Jay ready for rehab stint with Class A Peoria

Cards target Friday for center fielder's return from DL

Jay ready for rehab stint with Class A Peoria

ST. LOUIS -- Though Jon Jay is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, the Cardinals will first send the center fielder out on a short Minor League rehab assignment to work on the timing of his swing and ensure that his wrist has been strengthened by time off and exercise.

Jay will begin that rehab assignment with Class A Peoria on Tuesday, general manager John Mozeliak announced Monday before the team's series opener against Arizona. Jay will play two or three games there and, as long as he incurs no setbacks, be activated on Friday. At that time, the Cardinals may consider returning to a five-man bench for the first time in more than a month.

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Harris' journey from Navy to Majors captivates

Cards reliever, fan favorite excited for opportunity in bigs with Memorial Day on deck

Harris' journey from Navy to Majors captivates

NEW YORK -- Mitch Harris expected the attention. He welcomed it really, since it would shine attention on the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. What he didn't anticipate, however, was how much his story would resonate.

Since joining the Cardinals one month ago, the 29-year-old rookie reliever has been the most sought-after interview in the clubhouse. His unprecedented journey from US Naval Academy graduate to Navy Lieutenant to Major League pitcher has captivated more than just fans of his team.

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Cards' scouts wrapping up Draft prep work

ST. LOUIS -- With just two weeks remaining before the First-Year Player Draft, the Cardinals' scouting department is in the middle of holding its usual regional workouts and meetings as the preparation winds down. The workouts give new scouting director Chris Correa and several area scouts a final opportunity to look at Draft-eligible talent.

Correa traveled to Florida late last week to hold the first of those workouts and visit with his scouts from the Southeast regions. He was en route to California on Monday to hold another such meeting and workout for his West Coast scouts in Los Angeles this week. That will be followed by stops in Houston to visit with his Midwest scouting team and Baltimore, where the East region will be covered.

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La Russa's loyalty undivided in St. Louis

D-backs chief baseball officer pulling for current team in former home

La Russa's loyalty undivided in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- There are a lot of great memories for Tony La Russa in this town from his long tenure as Cardinals manager, but as D-backs chief baseball officer, he will not have any divided loyalties during the three-game series.

"I think when you look at their record and our record, we need the wins more than they do," La Russa said. "So that's an easy reminder that this is all about the Diamondbacks winning the series, respecting them, but you know it's that practiced state of mind. You can look back sometimes at your leisure and enjoy the memories and see past relationships, but when you're in the moment like in the game, it's a good kind of distraction, you clear it all out. I won't have any trouble pulling for the Diamondbacks today."

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Wacha, Carpenter pull Cards out of funk

Wacha, Carpenter pull Cards out of funk

KANSAS CITY -- Michael Wacha and Matt Carpenter have been models of stability all season for the Cardinals.

So, when the club hit its first real bump in the road with a three-game losing streak, it figured that Wacha and Carpenter would be two of the main guys to help put St. Louis back on a smooth course.

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Carpenter's homer gives him 500 hits, 300 runs

Carpenter's homer gives him 500 hits, 300 runs

KANSAS CITY -- With his sixth-inning homer on Sunday, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hit a couple of milestones. It marked Carpenter's 500th Major League hit and 300th run scored.

But it was the 6-1 win over the Royals and not the milestones that Carpenter was focused on.

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Wacha moves to 7-0 with gem in KC

Wacha moves to 7-0 with gem in KC

KANSAS CITY -- Michael Wacha allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings and Matt Carpenter delivered a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to a 6-1 victory over the Royals on Sunday, preventing Kansas City from sweeping the three-game I-70 Series.

Wacha, 7-0, was given a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI hits by Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams. An RBI single by Salvador Perez in the fifth chipped the Kansas City deficit to 2-1, but Carpenter then gave Wacha some breathing room with his two-run blast in the sixth off Royals starter Yordano Ventura, who allowed four runs on five hits while striking out seven in seven innings.

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Gonzales' injury resurfaces at Triple-A

Gonzales' injury resurfaces at Triple-A

ST. LOUIS -- Left-hander Marco Gonzales will miss Monday's scheduled start with Triple-A Memphis after again feeling tightness around his left pectoral muscle while throwing on flat ground Saturday.

