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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:45:58 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (abdomen) won't pitch in spring games until mid-March due to an abdominal strain, which could put his availability for the season opener April 5 against the Chicago Cubs in question. Manager Mike Matheny is open to pushing Wainwright's season debut back a couple of days if the prescribed rest doesn't work. Wainwright will be evaluated early next week.
Fantasy Tip: Wainwright is currently teetering on the edge of fantasy ace utility, and there remains concern about how he'll bounce back from elbow surgery, too. If he doesn't suffer anymore setbacks this spring, there's a good chance he'll be ready to pitch the first week of the season.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:54:33 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams faced exaggerated defensive shifts last year and went the opposite way to left field with some regularity to beat it. However, manager Mike Matheny would like to see Adams attempt more bunts to beat the defensive shifts in 2015. "I don't want him to show it more. I want him to execute it more," said Matheny. "He showed it. It just wasn't very effective. He's going to have to lay it down and lay it down fair."
Fantasy Tip: Struggles versus left-handers aside, Adams should be a fine profit play once again in a very strong St. Louis lineup. If his work against the shift continues and he improves against southpaws, a breakout could be coming.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:08:46 -0800
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (abdomen) will be cleared to continue throwing while he allows his abdominal area to heal from a slight strain that should allow him to be ready for the season opener April 5. The Cardinals, however, will have Wainwright "take it slow for about four or five days." He will wait some time to return to the mound, though. The Cardinals ideally would like Wainwright to make four Grapefruit League starts.
Fantasy Tip: This is the best possible news Waino could have received, really. Nothing much will change in the short term. Keep an eye on his progress, though, as any minor setback to his throwing program could make him iffy for the regular season.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:03:04 -0800
Fantasy Tip: That's good news for Waino, since he was already going to be held back a bit from throwing in spring training. However, he's teetering at the bottom of the fantasy ace tier currently, so any more setbacks this spring would likely bump him out of that spot and make him questionable to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:09:03 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (abdomen) said his trip to meet with doctors about his lower abdominal pain is "strictly precautionary." He said he first felt the pain Monday, Feb. 23, while lifting weights, but he's pain-free when he throws. The pain only happens when he lunges or runs. "What I've been told is that there's a very high possibility that we are going to get up there and go, 'All right, just lay low for another couple of days and we're good,'" Wainwright said.
Fantasy Tip: Even if Wainwright's injury is believed to be serious, we won't know for sure until doctors take a look at it. There should still be some valid concern about Wainwright's ability to be ready by opening day because of the fact that he was already going to be held back from throwing because of heavy workloads in recent years. Right now, he's on the edge of the talk for a fantasy ace. One more setback would drop him down a tier and make him that much more risky as the head of your fantasy pitching staff.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:12:58 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (abdomen) is dealing with abdominal pain, and he'll return to St. Louis to visit with a specialist Thursday, Feb. 26. The Cardinals are expecting to know a treatment plan and how much time he'll miss Thursday. Wainwright was already on a delayed throwing program. "It shouldn't affect him at that point, or any more beyond that point," general manager John Mozeliak said. "I would say (the level of concern) is a medium at this point." Wainwright pointed out that he hasn't had pain or soreness in his arm and hasn't felt abdominal pain while throwing.
Fantasy Tip: The results of Wainwright's examination Thursday will be very important for his fantasy baseball value in drafts this spring. If he's forced to miss more time that will set back his throwing program, there's a chance he won't be ready for opening day in April. If that's the case, Wainwright could fall out of fantasy ace territory.
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:28:08 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez was serving as the rotation leader in workouts Monday, Feb. 23, and manager Mike Matheny said he has noticed a more mature pitcher this spring. "A year ago, you just see a kid bouncing around here," Matheny said. "It's amazing the transformation. Obviously, life has helped that process as well. But in general, there is a whole different demeanor to him."
Fantasy Tip: All signs are pointing toward Martinez landing the team's final rotation spot to start the year, unless he struggles mightily during spring training. With a more diverse array of pitches than he used in his relieving days, Martinez could be very nasty on opponents. He makes for an excellent choice with plenty of upside as a starter in the later rounds of drafts.
