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Helsley gets 'best-case' news; Cabrera recalled

June 13, 2019

NEW YORK -- A right-shoulder impingement has landed Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley on the 10-day injured list, and a thinning pitching staff has brought back Génesis Cabrera to the Major Leagues after being sent down to Triple-A Memphis with homework. But manager Mike Shildt doesn’t expect Helsley to be down

Helsley hits injured list with shoulder issue

June 12, 2019

MIAMI -- Reliever Ryan Helsley will head to the injured list with right shoulder impingement after exiting Wednesday night's 9-0 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park. Helsley, St. Louis' ninth-ranked prospect per MLB Pipeline, will travel with the team to New York, where he will be seen by Dr.

Cardinals sign 1st-round pick Zack Thompson

June 12, 2019

MIAMI -- The first step in Cardinals first-round Draft pick Zack Thompson's professional baseball journey began on Tuesday, as he arrived at Busch Stadium to sign his contract. Thompson, a junior left-hander from the University of Kentucky whom St. Louis chose 19th overall last week, met with assistant general manager

Ponce de Leon recalled with Wacha making start

June 9, 2019

CHICAGO -- After labeling pitcher Michael Wacha as a “heavy pencil” for Monday’s start in Miami, the Cardinals’ roster move Sunday officially set the plan in motion for Wacha’s return. Right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon was recalled from Triple-A Memphis and will be available immediately out of the bullpen, while

Gyorko (back) on IL; Cards call up Edman

June 8, 2019

CHICAGO -- A ground ball from Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the third inning of the Cardinals' 3-1 loss Friday caused third baseman Jedd Gyorko to reach across his body, and in the process of the spin and recording the out at first, Gyorko's back locked up. He was

Cards stick to script with arm-heavy Draft

June 5, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals filled a need and followed history in the 2019 MLB Draft. With eight of their first 10 picks, the Cardinals drafted college pitchers, staying true to form as the organization has a long history developing strong-armed collegians into impactful pitchers in St. Louis. After Day

Cards take 6 more college arms on Day 2

June 4, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals scouting director Randy Flores said after Day 2 of the 2019 MLB Draft that if the situation was close, the Cardinals leaned toward arms. And that they did. • Draft Tracker Out of eight picks in Rounds 3-10, six were college pitchers, adding to the Cardinals’

Cardinals well-prepared for 19th pick in Draft

St. Louis in familiar position, could focus on pitching this year
June 3, 2019

The number 19 might seem familiar when it comes to the Cardinals' Draft process. That's because for the fourth time in the past 10 years, St. Louis will again pick 19th in the MLB Draft. Last year, the Cardinals picked third baseman Nolan Gorman with the 19th pick, who is

Cards' Day 1 Draft picks boast a lot of upside

St. Louis takes college lefty Thompson at pick No. 19, high school phenom Fletcher at No. 58
June 3, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Zack Thompson’s bio on the Kentucky Wildcats website designates the now-Cardinal as a Cubs fan. Uh-oh. “We can work around that,” Thompson said. “I think I’ve got a new favorite team.” • Draft Tracker: Complete pick-by-pick coverage Regardless of prior team loyalty, the Cardinals nabbed a top

Knizner has chance to learn from Yadi, Wieters

Cards' No. 2 prospect gets first callup with Molina sidelined
June 1, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Andrew Knizner had the best drive of his life Friday afternoon. The 24-year-old catcher made the four-hour drive from Memphis to Busch Stadium after being called up to the big leagues for the first time. Well, the drive might have been a little less than four hours.

