St Louis Cardinals Wiretap

Matt Holliday Hit In Nose By Fastball; No Fractures

Jul 22, 2016 7:32 AM

Matt Holliday left Thursday night's gameafter getting hit on the nose by a pitch.

The St. Louis Cardinals said Holliday's nose was not fractured, but said he had a facial abrasion by his nose and upper lip. He showed no signs of a concussion and has been listed as day-to-day.

"I hate seeing that," Mike Matheny said. "I think we got real fortunate. Getting hit in the face, it's hard to say it's fortunate, but it could have been a lot worse. His beak's a little sore right now and still had a little blood leaking out of it, but structurally, everything checked out good."

Holliday immediately dropped after a 95 mph fastball by Andrew Cashner of the San Diego Padres came high and inside and caromed off the batter's nose in the sixth inning. Holliday got up and tried to take first base as blood poured out of his nose.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Injury

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Former Cardinals Executive Sentenced To Jail For Astros Hack

Jul 18, 2016 4:35 PM

Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Christopher Correa has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for hacking the Houston Astros' player personnel database and email system in an unusual case of high-tech cheating involving two Major League Baseball clubs.

The decision was handed down by a federal judge.

Correa had pleaded guilty in January to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least 2014, the same year he was promoted to director of baseball development in St. Louis. He was fired last summer and now faces 46 months behind bars and a court order to pay $279,038 in restitution. He had faced up to five years in prison on each count.

Associated Press

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros

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Mike Matheny: Cardinals 'Fortunate' To Be Where They Are

Jul 11, 2016 7:23 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals are seven games back in the National League Central, but Mike Matheny believes the club is fortunate to be that close.

They've had a winning and losing streak of five games through their first 88 games. St. Louis has a plus-89 run differential, the third-best in the National League, but their record at the break, 46-42, is seventh best in the league.

"I think universally our team would say there's not a satisfaction with where we are," Matheny said. "We're fortunate to be where we are. As I look up there, it says we're seven games behind. With how we've played, that's pretty impressive because we haven't played well. We saw very short periods where we put it all together and it’s going to happen. There's too much talent and too much experience and too many winning players on this club not to put it together."

The hitting has been powerful and balanced, but not consistent. The Cardinals rank third in the NL in OPS. Overall, the starting pitching has been disappointing, but improving.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Cardinals Place Matt Carpenter On DL With Oblique Strain

Jul 7, 2016 1:14 PM

The Cardinals placed third baseman Matt Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain on Thursday.

Carpenter will also miss next week's All-Star Game. Teammate Aledmys Diaz, a shortstop, will replace him on the National League roster.

In a corresponding move, the Cardinals recalled catcher Michael McKenry from Triple-A Memphis.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, All-Star, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Pirates To Start Top Prospect Tyler Glasnow

Jul 6, 2016 1:12 PM

The Pirates are promoting top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow, a source told ESPN's Buster Olney.

Glasnow is expected to start against the Cardinals on Thursday in St. Louis.

Glasnow, 22, has a 1.78 ERA through 96 minor league innings this season at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Make All-Star History

Jul 6, 2016 1:07 AM

The Cubs made All-Star history by becoming just the second team ever to have its entire infield start an All-Star Game.

Anthony Rizzo (first base), Ben Zobrist (second base), Addison Russell (shortstop) and Kris Bryant (third base) were elected to start next Tuesday's game in San Diego for the National League, becoming just the second foursome to accomplish that feat and first since the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals.

"Organizationally it speaks to what's been done here the last several years," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I take zero credit for that. It's great scouting and development on the part of the Cubs."

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Cardinals Remove Trevor Rosenthal From Closer's Role

Jun 26, 2016 8:14 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals removed Trevor Rosenthal from the closer's role after he blew his third save of the season on Friday night.

Rosenthal has allowed at least two runs in three of his past five appearances.

"We just need to figure out a way to get him right and figure out how to get him to the point of being the pitcher he has been the last few years," Mike Matheny said. "Right now, the ninth inning is a tough ask to do that. He will have a different role."

The Cardinals will use a three-pitcher committee to close games featuring Seung Hwan Oh, Kevin Siegrist and Jonathan Broxton.


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Cardinals Agree To Terms With Dylan Carlson

Jun 15, 2016 8:40 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to terms with compensation pick Dylan Carlson.

The outfielder receives $1.35 million, which falls $550,500 shy of the bonus allocation that came with the 33rd overall pick.

Jim Callis/MLB

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Draft, Signing

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Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results

Jun 9, 2016 8:56 PM

The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft is Thursday night in New Jersey and RealGM will track all of the first round action as the picks unfold.

