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Hicks looks to enhance pitching arsenal

@LangoschMLB
Feb. 20th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Early last month, as he tinkered with grips on a pitch he hopes to reintroduce this season, Jordan Hicks reached out to pitching coach Mike Maddux for an assist. The collaboration started with a discussion of how the changeup could complement his other pitches and continued with

The 13 most intriguing players in Spring Training

@RichardJustice
Feb. 20th, 2019

Sometimes they’ll tell you Spring Training performances don’t mean all that much. After all, as The Earl of Baltimore -- that would be Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver -- once said, “Nothing that happens in Fort Myers in March has anything to do with what happens at Fenway Park

Team Waino wins pitchers' fielding game

Reyes feels good after throwing off mound; Ozuna will start spring as DH
@LangoschMLB
Feb. 20th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Some savvy drafting and sure hands helped Adam Wainwright pocket his first victory of the spring on Wednesday. This one came on the backfields during a tournament the Cardinals staged to add some competition and incentive into a day focused on fielding. Eight pitchers were tabbed as

Shoulder concerns sideline Carlos Martinez

Right-hander will not throw for at least two weeks
Feb. 19th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Continuing concerns about areas of weakness around Carlos Martínez's right shoulder prompted the Cardinals to transfer the right-hander to a two-week, no-throwing program that now puts his readiness for Opening Day in jeopardy.Manager Mike Shildt relayed the change in plan on Tuesday, one day after Martinez was

Reyes faces live hitters for first time since May

Mikolas looks to use changeup more in 2019, will start spring opener
Feb. 19th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- While a crowd gathered around Field 2 to watch Adam Wainwright face Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt in his first session of live batting practice on Tuesday, Alex Reyes, mostly inconspicuously, headed to a mound a few yards away for his most meaningful throws in

Cards ready to see what Goldschmidt brings

Goldy on his new club: 'It's a really talented team. I'm happy to be part of it.'
Feb. 18th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- It may be a new team and a new year, but that's really all that's changed for Paul Goldschmidt.The six-time All-Star finished his first day of Spring Training at the Cardinals' camp by meeting with the media and explaining that his new uniform wouldn't change his approach

Shildt excited for first Spring Training at the helm

Manager sees camp as 'an extension' of last season's progress
Feb. 18th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Though this was his first day of his first Spring Training as manager of the Cardinals, Mike Shildt said he views it more as a continuous process from the 2018 season rather than a new beginning."It's just an extension of what we left off in the season

30 intriguing position battles -- 1 for each team

Feb. 18th, 2019

Stars might put fans in the seats, but baseball is a sport that rewards the most complete clubs. That's what makes Spring Training more than a series of exhibitions; big league jobs are on the line, and they could end up having a major impact on the season-end standings. The next

Around the horn: Closer duties may be split

Cardinals hope Miller can find All-Star form; Bullpen looks to cut walk rate
Feb. 17th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- This is the final piece of a six-part Around the Horn series in which MLB.com is taking a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starters and backup options heading into the 2019 season. After examining the position players and starting rotation, let's close with the bullpen. Projected

Leone ready to make second first impression

Reliever logged only 24 innings in 2018 after nerve issue flared up; live BP set to begin Monday
Feb. 17th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- One year after coming into his first Cardinals camp as a dark horse candidate only to leave it as the team's closer, Dominic Leone returned to Jupiter ready for a second first impression.Not only did Leone never notch a save for the Cardinals in 2018, but he

Reasons for optimism for each MLB club

Feb. 16th, 2019

On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. You've read a lot about teams being all-in for 2019 and also about some teams rebuilding. Here's what's also true: When players and coaches get to work in Florida and Arizona, optimism

With infield shakeup, Gyorko faces uncertain fit

Goldschmidt acquisition, Carpenter's move to 3B likely make Cards infielder a utilityman
Feb. 16th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Uncertainty is hardly something new for Jedd Gyorko, who has been through this exercise before. It's one in which he comes into camp assured a spot on the roster, but not necessarily one on the field.His fit became a little less obvious following the acquisition of first

