals optioned infielder Dean Anna to Triple-A Memphis on Friday to create roster room for outfielder Peter Bourjos, who is returning from paternity leave.

Anna, who joined the team last weekend when Randal Grichuk went on the disabled list, made one pinch-hit appearance during his stay. His departure leaves the Cards with a four-man bench until further notice.

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Wacha goes to 3-0 on season after outdueling Scherzer

Wacha goes to 3-0 on season after outdueling Scherzer

WASHINGTON -- Cardinals righty Michael Wacha improved to 3-0 on the season as he outlasted and outdueled Max Scherzer in St. Louis' 4-1 win at Nationals Park on Thursday.

Both pitchers were strong in their respective seven-inning starts, though Scherzer shouldered the loss, his second this season despite allowing just four earned runs over 28 2/3 innings. The Cardinals ambushed him for a first-inning run when Matt Carpenter and Jason Heyward opened the game with first-pitch hits. Carpenter scored on a wild pitch, though Scherzer then steadied and went on to retire 15 batters over his next 53 pitches.

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Wacha shows off expanded repertoire to defeat elite foes

Cards pitcher finding success by incorporating cutter, curveball

Wacha shows off expanded repertoire to defeat elite foes

WASHINGTON -- After taking down a Cy Young runner-up (Johnny Cueto) in his first two starts, Cardinals starter Michael Wacha outpitched a Cy Young winner (Max Scherzer) in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Nationals, while quietly building a case for his own inclusion in the discussion of the league's elite starters.

He's not there yet, largely because he lacks the longevity of success that either of those pitchers has attained. But in showcasing an expanded pitch repertoire, Wacha is positioning himself to be on his way. He limited the Nationals to one run on five hits while striking out a season-high six and teasing with a curveball that manager Mike Matheny later described as "nasty" and a cutter that is allowing him to navigate through innings more efficiently.

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