Cardinals set rotation for first 4 spring games

Weaver gets opener with Mayers, Lynn and Wacha due in ensuing days

Cardinals set rotation for first 4 spring games

JUPITER, Fla. -- Manager Mike Matheny shut down the Cardinals' spring complex on Friday, allowing players to take the day off before returning for the start of the Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday.

When the Cards take the field for their Grapefruit League opener against the Marlins at 12:05 p.m. CT (in a game that will be shown live on MLB.TV), it will have been 147 days since the club was eliminated from postseason contention. Since then, there have been impactful additions (Dexter Fowler, Brett Cecil), notable subtractions (Matt Holliday, Brandon Moss) and a renewed focus on fundamentals.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards trust Oh to be ready after WBC '17 run

Matheny on Korean reliever's preparation, attitude: 'This guy is a pro'

Cards trust Oh to be ready after WBC '17 run

JUPITER, Fla. -- Seung Hwan Oh had heard, secondhand, about the run on Cardinals merchandise in his home country of South Korea last season. He had been told stories about folks who had to resort to online shopping to buy Cardinals gear because stores no longer had any in stock.

And then, during an offseason autograph signing in Korea, Oh got a glimpse of that buzz. As he looked out on the line that had formed in front of him, nearly everyone, Oh said, was wearing a Cardinals hat.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bowman looks to stick as Cards' ground-ball ace

Bowman looks to stick as Cards' ground-ball ace

JUPITER, Fla. -- There was a flashback, Matt Bowman admitted, when he walked into the Cardinals' spring clubhouse for the start of camp. It had been a year since he first entered the same space, uncertain whether he'd find a home with this organization, and, if so, how he would fit.

Bowman, a Rule 5 pick then, comes now with a year of Major League service time and a proven repertoire that the Cardinals believe can help fill the void left by Seth Maness' departure.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gonzales nears end of Tommy John recovery

Gonzales nears end of Tommy John recovery

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marco Gonzales isn't likely to make a Grapefruit League appearance this spring, but the work he's doing behind the scenes has the left-hander on track to potentially wrap up his recovery from Tommy John surgery before the end of May.

Gonzales is a little more than 10 months removed from having his elbow operated on, and he returned to the mound for the first time post-surgery last week. He could have been a little further along in that rehab work if not for timing. Gonzales paused his rehab work early last fall so he could build in a break that would allow him to pitch all the way through the 2017 season.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals bond over aliens, pirate treasure

Team shakes up the norm with escape room field trip

Cardinals bond over aliens, pirate treasure

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals took their workouts off campus on Thursday for a team-building exercise that featured, among other things, alien abductions and pirates' treasure.

It was an unexpected field trip for players, who split up into two groups and took turns boarding a bus to depart for a destination unknown. When they disembarked, players found themselves thrust into an escape room challenge. The goal: Work with your teammates to solve puzzles and escape a themed room within 60 minutes.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Fred Zinkie

Tale of the fantasy tape: Cardinals vs. Cubs

Which National League Central rival has superior fantasy assets?

Tale of the fantasy tape: Cardinals vs. Cubs

Though the Cardinals seized the National League Central crown every year from 2013-15, the Cubs have since gained the advantage -- defeating St. Louis in the '15 NL Division Series before winning both the division and the World Series last season.

Before these teams write the next chapter in their storied rivalry, we can get a head start on assessing them by comparing the fantasy value of their key players for the upcoming campaign.

Continue Reading

Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jonathan Mayo

Breaking down the Cards' Top 30 Prospects

Despite loss of Reyes for season, St. Louis' system still strong

Breaking down the Cards' Top 30 Prospects

It's never a good thing to lose your No. 1 prospect. There's no way to sugarcoat that. When he's the top pitching prospect in baseball at the time, it makes it sting even more.

Losing Alex Reyes -- who not only is the top prospect in the system, but was also going to be counted on to make a major contribution in St. Louis this season -- is not something that can be overcome with the flip of a switch.

Continue Reading

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Weaver tabbed for Cards' spring opener

Weaver tabbed for Cards' spring opener

JUPITER, Fla. -- Luke Weaver will get the nod for the Cardinals in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Marlins. Manager Mike Matheny made the announcement early Wednesday morning under ominous skies that threatened the day's Spring Training workouts.

But the weather cooperated long enough for Matheny to get in the work he wanted.

Continue Reading

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Anthony Castrovince

Cardinals have pieces, precedent to handle injury

Wacha and Co. should pick up slack for Reyes; club won it all in 2011 after Waino went down

Cardinals have pieces, precedent to handle injury

JUPITER, Fla. -- Gray skies hung over Cardinals camp Wednesday morning, arguably a week late. Alex Reyes' Tommy John surgery unfortunately falls right in line with the sour spring setbacks that this organization endured with Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jason Motte and Jaime Garcia in recent years, though the Cards know they are hardly outliers in this area.

"A lot has been made of the unfortunate timing of these, but all organizations go through this," general manager John Mozeliak said. "You adapt and find ways to be successful, or you could have the pity party and just kind of roll everything up and play for next year. That's not our strategy."

Continue Reading

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Siegrist throws 25 pitches in first 'pen session

Siegrist throws 25 pitches in first 'pen session

JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist threw his first bullpen session of Spring Training on Wednesday. He had delayed the start of his Spring Training throwing program after feeling some left shoulder soreness last week.

But Siegrist was happy to report that everything seemed to go well, and he will wait and see how the shoulder feels Thursday.

Continue Reading

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ozzie aims to help bolster Cardinals' defense

Hall of Fame shortstop working on mental approach in spring camp

Ozzie aims to help bolster Cardinals' defense

JUPITER, Fla. -- On the heels of a season dotted with fundamental lapses, the Cardinals prioritized defensive work this spring and they summoned the most distinguished defensive player in franchise history to assist with that instruction.

Hall of Fame shortstop and 13-time Gold Glove Award winner Ozzie Smith arrived at the team's Spring Training complex on Tuesday for a weeklong stay in which he intends to be more than a quiet bystander. His hope is to help the Cardinals recalibrate defensively following a season that he described as "uncharacteristic of the organization."

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

C. Carpenter will be guest instructor at camp

C. Carpenter will be guest instructor at camp

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ozzie Smith's arrival in camp on Tuesday marked the start of what will be a steady stream of former Cardinals coming to serve as guest instructors.

Chris Carpenter, who pitched for the Cardinals from 2004-12, is a new addition to a list of instructors that will also include Jim Edmonds, Bob Gibson and Lou Brock. Edmonds is expected in Florida within the next few days. Gibson is scheduled to arrive in early March. Carpenter will visit toward the end of camp.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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."

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Continue Reading

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.