It's the same issue that sidelined Gonzales after his April 20 start, though the lefty was back on the mound by May 9 and has made three starts since. In his most recent outing on Tuesday, Gonzales struck out seven and allowed one run in six innings. He did not report feeling any discomfort in that start.

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Already-thin Cards scratch Holliday

Already-thin Cards scratch Holliday

KANSAS CITY -- Matt Holliday was a game-time scratch from the Cardinals' lineup on Sunday due to a left forearm contusion. Holliday suffered the contusion Saturday night in the fifth inning when he was hit by a Edinson Volquez pitch.

"Matt got hit in the exact same spot where [Corey] Kluber hit him [on May 13]," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He got treatment all day and hopefully he'll be good tomorrow."

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Lackey solid, but Cards can't get timely hits

Lackey solid, but Cards can't get timely hits

KANSAS CITY -- Pitching and power. It's a combination that has served the Cardinals well this season, but the Royals have taken that winning formula away from them in the opening two games of the I-70 Series.

In a 3-2 loss to Kansas City in a rain-shortened 5 1/2-inning game on Saturday, early power by the opposition doomed the Cards for the second consecutive day. John Lackey surrendered a two-run homer to Alex Gordon in the second inning and the Royals had the lead for good.

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Cardinals can't weather storm in I-70 rematch

Cardinals can't weather storm in I-70 rematch

KANSAS CITY -- Alex Gordon drilled a two-run homer and Edinson Volquez pitched six strong innings as the Royals held on for a 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday in a rain-shortened game that ended after 5 1/2 innings.

Rain began shortly after the game started and stayed steady throughout. Then with the Royals about to bat in the sixth, crew chief Brian Gorman signaled for the tarp. The forecast was for rain to continue steadily throughout the night and through Sunday.

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Holliday closing in on Cards' on-base mark

Holliday closing in on Cards' on-base mark

KANSAS CITY -- Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hasn't had a hit or a walk in the first two games of the I-70 Series, but he's still bearing down on Albert Pujols' club on-base record.

When Holliday was hit by an Edinson Volquez pitch in the fifth inning in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Royals, it extended Holliday's on-base streak to 40 games.

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Lynn on track for next start against D-backs

Lynn on track for next start against D-backs

KANSAS CITY -- One day after he labored through six innings with back cramps, Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn said he felt normal for a day after a start.

"Just normal soreness," Lynn said.

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Lynn, Cards burned by long balls in I-70 clash

Lynn, Cards burned by long balls in I-70 clash

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Chris Young continued his amazing stretch as a fill-in starter with six shutout innings, and Kendrys Morales hit two homers and drove in five runs as the Royals cruised to a 5-0 win over the cross-state rival Cardinals in the I-70 Series opener on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals now have won four straight and six of seven, and they also now own the best record in baseball at 27-14.

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Holliday extends on-base streak in I-70 loss

Holliday extends on-base streak in I-70 loss

KANSAS CITY -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is managing Matt Holliday for the long haul, and that's why Holliday served as the designated hitter in Friday night's 5-0 loss to the Royals.

Holliday went 0-for-4, but he did manage to keep his on-base streak going. He was hit by a Ryan Madson pitch in the eighth inning and has now reached base in 39 consecutive games. Albert Pujols set the club record with 42 in 2008.

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Lynn labors while dealing with back cramps

Lynn labors while dealing with back cramps

KANSAS CITY -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny could tell from the outset that right-hander Lance Lynn simply wasn't his usual self as he delivered first-inning pitches to Royals' hitters. Lynn was constantly behind in the count and not cutting the ball loose the way he normally does.

"Something just didn't look right," said Matheny, who made an early trip to the mound accompanied by a trainer.

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Garcia flashes signature movement in return

Cards lefty walks five, but hurls seven solid innings to make case for No. 5 spot

Garcia flashes signature movement in return

NEW YORK -- The Cardinals may have been seeking better than the series split they got with Thursday's 5-0 loss to the Mets. But they departed New York with potentially a bigger long-term find.

The search for a fifth starter turned to Jaime Garcia, who, making his first start in 11 months, went seven innings while flashing the movement that has long made his pitches so hard for hitters to pick up. Though Garcia had to tiptoe around five walks and five hits, the 102-pitch effort only boosted the Cardinals' optimism that the left-hander could be a fit in what has been a glaring rotation hole.

