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Injuries & Moves: Arenado joins Contreras with season-ending IL move

September 22, 2023


Contreras' season ends due to left wrist tendinitis

Cardinals catcher headed to 10-day IL after battling multiple injuries during 2023 campaign
September 21, 2023

ST. LOUIS -- Willson Contreras made a brief stop in the Cardinals’ clubhouse on Thursday morning before dutifully heading off to the trainers’ room to undergo imaging on his ailing left wrist. Asked if he was OK, Conteras half-grimaced and replied, “We’ll see.” The Cardinals’ 6-0 loss to the Brewers

Burleson's tough-luck season continues with thumb fracture

September 20, 2023

ST. LOUIS -- To fully illustrate the tough luck that Alec Burleson has so often hit into this season, the first baseman/outfielder leads Cardinals players with at least 300 plate appearances in terms of the gap between his actual production and his expected numbers in three major offensive statistical categories.

Carlson contemplating season-ending ankle surgery

August 20, 2023

ST. LOUIS -- Maybe no hard-luck player on the Cardinals roster typifies the kind of frustration-filled, sour season the team has been through than 24-year-old outfielder Dylan Carlson, who sat on the Cardinals’ bench on Saturday nursing not one but two injuries. To further add to Carlson’s frustration is this

Waino set to come off IL, start Monday: 'I'm ready'

July 23, 2023

CHICAGO -- When Adam Wainwright’s dramatically improved health lined up with another opening in the starting rotation, the Cardinals made the somewhat surprising decision to send their 41-year-old pitcher to the mound when they play the D-backs in Arizona on Monday. Wainwright, who still needs two wins to become the

Montgomery 'hoping for some good news' after leaving start early

July 8, 2023

CHICAGO -- It was looking like Jordan Montgomery was headed for another quality start after cruising through four scoreless innings. The Cardinals were also in a great spot, leading the White Sox by five runs. Then, it all fell a part. Montgomery left the game with a hamstring injury after

Waino (shoulder) expected to head to IL: 'That's not the end'

Cards veteran remains only two wins away from 200 in his career
July 4, 2023

MIAMI -- It’s the perplexing and troubling question the Cardinals hoped they would never encounter, much less have to answer in the middle of a season. However, there is no avoiding their most prominent personnel query now after another lopsided loss: Will franchise icon Adam Wainwright toe the rubber and

O'Neill hoping to return to baseball activity this week

June 11, 2023

ST. LOUIS -- Claiming to be pain-free for the first time in more than a month after consulting with a Southern California-based back specialist and receiving two pain-killing injections, Cardinals outfielder Tyler O'Neill is hopeful he can restart baseball activities later this week. Unable to shake the back pain that

DeJong joins big league club on road trip

April 22, 2023

SEATTLE -- Shortstop Paul DeJong, whose career has been marred by shocking struggles much of the past three seasons, is headed back to the Cardinals and could be activated as soon as Sunday, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Saturday. DeJong, who hit at least 19 home runs in

Willson day to day after MRI on knee comes back clean

All-Star catcher diagnosed with knee contusion
March 31, 2023

ST. LOUIS -- Fearful about the health of their new catcher after he took a 102.7 mph sinker off the shin guard protecting his right knee, the Cardinals got good news on Friday when the MRI on Willson Contreras' right knee came back clean. Contreras, who has a knee contusion,

Wainwright to miss 'several weeks' with groin strain

Cardinals' ace no longer the Opening Day starter as his season will begin on IL
March 23, 2023

JUPITER, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright, who was scheduled to begin his final MLB season as the Cardinals' Opening Day starter for a seventh time in his 18-year career, will instead open on the injured list after suffering a groin strain. Manager Oliver Marmol confirmed Wainwright's injury on Thursday morning prior

DeJong (back) suffers setback, likely to start season on IL

Woodford tosses five scoreless innings, striking out seven vs. Marlins
March 20, 2023

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals received some roster clarity Monday, when shortstop Paul DeJong suffered a setback in his return from lower back pain that has kept him off the field for the better part of the past week. The issue is now expected to sideline DeJong for at least