Yadi Molina to injured list (thumb tendon strain)

May 31, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Catcher Yadier Molina was placed on the 10-day injured list ahead of Friday’s opener against the Cubs with a tendon strain in his right thumb. Specifically, it’s a tear in between the thumb and the forefinger. There is not yet a timetable for Molina’s return or what

Touching 99, Cabrera shows potential in debut

Cards still trying to climb out of rut after 'ugly' loss to Phils
May 30, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Génesis Cabrera's Major League debut may not have gone exactly as he had hoped, but he provided possibly the lone bright spot for the Cardinals in Wednesday's 11-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Cabrera struck out the side on just 11 pitches in the second

Cards prospect setting aside nerves for debut

Lefty Cabrera is slated to face the Phillies on Wednesday
May 28, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- On the eve of his Major League debut, left-hander Génesis Cabrera spoke to the media with the help of a translator -- except when asked if he was nervous for his Wednesday start against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. "A little bit," Cabrera replied in English, with

No. 8 prospect Cabrera set to join rotation

Left-hander will start in Philadelphia Wednesday, filling Wacha's spot
May 26, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Though his season numbers don’t quite match up to others’ in the Triple-A Memphis rotation, it will be left-hander Genesis Cabrera who gets the first opportunity to fill Michael Wacha’s vacated rotation spot. Consider the selection a product of recency bias. Though he has a 6.35 ERA

Cards prospect hits HR in eventful 1st career AB

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

5 NL Central prospects to watch early in '19

April 11, 2019

For many prospects, Spring Training offered the opportunity to make an impression in front of Major League staff. Now, with Minor League seasons in full swing, their challenge is to remain on those radars. While this may not be a time when clubs are seeking to make wholesale roster changes,

Reyes sent to Triple-A in bullpen shakeup

Righty allowed 5 ER and 6 BB over 2 IP in last 3 appearances; Munoz also optioned
April 7, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Seeking fresh arms for the bullpen and a new setting for Alex Reyes, the Cardinals made an assortment of roster moves prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Padres. Reyes, the longtime top prospect whose assignment in the bullpen had gotten off to a tumultuous start, was

Prospect Cabrera trying to rediscover winter form

Lefty struggled in spring after strong showing in Dominican League
April 6, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Left-hander Genesis Cabrera, who wowed talent evaluators with his velocity and success in the Dominican Winter League, is now ready to try and rebound from a shaky spring as he opens his year with Triple-A Memphis. Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Cardinals’ No. 9 prospect, Cabrera

Starting spots for Cardinals' Top 30 prospects

April 4, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Cardinals' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an

Reyes returns to mound with scoreless inning

Right-hander makes first appearance since last May
March 30, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- After jogging in from the Miller Park bullpen and throwing a series of warmup pitches, Alex Reyes allowed himself a moment to reflect. He dug his foot into the mound -- the same one he had exited last year with an uncertain future -- and looked down at

Reyes back at Miller Park for 1st Opening Day

Touted righty returns to site of sole 2018 Major League appearance
March 28, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- The emotions ran the gamut the last time Alex Reyes took the mound at Miller Park. What began as a moment to mark the conclusion of 15 months of rehab work turned into an apprehension-filled 73-pitch outing that created more questions than it answered. Those four innings against

Cards thin herd in battle for rotation

Gomber sent to Minors; St. Louis still faces multiple roster decisions
March 20, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Eight days ahead of their season opener against the Brewers on March 28, the Cardinals still have a handful of roster decisions to make. They made movement toward one of those on Wednesday by removing left-hander Austin Gomber and right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon from the competition

A behind-the-scenes look at Nolan Gorman

March 19, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Nolan Gorman had a long history of hitting home runs in big league stadiums even before he turned pro. He won the High School Home Run Derby at Marlins Park during the 2017 All-Star Game festivities, a similar contest at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley

Cards farm led by 3 potential impact 3B teens

March 19, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- For the present, the Cardinals are in better shape than most clubs at third base. They can rely on Matt Carpenter, a three-time All-Star who bashed a career-high 36 homers last season. Their hot corner shouldn't cool off at any time in the near future, either. St.

Cards' Nolan Gorman homers ... he's only 18

March 16, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Eventually, Nolan Gorman is going to be known for something more than being the first player ever selected in baseball's June Draft who was born in the 2000s. On Saturday, he took an encouraging first step in pivoting the conversation toward more relevant topics. The