Player News - Cardinals

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Dexter Fowler hit a solo homer Sunday in the Cardinals' defeat of the Reds.

He went deep off Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani in the bottom of the second inning. Fowler holds a miserable .176/.270/.297 slash line for the season, but perhaps the firing of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny can get him going leading into the second half. There were reports that Fowler and Matheny didn't really get along.
Jul 15 - 5:22 PM

Matt Carpenter hit another leadoff homer Sunday in the Cardinals' 6-4 defeat of the Reds.

He did the same on Saturday, but the Cardinals wound up losing that one. Carpenter has been on a tremendous run for the last month-plus and will try to keep it going when the second half kicks off for St. Louis on Thursday at Wrigley Field. His season OPS is up to .903.
Jul 15 - 5:19 PM

Jordan Hicks earned his second career save Sunday in the Cardinals' win over the Reds.

Hicks gave up two hits, including an RBI single to Scooter Gennett, but the hard-throwing youngster ultimately managed to ice a 6-4 victory for St. Louis. Bud Norris was apparently unavailable for this game because of an arm issue. If it lingers through the All-Star break, Hicks could open the second half as the Cardinals' primary closer.
Jul 15 - 5:16 PM

Miles Mikolas yielded three earned runs over four innings Sunday in a no-decision over the Reds.

Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt called for the early hook after Mikolas struggled through a rough top of the fourth inning. St. Louis would then rally to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth and wound up winning the game 6-4. Mikolas had a tremendous first half overall and will now head to Washington, D.C. for the All-Star festivities.
Jul 15 - 5:13 PM

Harrison Bader departed Sunday's game against the Reds with a mild left knee hyperextension

Bader suffered the injury when he stumbled around first base following a hit in the second inning. It appears that he avoided a serious injury and should be fine after the All-Star break.
Jul 15 - 2:59 PM

Jose Martinez is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

In interim manager Mike Shildt's first lineup, Martinez is on the bench for the second straight day. Matt Carpenter is at first base and Jedd Gyorko is at third. The Cards also have Harrison Bader in center field and Tommy Pham on the bench.
Jul 15 - 12:47 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Cardinals could shop Bud Norris if they wind up being sellers at the trade deadline.

The Cards could still theoretically be buyers if they play well over the next few weeks, but if things continue to go south it makes sense to deal Norris, who has been lights-out as a closer with a 3.05 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 50/6 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings. Jordan Hicks would be in line to step in at closer for St. Louis if Norris is dealt.
Jul 15 - 12:03 PM

Harrison Bader (hamstring) struck out in his lone plate appearance in his return to action Saturday.

Bader entered the game late as a defensive replacement. It's his first action since Sunday, as he's been nursing a hamstring injury.
Jul 15 - 8:39 AM

Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny.

The team tweeted out the news shortly after another dud Cardinals loss Saturday. Hitting coaches John Mabry and Bill Mueller were also let go. Bench coach Mike Shildt will serve as interim manager in Matheny's wake.
Jul 14 - 11:19 PM

Matt Carpenter hit a leadoff home run and finished 2-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

Carpenter greeted Reds starter Luis Castillo with his 18th home run of the year, ninth-best in the National League. That's pretty remarkable given where Carpenter was, offensively, just a few months ago. After that frigid start, the 32-year-old is approaching the All-Star break with a .263/.372/.522 line on the year.
Jul 14 - 10:53 PM

Jack Flaherty shut out the Reds over five innings but settled for a no-decision Saturday.

Flaherty scattered two hits and three walks while striking out five before the second rain delay of the game ended his night prematurely. And although he left with the lead, it also might have cost him a win, as the Cardinals bullpen fell apart after his exit. The 22-year-old finishes an up-and-down first half with a 3.24 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 87/24 K/BB ratio over 75 innings spanning 14 starts. He'll pick back up next week after the All-Star break.
Jul 14 - 10:16 PM

Tyler O'Neill (hamstring) is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis.

O'Neill landed on the disabled list July 5 -- after being recalled from the minors on July 2 -- with a strained left hamstring, so it appears he'll remain on the DL a few days past the 10-day mandatory minimum. When he does return, it's not clear whether there will be a place for him in St. Louis or if he'll just remain in Memphis. O'Neill owns a paltry .227 batting average in 44 at-bats with the big club this year.
Jul 14 - 5:50 PM

Jose Martinez is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup on Saturday.

Looks to be just another day of rest for the hard-hitting first baseman. Matt Carpenter is starting at first base while Jedd Gyorko mans third for the Cardinals against Luis Castillo and the Reds.
Jul 14 - 12:35 PM

Carlos Martinez yielded three runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Reds.

Martinez looked like he was putting it together with wins in his previous three starts, but he had a little setback tonight. The homer he allowed to Scooter Gennett was the first he'd given up in three weeks. He ends the first half 6-5 with a 3.08 ERA.
Jul 13 - 11:59 PM

Tommy Pham went hitless in a fifth straight game Friday against the Reds.

Pham is hitting .240, which is his lowest average since April 10. Not only is he struggling with the bat, but he hasn't so much as attempted a steal since June 16; he went 9-for-15 in his first 63 games before going the last 22 games without a try. Fantasy leaguers would seem to have little choice at this point but to hold on and hope for the best, but this is getting ugly; he's been hitting like Chris Davis for about seven weeks now.
Jul 13 - 11:53 PM


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