First Round

1. Phillies: Mickey Moniak, OF, La Costa Canyon (Calif.) HS

2. Reds: Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee

3. Braves: Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa (N.Y.) HS

4. Rockies: Riley Pint, RHP, Saint Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) HS

5. Brewers: Corey Ray, OF, Louisville

6. Athletics: A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida

7. Marlins: Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence (Ala.) HS

8. Padres: Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford

9. Tigers: Matt Manning, RHP, Sheldon (Calif.) HS

10. White Sox: Zack Collins, C, Miami

11. Mariners: Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer

12. Red Sox: Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat (N.J.) HS

13. Rays: Joshua Lowe, RHP, Pope (Ga.) HS

14. Indians: Will Benson, OF, The Westminster Schools (Ga.)

15. Twins: Alex Kirilloff, OF, Plum (Pa.) HS

16. Angels: Matt Thaiss, C, Virginia

17. Astros: Forrest Whitley, RHP, Alamo Heights (Texas) HS

18. Yankees: Blake Rutherford, OF, Chaminade Prep HS

19. Mets: Justin Dunn, RHP, Boston College

20. Dodgers: Gavin Lux, SS, Indian Trail HS

21. Blue Jays: T.J. Zeuch, RHP, Pittsburgh

22. Pirates: Will Craig, 3B, Wake Forest

23. Cardinals: Delvin Perez, SS, Colegio Individualizado PJ Education School

24. Padres (Justin Upton compensation): Hudson Sanchez, SS, Carroll HS

25. Padres (Ian Kennedy compensation): Eric Lauer, LHP, Kent State

26. White Sox (Jeff Samardzija compensation): Zach Burdi, RHP, Louisville

27. Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen compensation): Cody Sedlock, RHP, University of Illinois

28. Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann compensation): Carter Kieboom, SS, Walton HS

29. Nationals (Ian Desmond compensation): Dane Dunning, RHP, Florida

30. Rangers (Yovani Gallardo compensation): Cole Ragans, LHP, North Florida Christian HS

31. Mets (Daniels Murphy compensation): Anthony Kay, LHP, Connecticut

32. Dodgers (Zack Greinke compensation):Will Smith, C, Louisville

33. Cardinals (John Lackey compensation): Dylan Carson, OF, Elk Grove HS

34. Cardinals (Jason Heyward compensation): Dakota Hudson, RHP, Mississippi State

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Cardinals Demote Kolten Wong Months After $25.5M Extension

Jun 7, 2016 7:16 AM

Just three months after signing him to a five-year, $25.5 million contract extension, the St. Louis Cardinals have demoted Kolten Wong to Triple-A Memphis.

The move coincides with Jhonny Peralta set to come off the disabled list on Tuesday. Peralta had surgery in March to repair ligament damage to his left thumb.

Wong, 25, is batting .222 with a .571 OPS and six errors this season.

"The key is to get everyday at bats," John Mozeliak said. "And given our current roster it would be hard to do."


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Adam Wainwright Credits Bounce Back Start To 'Micro-Changes'
Adam Wainwright pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Rockies, momentarily delaying talk about whether or not he should be replaced in the Cardinals' starting rotation.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cardinals Gathering Information On Civil Suit Against Carlos Martinez
Carlos Martinez received permission to leave the Cardinals on Friday in order to attend to a personal matter.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Randal Grichuk Now Represented By Casey Close
With a year and 61 days of service time, Randal Grichuk is controllable through the 2020 season and won’t reach arbitration eligibility until the conclusion of the 2017 season.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Cardinals Looking Into Policy After Cubs T-Shirt Flap
The Cardinals intend to re-evaluate their "long-standing policy" of disallowing shirts with the word "suck" on them after a controversy this week at Busch Stadium, according to the club's head of

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Jason Heyward Says He Left Cardinals For Chicago's Locked-Up Core
Visiting Busch Stadium for the first time since he left the Cardinals to sign with the Cubs, Jason Heyward was careful to clarify some of his December comments, which he thinks were misconstrued.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cards' Matt Holliday Will Start At First Base
Matt Holliday had balked about playing first base in previous seasons.

Cardinals Place Brayan Pena On 15-Day DL
Cardinals backup catcher Brayan Pena has a loose body in his left knee and will likely have surgery.

Jose Oquendo Taking Medical Leave Of Absence
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says that third base coach Jose Oquendo may miss the season.

Cardinals Sign Ruben Tejada To One-Year, $1.5M Deal
The Cardinals needed another infielder after losing Jhonny Peralta for the first few months of the season to injury.

Cardinals Looking Into Anti-Gay Allegations 'Very Seriously'
The Cardinals say they are taking allegations from a former pitcher that he quit baseball because of anti-gay comments "very seriously."

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Jhonny Peralta Has Surgery, Out Until Midseason
Jhonny Peralta underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb Thursday morning and will be out until midseason, according to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Braves Have High Asking Price On Erick Aybar
The Braves aren't looking to trade Erick Aybar and have reportedly placed a high asking price on the veteran infielder.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cardinals Aren't Yet Making Trade Calls For Shortstop Help
St. Louis is apparently waiting on a second opinion on Jhonny Peralta's thumb.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Cardinals Reportedly Offered Jason Heyward More Than $200M
Jason Heyward is one of a few players that turned down more money elsewhere to sign with the Cubs this winter.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Jhonny Peralta To Miss 2-3 Months With Thumb Injury
Jhonny Peralta suffered the injury on Saturday and underwent an MRI. Early tests indicate that the shortstop has a torn ligament.


Kolten Wong, Cardinals Agree Upon Five-Year, $25.5M Extension
The Cardinals will pay Kolten Wong $25.5 million over five years.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cardinals Aren't Buying Computer Projections For Season
FanGraphs, which employs a blend of two projection systems, Steamer and ZiPS, has them winning 84 games, 10 fewer than the Cubs and not enough to get into the postseason.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Yadier Molina Has Cast Removed
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has two offseason surgeries on his left thumb.

Matt Holliday Working Out At First Base
Matt Holliday downplayed his work there, suggesting he's doing it just to be versatile enough to play there in a pinch.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cardinals Have Confidence In Stephen Piscotty
The Cardinals lost Jason Heyward in free agency, but are hoping they'll still get strong production in the outfield thanks to their confidence in Stephen Piscotty.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB