Lefty reliever Zach Duke, who made 28 appearances for the Cardinals after being acquired on July 31, will not make another in 2017. General manager John Mozeliak confirmed that Duke recently underwent surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament as well as a forearm flexor muscle in his left arm. Recovery from the surgery is expected to take between 12 and 18 months.
Former Rockies, A's and Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame on Wednesday night prior to the contest between the Surprise Saguaros and the Scottsdale Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium.
The spotlight may shine on the Arizona Fall League more than ever in the prospect circuit's 25th season. Usually packed with phenoms, the league has even more blue-chip prospects than usual. And, as you may have heard, a certain Heisman Trophy winner will take the next step in his baseball development with the Scottsdale Scorpions.
As laid out by general manager John Mozeliak in an end-of-season news conference on Wednesday, the Cardinals will seek to improve defensively and to inject added athleticism on the position-player side as the club retools for 2017.
Despite questions about how a recurring stress reaction right shoulder injury might restrict Michael Wacha from carrying a starting pitcher's workload in the future, general manager John Mozeliak confirmed on Wednesday that the organization still views him as a starter heading into 2017.
It all ended so abruptly for the Cardinals, who, after falling short in their nine previous attempts to move 10 games above .500, finally got there on Sunday only to find the mark ultimately inconsequential. That's because for the third time in five seasons, the Giants knocked the Cardinals out of the postseason.
While the Cardinals brought some closure to Matt Holliday's contract situation last week by acknowledging their intentions to decline his club option, a decision remains to be made on lefty starter Jaime Garcia.
The Cardinals did their part, thumping the Pirates, 10-4, to end the season with four straight wins. But they did not get the necessary help out West, where the Giants, with their own sweep, ended the Cardinals' postseason pursuit at 5:11 p.m. CT on Sunday.
Mike Matheny worked without a script this weekend, hopeful of finding the proper way to recognize Matt Holliday's contributions to the organization, but unsure how that sendoff would fit amid a postseason race. In the end, it all fit together perfectly.
Yadier Molina had a triple before it was overturned and called a ground-rule double following a Pirates challenge in the seventh inning Sunday. Though he returned to second base, he had sparked the decisive six-run inning in the Cardinals' 10-4 victory over the Pirates.
It will all come down to Game 162 for the Cardinals, who, with a 4-3, come-from-behind win over the Pirates at Busch Stadium, staved off potential Wild Card elimination on Saturday. Jedd Gyorko delivered the game-winning hit with his two-out, eighth-inning home run.
Manager Mike Matheny worked off script with tremendous success on Saturday, as he deployed six relievers to cover the innings left exposed by another ineffective start. Roles were relinquished in an all-hands-on-deck effort from the Cardinals' bullpen that led to a 4-3 win over the Pirates and assured the club of entering its regular-season finale still in the National League Wild Card mix.
Jedd Gyorko's comeback-capping home run in the eighth inning Saturday that gave the Cardinals the 4-3 win over the Pirates almost didn't happen. The second baseman took a close pitch from Felipe Rivero for a controversial ball three, then followed that up with a blast to keep St. Louis a game behind San Francisco for the second NL Wild Card spot.
The standing ovation, the improbable home run, the reception from his teammates, it all brought veteran outfielder Matt Holliday to tears on Friday. A day later, he described it all as "an out-of-body experience" and a storybook end to his seven-plus seasons in St. Louis.
With an inspired start by Carlos Martinez and a flood of production against the Pirates' bullpen, the Cardinals asserted their place in the National League Wild Card race with a 7-0 victory at Busch Stadium on Friday night. The win kept pressure on the Giants, who held their one-game lead over the Cards for the second Wild Card spot after beating the Dodgers later in the evening.
Having informed Matt Holliday earlier this week that the organization is unlikely to exercise his $17 million option for 2017, general manager John Mozeliak announced that the Cardinals would activate Holliday from the disabled list on Friday in order to give the veteran outfielder an opportunity to salute the fans with one final appearance. How they would script a sendoff amid a Wild Card race was unknown, but when manager Mike Matheny found the right moment, Holliday penned a storybook ending.
His regular-season numbers complete after capping the best season of his young career with one of his most in-control starts, Carlos Martinez now turns his attention to what's next -- even if he's not yet sure what that might be.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny followed Brandon Moss up the tunnel after he took him out of Wednesday night's game against the Reds in the seventh inning. He didn't say anything, but he could tell Moss was "wearing it hard" after he struck out to end the seventh inning with runners on second and third.
The Cardinals' 4-3 walk-off win over the Reds on Thursday -- a crucial victory as St. Louis works to chase San Francisco in the Wild Card standings -- was laced with controversy, as Yadier Molina's RBI double, by rule, should not have been a game-winning hit at all.
Having stuck with Brandon Moss throughout his historic September slump, Mike Matheny acknowledged on Thursday that it's time for a change. He pulled Moss out of the lineup, replacing the skidding slugger with Minor League journeyman Jose Martinez.
Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh downplayed the severity of the groin tightness that bumped him from Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Reds, insisting that he expects to be available for the final four games of the regular season.
After establishing a career best with his 138th start behind the plate on Tuesday, Yadier Molina continues marching toward becoming the third catcher in franchise history to log at least 1,200 innings behind the plate in a season.
After spending much of Monday in Miami, where he mourned the loss of Jose Fernandez alongside family and close friends, Aledmys Diaz returned to St. Louis ready to pay tribute to the childhood friend who died Sunday in a boating accident.
Though the Cardinals entered Tuesday one game out of playoff positioning, an afternoon session that general manager John Mozeliak held with the media took on an end-of-year feel, as many of the questions either elicited reflection on the season or thoughts about how the team will retool for 2017.