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Injuries & Roster Moves: Molina day to day

July 23, 2021

Keep track of the Cardinals’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

Martínez to IL with torn right thumb ligament

@zachsilver
July 7, 2021

The Cardinals were hopeful that Carlos Martínez’s thumb injury would be minor, after he continued to pitch for 1 1/3 innings despite jamming it while fouling off a ball in Colorado on Sunday. Positive vibes have instead morphed into a bleak outlook. Martínez, placed on the injured list prior to

Injuries mount as Molina (knee) exits loss

Catcher takes foul tip off kneecap, under evaluation with bone contusion
@zachsilver
June 6, 2021

Another Cardinal has been bitten by the injury bug -- and this time it’s their most dependable. Catcher Yadier Molina departed Saturday’s 5-2 loss against the Reds at Busch Stadium in the bottom of the fourth inning with a bone contusion in his left knee -- a half-frame after he

Kim exits early (back) as Cards fall to Reds

@zachsilver
June 5, 2021

The Cardinals’ pitching depth, already run thin, has taken another hit. Left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim left Friday night’s 6-4 loss to the Reds at Busch Stadium in the top of the fourth inning with lower back tightness, signaling to the dugout and then exiting the contest after throwing a single

Cards place Kim (back), Williams (neck) on IL

@zachsilver
June 5, 2021

The Cardinals were hoping, with two off-days in the coming week, that Kwang Hyun Kim would be able to avoid his second stint on the injured list this season with the same ailment that delayed his regular-season debut. Such hopes were dashed before Saturday afternoon’s tilt with the Reds at

Cards put ace Flaherty (oblique strain) on IL

@SarahWexler32
June 1, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in his Major League career, Jack Flaherty has been placed on the 10-day injured list. The right-hander has a left oblique strain, the Cardinals announced Tuesday, and there is no immediate timetable for his return. “We’re going to put him on the IL,

Flaherty's start truncated by side tightness

@zachsilver
June 1, 2021

On a night he was nicked briefly, a night he displayed utter dominance and a night he was pitching in front of friends and family -- paying homage to a local legend and childhood idol along the way -- Jack Flaherty’s night ended unceremoniously. The Cardinals’ ace was pulled early

Bader (rib) on IL for 2nd time this season

@zachsilver
May 25, 2021

The Cardinals continue to take their nicks and bruises, with Harrison Bader the latest entry into the list of ailing outfielders. The center fielder was placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with a right rib hairline fracture after he left Monday’s 5-1 series-opening loss against the White Sox

Mikolas lands on IL with forearm tightness

@zachsilver
May 23, 2021

Just four innings back after a 19-month absence, Miles Mikolas faces another period of time on the mend. The Cardinals right-hander was removed from Saturday’s game -- a 2-1 victory over the Cubs at Busch Stadium -- with right forearm tightness and was placed on the 10-day injured list on

Carlson scratched with back tightness

@zachsilver
May 22, 2021

Several Cardinals got their first taste of the Cubs rivalry at Busch Stadium on Friday night, Nolan Arenado and Dylan Carlson among them. One of the duo didn’t get a look in the encore on Saturday night -- and might not in Sunday’s series finale. Carlson was a late scratch

DeJong placed on IL with fractured rib

@zachsilver
May 14, 2021

One of the Cardinals’ most consistent presences in their lineup is set to miss some time. Shortstop Paul DeJong was placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday, before the Cardinals’ series opener against the Padres at Petco Park, with a non-displaced left rib fracture, retroactive to Thursday. MRI results

Cards put C-Mart (right ankle) on injured list

Oviedo recalled from Triple-A Memphis, set to start against Padres on Friday
@ryan_a_herrera
May 11, 2021

The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that they placed right-hander Carlos Martínez on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to May 9) with a right ankle sprain. The club recalled Johan Oviedo from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move. After his last start on Saturday, Martínez revealed he had hurt his ankle

Jordan Hicks to IL: 'We have to take this slow'

@zachsilver
May 4, 2021

The Cardinals will be without their flame-throwing reliever for an extended period of time, as Jordan Hicks is set to receive a second opinion on the right elbow flare-up that landed him on the injured list prior to Tuesday’s tilt against the Mets. Positive for St. Louis and for Hicks

Cards place Wainwright on COVID-19 IL

LHP Miller to miss time with toe blister; RHP Whitley called up
@MannyOnMLB
April 29, 2021

The Cardinals announced Thursday evening that they had placed right-hander Adam Wainwright on the COVID-19 injured list and left-hander Andrew Miller on the 10-day injured list due to a toe blister on his right foot. The club also activated center fielder Harrison Bader (right forearm) off the IL and called

Yadi (foot) to IL; Cards recall Ali Sánchez

Knizner to get majority of starts with veteran catcher on injured list
@zachsilver
April 27, 2021

The Cardinals hoped to avoid it, giving their veteran catcher a rare pair of days off over the weekend. But when Yadier Molina called manager Mike Shildt on Tuesday morning, there was no more ignoring it. St. Louis placed Molina on the injured list with a right foot tendon strain

'Toughest man alive': Yadi likely back soon

@zachsilver
April 24, 2021

The Cardinals are hoping to get their best offensive player back in the next few days. They’re not waiting for any news on Paul Goldschmidt nor Nolan Arenado, but rather for Yadier Molina, who received a positive prognosis from imaging taken of his right foot after exiting Friday’s 5-4 win

Notes: Carp at a crossroads; O'Neill back

@zachsilver
April 23, 2021

The Cardinals have -- and will -- preach confidence in the numbers surrounding Matt Carpenter, knowing some of his advanced and predictive marks rank among the best in baseball. But they also acknowledge one important component in particular. “You can only build a line of reasoning for so long,” president

Notes: O’Neill, Mikolas, Bader injury updates

@zachsilver
April 19, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Reinforcements are en route. The Cardinals, besieged by injuries at the outset of the 2021 season, will welcome back a trio of familiar faces over the span of the next several weeks. The first is Tyler O’Neill, who's slated to be activated off the injured list when the

Cardinals place O'Neill (groin strain) on IL

@zachsilver
April 11, 2021

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals’ already wonky outfield picture has hit another bump. St. Louis placed Tyler O’Neill on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain ahead of Sunday’s series finale against the Brewers. The left fielder exited Saturday’s loss after sustaining the injury in an at-bat in

Notes: Goldy returns from tight back

@zachsilver
April 10, 2021

ST. LOUIS -- Few, if any, Cardinals would have been more unlikely to miss the home opener than Paul Goldschmidt. Since his first full season in 2012, Goldschmidt has played in fewer than 140 games just once and appeared in every game of the club’s pandemic-shortened ’20 season. That tells

Goldy misses home opener as precaution

Fans, festivities return to Busch; Wong appears as visitor for first time
@zachsilver
April 8, 2021

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals made their long-awaited return to Busch Stadium in front of fans on Thursday, but the starting lineup was lacking Paul Goldschmidt, who was held out due to lower back tightness. Goldschmidt’s back locked up on him Wednesday night, manager Mike Shildt said after the club's

Bader (forearm) to open season on Cards' IL

@zachsilver
March 24, 2021

Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader will start the season on the injured list with soreness in his right forearm and is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks, the club said on Wednesday. Manager Mike Shildt announced the ailment prior to his team's 3-0 Grapefruit League win over

Updates on Mikolas, Kim; honoring Shannon

@zachsilver
March 19, 2021

The Cardinals continue to receive some good news on the pitching front, as Kwang Hyun Kim and Miles Mikolas took steps forward on Wednesday as they attempt to return to the club as soon as they can by or during the regular season. The outlook is more concrete for Kim,

Here's another big Hicks number: 101.4 mph

@zachsilver
March 14, 2021

The Cardinals planned for Jordan Hicks to get an inning of work in his first game since June 2019. They didn’t expect an inning’s worth to come against one batter. Nevertheless, Hicks’ standoff against Mets second baseman Luis Guillorme -- 22 pitches, one walk -- amid a 7-5 loss to

First batter in 2 years? 22 pitches, 12 minutes

@zachsilver
March 14, 2021

One batter. Spanning 12 minutes. 22 pitches -- six over 100 mph. And one walk. Welcome back, Jordan Hicks. Meet Luis Guillorme. In the Mets' 7-5 victory Sunday at Clover Park in his first outing in an officially scored game since June 22, 2019, Hicks was put to the test