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Grichuk races to make diving grab, turns DP

Cards center fielder reaches top speed of 20.131 mph as tracked by Statcast

Grichuk races to make diving grab, turns DP

NEW YORK -- Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk, a Gold Glove Award winner in the Minors, continued his standout defensive series with a diving catch to initiate a double play in the second inning of Thursday's game against the Mets.

Though the Cardinals ended up losing, 5-0, Grichuk laid out to keep John Mayberry Jr.'s line drive to left-center off lefty starter Jaime Garcia from falling in a scoreless game. And if the diving catch alone wasn't enough for the highlight reel, Grichuk hopped up and fired a throw to first baseman Matt Adams that doubled up Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer, who opened the inning with a walk, had already reached second when he saw Grichuk make the grab.

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Garcia solid in '15 debut, but Cards blanked by Mets

Garcia solid in '15 debut, but Cards blanked by Mets

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom's early-season rough patch has officially come to an end.

deGrom's eight shutout innings led the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon, giving the clubs a four-game series split and boosting the Mets to their fourth win in six games. Though St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia was also sharp in his first outing in 11 months, deGrom was better, striking out 11 Cardinals and holding them to one hit.

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Cards option Tuivailala, open spot for Garcia

Cards option Tuivailala, open spot for Garcia

NEW YORK -- Needing to open a spot on the 25-man roster for left-hander Jaime Garcia, the Cardinals optioned reliever Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis prior to Thursday's series finale at Citi Field. The move still leaves St. Louis with an eight-man bullpen.

Tuivailala, the 11th-ranked prospect in the Cardinals' farm system, joined the club on Sunday to help provide extra coverage in the 'pen, and he made two appearances against the Mets. He shouldered the loss on Monday after walking the first two batters he faced to open the 14th, but he returned to the mound the next night and pitched a scoreless frame. Tuivailala debuted a new cutter in that outing.

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Matheny working with players to schedule days off

Matheny working with players to schedule days off

NEW YORK -- As manager Mike Matheny tries to seek the best way to keep his position players fresh, he has made an adjustment this year in terms of how he is building in what he sees as necessary days off.

On a day in which he unplugged both left fielder Matt Holliday and catcher Yadier Molina from the lineup, Matheny explained on Thursday that he often looks as far as a week in advance to start scheduling those days off. That gives players an opportunity to see a break coming, but it also offers them a chance to discuss potentially swapping it for a different day based on matchup preferences or feeling.

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Sizzling Cards, Martinez shut out Mets

Sizzling Cards, Martinez shut out Mets

NEW YORK -- The Cardinals' offense continued to sizzle for a second straight night, smacking 14 hits to back starter Carlos Martinez in a 9-0 thumping of the Mets on Wednesday.

Martinez was stellar, tossing 6 1/3 shutout innings while striking out five to earn his fourth win. St. Louis was catapulted by a six-run fourth inning, during which Jason Heyward and Matt Adams hit long home runs off Mets starter Bartolo Colon.

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Tough month in the past, Martinez settles in

Tough month in the past, Martinez settles in

NEW YORK -- After navigating through various turns of the learning curve during his first three starts this month, Carlos Martinez settled himself considerably in Wednesday's 9-0 win over the Mets.

Martinez threw the first 6 1/3 innings of the team's fourth shutout of the season, just the second time in 16 career starts that he has not allowed a run. He needed Randal Grichuk's diving catch with the bases full in the third and Bartolo Colon's curious indecision about tagging up at third to keep the scoreboard empty, but otherwise ran into little trouble.

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Cards' offense 'clicking on all cylinders'

Cards' offense 'clicking on all cylinders'

NEW YORK -- After laboring to score one run over 14 innings in the series opener against the Mets, the Cardinals put together two of their biggest offensive performances of the season to ensure at least a series split. The runaway wins, including a 9-0 victory on Wednesday, also were key in helping a fatigued bullpen reset.

Unable to put together a six-run inning in their first 38 games, the Cardinals have now done so on back-to-back nights. Every starting position player reached base in both games, and both Kolten Wong and Matt Holliday tallied three hits in a game started by six-game winner Bartolo Colon.

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Cards go on the offensive in rout of Mets

Cards go on the offensive in rout of Mets

NEW YORK -- Strategizing against a lefty starting pitcher on Tuesday at Citi Field, the Cardinals opted to bench three of their best hitters -- all-left-handed -- on the same night.

They didn't seem to miss them.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.