Helsley's MRI clean, but closer not available for Game 2

October 9, 2022

ST. LOUIS -- Though an MRI of Ryan Helsley’s right middle finger came back clean Friday night, manager Oliver Marmol said that Helsley would not be available for Game 2 of the Wild Card Series against the Phillies since he threw 33 pitches in Game 1. Helsley was to play

Bullpen implodes in 9th as Cards stunned by Phils in Game 1

With concern for Helsley, St. Louis ready to embrace urgency of must-win Game 2
October 8, 2022

ST. LOUIS -- As if seeing All-Star closer Ryan Helsley struggle -- first with his command, then his health -- wasn’t enough of a shock to their system, the Cardinals looked on mostly in stunned disbelief as everything they had worked to build over 8 1/3 innings in Game 1

Helsley exits final outing before postseason with jammed right finger

October 4, 2022

PITTSBURGH -- Scheduled to pitch one inning and then rest until the start of the postseason on Friday, Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley jammed the middle finger on his right hand following his fifth pitch in the eighth inning of St. Louis' 8-7 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Mozeliak optimistic as Flaherty gets fiery in strong rehab start

August 21, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Whereas Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty came into Sunday’s third Minor League rehab start with a workmanlike mentality, the highly competitive side of him took over in the fourth inning when Double-A Arkansas loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. That was the moment, Cardinals president

'He's feeling a lot better': Cards have timetable for Yadi's return

July 12, 2022

ST. LOUIS -- Uncertain for weeks as to when Yadier Molina would return from his native Puerto Rico to heal his inflamed right knee and refresh mentally, the Cardinals finally have some clarity about their veteran catcher’s immediate future. Manager Oliver Marmol said that Molina will report to an unspecified

This Cards pitcher waited a long time for 1st MLB win

June 27, 2022

This story was excerpted from John Denton's Cardinals Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. With Johan Oviedo’s massive 6-foot-5 frame spilling out of all sides of the laundry cart he was riding to the showers -- where Cardinals

'I will pitch again this season': Flaherty, Cards optimistic

June 27, 2022

ST. LOUIS -- Patient throughout a 2 1/2-month process where Jack Flaherty used a platelet-rich plasma injection, rest and strengthening exercises to calm the inflammation in his right shoulder, the Cardinals and their former Opening Day starter unexpectedly deviated from that plan when Flaherty was named the June 15 starter.

Flaherty leaves game after two innings with 'dead arm'

June 26, 2022

ST. LOUIS -- In a season already full of memorable moments for the Cardinals, Sunday undoubtedly qualified as the low point and proved to be a forgettable day full of loathsome losses. Within a 3-hour and 50-minute stretch Sunday, St. Louis lost starting pitcher Jack Flaherty to another shoulder injury,

Rondón picks up Cards after Matz exits

May 22, 2022

PITTSBURGH -- On a day when the Cardinals badly needed some length out of starting pitcher Steven Matz to rest a weary bullpen, they got just the opposite as the left-hander exited with left shoulder stiffness after just four pitches. Fortunately for the Cardinals, however, that was about the only

Flaherty clarifies his right shoulder injury

March 20, 2022

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jack Flaherty addressed his injury situation Sunday, detailing the nature of his right shoulder discomfort and outlining his rehab plan moving forward. Flaherty confirmed he was diagnosed with bursitis after receiving a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection, linking the inflammation to mechanical issues brought upon by the left

Notes: Flaherty (shoulder) out for 2 weeks

March 18, 2022

JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty has been diagnosed with “a small tear” in his ailing right shoulder, according to team president John Mozeliak, and the club plans to shut down the right-hander for two weeks before deciding on a course of action for his return. The tear is

Cards awaiting second opinion on Flaherty's shoulder

March 17, 2022

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals and Jack Flaherty are seeking a second opinion on the hard-throwing right-hander’s ailing shoulder, meaning there is still no answer as to his availability for an organization that has visions of being a World Series contender. Flaherty, the Cardinals' Opening Day starter in 2020 and

Reyes (shoulder) won't be ready for Opening Day; Flaherty talks shoulder discomfort

March 16, 2022

JUPITER, Fla. -- While the Cardinals are still awaiting a diagnosis and a course of action for pitcher Jack Flaherty’s injured right shoulder, the club knows now for certain that former closer and hopeful starter Alex Reyes won’t be ready for Opening Day. Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol announced on Wednesday