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:14:00 -0800
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright will have his workload limited this spring and possibility into the regular season after averaging 222 innings in the last three years. Wainwright had surgery to remove torn cartilage in his right elbow in the offseason, and manager Mike Matheny said the biggest change might be the number of starts Wainwright gets this spring. Wainwright made five starts last spring. Wainwright said he'd probably be ready for the season after four starts, but he was unsure how sharp he'd be if he had any less.
Fantasy Tip: Wainwright's elbow surgery and heavy usage in recent seasons is definitely concerning to fantasy baseball owners. However, if his recovery from the surgery goes well this spring, he should remain in fantasy ace territory.
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:03:07 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jason Heyward said he felt his approach while hitting leadoff for much of 2014 limited his power potential. Manager Mike Matheny said he has no plans to hit Heyward leadoff. Matheny likened Heyward's spot in the lineup to New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran's, saying that Beltran hit second in the lineup but had the approach of a No. 3 hitter. Heyward could hit anywhere from No. 2 to No. 6, and Matheny suggests he should just establish a steady approach, regardless of spot.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward is in a contract year, and the team feels he has a lot of "untapped potential." The signs are there for a big season in '15, and he'd make a brilliant second outfielder in mixed leagues.
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:37:54 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Kozma still carries little fantasy value for most teams because he doesn't get a ton of at-bats, and it is doubtful Kozma would get much playing time at catcher unless a major injury to Yadier Molina took place.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:56:35 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (elbow) declared himself to be "exactly where I always am at this point in spring training" Friday, Feb. 20. He underwent offseason elbow surgery, and general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny are looking at workload adjustments to ensure Wainwright is healthy the entire season.
Fantasy Tip: Durability is the biggest concern for Wainwright, who currently projects as a fringe No. 1 arm in mixed leagues. Returning numbers close to his three-year averages of 18 wins, 3.05 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 194 strikeouts would land him in that territory, too. However, those averages include his 2012 season, where he was rebounding from Tommy John surgery. He has been elite the past two seasons and topped those numbers in each campaign.
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:48:17 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jason Heyward hasn't been mentioned in a platoon in right field, even though he's hit just .210 with a .293 on-base percentage and .325 slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers in 283 plate appearances in the last two seasons. The Cardinals think he can turns things around and be successful against lefties. OFs Randal Grichuk and Peter Bourjos will likely have to wait their turn for playing time, since OF Jon Jay has been very successful against left-handers in his career.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward presents an excellent buying opportunity in fantasy drafts this year, especially since he's moving to a much better lineup in St. Louis. The fact that he won't be in a platoon situation makes him an even better purchase. Grichuk is likely to see more playing time than Bourjos this year if Jay or Heyward falter, but he's probably not worth anything more than a late-round flier in deep mixed leagues.
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:23:59 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is adamant that he is a starting pitcher. However, he's made just 16 starts in the last two seasons and thrown less than 100 innings because of injuries. Garcia had left shoulder surgery last year, specifically to address thoracic outlet syndrome. He is coming into spring training on a normal schedule, though, and he'll compete with SPs Carlos Martinez and Marco Gonzales for the final rotation spot.
Fantasy Tip: Garcia's surgery last year was a significant one, and one that is typically tough to rebound from. We don't suggest taking a chance on Garcia in standard 12-team leagues unless he wins the final rotation spot, and that's a big if. Consider him an NL-only target as a cheap investment for now.
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:46:49 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez must be included in a trade proposal for Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels before the Phillies will listen. Hamels loves St. Louis, and his wife is from the area.
Fantasy Tip: There is very little chance the Cards let go of Carlos Martinez unless they feel Adam Wainwright (elbow) or Michael Wacha (shoulder) are compromised for the 2015 season. Martinez has the inside track to win their final rotation spot, and he's a SP4 target in fantasy.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:49:15 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals OF Peter Bourjos (hip) said his offseason hip surgery has removed movement restrictions he had been playing with throughout his entire career. Bourjos is expected to begin with a bench role this season, but he hopes to have a better season at the plate and earn more playing time.
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