Prospect Cabrera could make splash for Cards

Ozuna, Molina will DH in early spring games; Minor Leaguers slated for STEP regimen
Feb. 16th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Acquired by the Cardinals to help supplement their left-handed pitching depth, Genesis Cabrera, with a dazzling first impression, has quickly put himself on the radar as someone who could help the Major League club as soon as this season.Cabrera -- ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Cards'

ST sights and sounds: Vlad Jr., Tebow, Bregman

Feb. 14th, 2019

Spring Training is underway. Players are stepping back onto the baseball field as they get ready for the 2019 season.:: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World ::MLB.com's beat reporters have you covered with the action from every team's training camp. Keep track of the latest highlights of Spring Training

Fowler receives affirmation from Bonds

All-time HR leader offered insight to Cards RF in offseason
Feb. 15th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- It was in early January, not long after Dexter Fowler had received full medical clearance to reengage in baseball activities, that he sent video of his swing to longtime mentor Barry Bonds.The two, connected some six years earlier by mutual friend Glenallen Hill, had already been conversing

Cards won't name Hicks (or anyone) closer

Club plans to also deploy Miller in high-leverage situations
Feb. 15th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Manager Mike Shildt reiterated on Friday that while Jordan Hicks will see late-inning work this season, neither he, nor anyone else, is being designated as the team's closer.The statement came on a day when the Cardinals decided to hold Hicks back from throwing his second bullpen session

Miller eager to turn back clock with Cardinals

Club believes lefty is still among Majors' elite entering age-34 season
Feb. 14th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- At a time when players are bemoaning a slow-moving free-agent market and questioning the impact that analytics is having on aging players, Andrew Miller intends to be the exception.A free-agent for the third time in his career, Miller found a destination he desired and a deal he

Cardinals unlikely to make late spring signings

Mozeliak: 'We learned our lesson' after Holland deal in 2018
Feb. 14th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- A day after Adam Wainwright described the Cardinals as boasting a "playoff roster" for 2019, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak hinted at few forthcoming changes even with dozens of experienced free agents still seeking employment."I would say that we always keep an eye out, but I

Prospects who should vie for a roster spot in camp

Feb. 14th, 2019

As Spring Training gets underway, MLB.com has taken a closer look at prospects getting the chance to show what they can do in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. For example, there's been a story on 20 prospects likely to be impact rookies during the 2019 season.Our beat writers also singled

Back on mound, Reyes calls baseball 'a blessing'

Touted prospect missed nearly all of past 2 seasons
Feb. 13th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Two years have passed since Alex Reyes sat at a nearby clinic having his ailing elbow examined while his teammates took the field for their first official spring workout. He never did return to join them.It's a subjective, but significant, starting point on a journey that took

20 questions that will define the NL Central

Feb. 14th, 2019

Previews so far • American League WestIt was only five years ago that the Cardinals won the National League Central with just 90 wins. Heck, it was only 12 years ago that the Cubs won it with 85, and 13 years ago that the Cards won it with 83. Point

Wainwright hopes to secure rotation spot

Veteran righty returned to Cardinals on 1-year deal
Feb. 13th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- He may be the elder statesman in the clubhouse, a pitcher with 352 career appearances and 148 wins, but Adam Wainwright took the field on Day 1 of Cardinals Spring Training once again looking to distinguish himself.This marks Wainwright's 16th spring with the organization, which agreed to

9 comeback candidates to root for this season

Feb. 13th, 2019

Danny Farquhar would breeze into the White Sox clubhouse most mornings last spring and make a point of acknowledging members of the media."No interviews today," he'd announce. "Maybe tomorrow."The thing is, Farquhar wasn't actually declining interviews. In his good-natured way, he was letting us know he understood it was unlikely

Martinez to build as starter but may see relief

Feb. 12th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- With a gaggle of 10 pitchers competing for five big league rotation spots this spring, the Cardinals will be forced into some creativity when it comes time to assigning roles to each at the end of March. That will mean a return to the Minors for some