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Ponce de Leon does what Cards need in debut

@LangoschMLB
11:33 PM CDT

ST. LOUIS -- Daniel Ponce de Leon understood there was little need to unpack, not this time around. His assignment was simple: fill in for an injured Michael Wacha, contain a mighty Brewers offense and do it all knowing that regardless of the result, he’d likely not stick around for

C. Martinez to return as reliever, not starter

Bader likely to be activated Wednesday; Robinson optioned, Ponce de Leon called up
@LangoschMLB
April 23, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Uncertainty about how Carlos Martínez's body would respond to and recover from a starter’s workload has prompted the Cardinals to put the right-hander on a rehab path that will return him to St. Louis ready to pitch in relief. The organization came to that decision on Tuesday

Tuesday's top prospect performers

@wboor and @GoldenSombrero
12:05 AM CDT

Here's a look at Tuesday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:

Fowler's 1st HR, 4 hits key rout of Brewers

Outfielder drives in four, including a pair in seven-run seventh inning
April 23, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler entered Spring Training with a new outlook and a healthy body. And now he’s getting new results. On Monday, Fowler continued to rebound from the worst season of his professional career, bashing his first home run of the season as part of a

Wacha (knee) hits IL; Drew Robinson recalled

April 22, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals placed Michael Wacha on the 10-day injured list with left knee patellar tendinitis on Monday before their series opener against the division-rival Brewers at Busch Stadium. Wacha had been slated to start Tuesday's game against Milwaukee. Daniel Ponce de Leon will start the game in

Is Chapman MLB's top fireballer? Not anymore

@_dadler
April 22, 2019

Jordan Hicks is throwing unparalleled fire right now. The Cardinals' 22-year-old reliever has by far the fastest fastball in the Majors in 2019. And he dialed it up to his highest level of the season in Sunday's series finale against the Mets. Hicks' game-ending strikeout of Juan Lagares: a sinker

Martinez continues to fill void in Cards' lineup

Shildt: 'He's willing to do it all and do it well'
April 21, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- When Cardinals outfielders Harrison Bader (hamstring) and Tyler O'Neill (right elbow) both went down with injuries last week, Jose Martinez was there to play his role. Taking over in right field after Dexter Fowler moved to center in Bader’s absence, Martinez has filled the gap in the

Carpenter fine after Saturday knee scare

April 21, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- The precautionary reasons that led to Matt Carpenter's exit from Saturday’s 10-2 win over the Mets seemed to do the trick, as the third baseman stayed in his usual leadoff spot for Sunday’s series finale. Carpenter went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in the Cardinals' 6-4

Need for speed: 1 flamethrower for each team

@williamfleitch
April 22, 2019

Let’s not kid ourselves: the story of baseball in the year 2019 is velocity. Remember back when FOX telecasts used to show a flame going WHOOSH! every time a pitch went over 95 mph? They’d have to do that every pitch now. Pitchers throw harder now than at any time

Two teams gained 9 spots in Power Rankings

@alysonfooter
April 22, 2019

It’s still April, which means the overused trifecta of “it’s still early,” “it’s too early to panic” and “they’re off to a slow start” is not quite ready to be shoved to the back of the sock drawer just yet. It truly is much too early to glean a lot

Mikolas excels in eight-inning start for Cards

@LangoschMLB
April 20, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Rarely one to forcefully counter a critique, manager Mike Shildt took exception on Saturday morning to what he perceived to be a suggestion that the club needed to consider other starting pitching options amid a run of abbreviated starts. “If we’re talking about the confidence in our

Martinez moving forward in rehab process

@LangoschMLB
April 20, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- With each new checkpoint Carlos Martinez reaches in the rehab program for his rotator cuff injury, the more he’s nudging the Cardinals toward having to make a decision about where the right-hander will best fit upon his return. That path will likely be chosen within the next

3 takeaways from Cards' series-opening loss

@LangoschMLB
April 20, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- The chances to complete a comeback were plentiful for the Cardinals, who followed an international jaunt to Mexico and another visit to Milwaukee with a return to Busch Stadium on Friday. But the Mets spoiled the homecoming by stranding the potential tying run at third base three

Cards prospect hits HR in eventful 1st career AB

@LangoschMLB
April 20, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Lane Thomas had finished his circle around the bases and passed through the mass of giddy teammates who were ready for his return to the dugout when he was reminded that there was one more thing left to do. The crowd, he was told, was waiting for

Carpenter exits game with left knee contusion

@LangoschMLB
April 20, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Before the Cardinals finished their 10-2 victory over the Mets on Saturday afternoon, Matt Carpenter was removed from the game for precautionary reasons, shortly after the third baseman fouled a pitch off his left knee. Officially, Carpenter was diagnosed with a left knee contusion. Though Carpenter was

Let the kids rake: Youngsters hit monster HRs

@_dadler
April 20, 2019

The kids aren't just playing -- they're crushing. It's not the first time, and it won't be the last, but Friday featured some huge homers from MLB's young sluggers. You won’t want to miss them. Here are the big five big flies, all from players 25 or younger. **Yoan Moncada,

Mayers unlikely to return until after All-Star break

Reyes moves into starting role for Triple-A Memphis
@LangoschMLB
April 19, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Right-hander Mike Mayers is unlikely to return to the Cardinals’ bullpen until after the All-Star break, manager Mike Shildt confirmed on Friday, after a second opinion of his shoulder injury confirmed that he’ll need “a couple months” of rest and rehab. If there’s good news, it’s that

9 players off to hot starts we didn't see coming

@RichardJustice
April 19, 2019

We should have predicted this kind of season coming from Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe. When the Rays believe in a player enough to guarantee him $24 million despite his having played just 43 Major League games, it’s a pretty good indication he’s special. The Rays don’t miss on these

Each NL Central team's secret weapon is ... 

@m_sheldon
April 18, 2019

Everyone knows the big players who must be reckoned with on the five teams in the National League Central. It’s common knowledge, for example, that Josh Hader throws gas and Christian Yelich can rake for the Brewers; that Joey Votto is prolific at reaching base and Luis Castillo has a

Wacha keeps Yelich, Brewers' offense in check

April 17, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals have shown flashes of what they could be this season, but have struggled, at times, to put it all together. Wednesday afternoon, they showed how dangerous they can be when they do, as Michael Wacha struck out seven over six innings, Marcell Ozuna's fifth homer in

Here's each team's closer of the future

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB
April 18, 2019

Identifying future closers isn't easy. Mariano Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader and only unanimous Hall of Famer, began his pro career as a starter. So did Edwin Diaz and Wade Davis, the league leaders in saves a year ago, and many other pitchers who are nailing down the ninth inning

Ozuna continues tear with 5th HR in 4 games

April 17, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- For all the attention -- rightfully -- heaped on Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich this week, another former Marlins outfielder has quietly been on a bit of an offensive tear himself. Marcell Ozuna hit his eighth home run of the season Wednesday in the Cardinals' 6-3 victory over the