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MLB: Game Two-Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals
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Cardinals 1B Paul Goldschmidt (back) pulled from lineup

June 22, 2022, 1:05 AM

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St. Louis Cardinals star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was a late scratch prior to Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers due to lower-back stiffness.

Goldschmidt was initially switched from first base to designated hitter before being pulled from the lineup. Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said the move was precautionary.

Goldschmidt told reporters he would be available to pinch-hit Tuesday night if needed.

"It comes up sometimes, and I think I missed a game with it last year, and hopefully it'll be good to go (Wednesday)," Goldschmidt said.

Earlier in the day, Goldschmidt was named National League Player of the Week after batting .467 (14-for-30) with four homers, three doubles and 11 RBIs in seven games.

Also, Goldschmidt is leading NL first basemen in All-Star voting after tabulations released Tuesday. He has 930,441 votes, well ahead of second-place Pete Alonso (602,321) of the New York Mets.

Goldschmidt, a six-time All-Star, leads the NL with a .339 batting average. He also has 16 home runs and 58 RBIs in 66 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at New York Mets
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Brewers activate LHP Josh Hader, LHP Aaron Ashby to IL

June 20, 2022, 11:04 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers placed left-hander Aaron Ashby on the injured list Monday with forearm inflammation as fellow southpaw Josh Hader returned from paternity leave.

Hader finally returns after going on the paternity list Wednesday. The 28-year-old has 19 saves this season in 21 appearances with a 0.92 ERA. He has 115 saves for the Brewers over six seasons, making the National League All-Star team three times.

Ashby, 24, is 1-5 this season with a 4.25 ERA in 14 appearances (eight starts). His IL move is retroactive to Friday. In two major league seasons, both with the Brewers, Ashby is 4-7 with a 4.36 ERA in 27 appearances (12 starts).

Ashby had an MRI on Monday that did not reveal any structural damage.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals
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Brewers designate Lorenzo Cain for assignment

June 18, 2022, 7:05 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers designated outfielder Lorenzo Cain for assignment in what he called a mutual decision on Saturday, the same day he reached 10 years of MLB service.

Cain, 36, met with team president David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell prior to the club's announcement.

The Brewers selected outfielder Jonathan Davis from Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move.

Cain, a two-time All-Star (2015, 2018) and a 2019 Gold Glove winner, has struggled this season for the Brewers. He is batting a career-worst .179 with just one home run, nine RBIs and 36 strikeouts in 43 games.

His performance had led to questions about retirement, which Cain has been forthcoming about answering.

"It's gotten to that point where I've worked so hard, for so long, that I'm just tired," Cain told The Athletic this week. "It's almost that time ... I always told myself: If I got to the point where I felt like I couldn't compete at a high level, like I want to, then I would definitely call it quits, for sure."

Cain began his career with the Brewers in 2010 and spent the next seven seasons in Kansas City, winning a World Series with the Royals and finishing third in American League MVP voting in 2015.

He rejoined the Brewers in 2018 and became a fan favorite. Cain is a career .283 hitter with 87 home runs and 454 RBIs in 1,171 games.

"If you had told me I was going to play 10 years in the big leagues, I would have thought you were just messing around with me," Cain told The Athletic.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
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Cardinals place C Yadier Molina (knee) on 10-day IL

June 17, 2022, 5:42 PM

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday due to right knee inflammation.

The transaction is retroactive to Thursday.

In a corresponding move, the Cardinals recalled rookie catcher Ivan Herrera from Triple-A Memphis.

Molina, 39, previously announced that this would be his last season. He is hitting .213 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 38 games this season. A 10-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner, Molina is a career .278 hitter with 173 homers and 1,008 RBIs in 2,185 games with the Cardinals.

Herrera, 22, is batting .291 with three homers and 16 RBIs in 30 games this season with Memphis. He will be making his major league debut.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Washington Nationals
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Brewers place star closer Josh Hader on paternity list

June 15, 2022, 11:39 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers placed left-handed closer Josh Hader on the paternity list shortly before Wednesday night's road game against the New York Mets.

Hader, 28, can take three days of leave, per Major League Baseball policy.

Hader entered the day with 19 saves, tied for the MLB lead with Taylor Rogers of the San Diego Padres.

The three-time All-Star is 0-1 with a 0.92 ERA in 21 appearances this season. He has struck out 33 and given up just six hits and six walks in 19 2/3 innings.

Milwaukee activated right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez in a corresponding move. The Brewers claimed Gonzalez off waivers Tuesday. Gonzalez was designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

Gonzalez, 30, had a 7.71 ERA in two starts with Minnesota. Overall, he is 9-23 with a 5.69 ERA in 63 career appearances (49 starts) with the Texas Rangers (2015-16), Colorado Rockies (2019-21) and Twins.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
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Cardinals activate RHP Jack Flaherty off IL to start vs. Pirates

June 15, 2022, 9:36 PM

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The St. Louis Cardinals activated ace Jack Flaherty from the 60-day injured list and he will make his season debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

Flaherty has been sidelined with right shoulder soreness. He will throw approximately 60 pitches before exiting.

The 26-year-old Flaherty received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in the shoulder in March to deal with the inflammation.

Flaherty was slated to make a rehab start at Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday but the Cardinals reversed course on Tuesday after the right-hander insisted he would get more out of a major league start than a third minor league rehab appearance.

Flaherty is 8-1 with a 2.22 ERA in 11 career starts against the Pirates.

Flaherty is 32-24 with a 3.34 ERA in 93 appearances (90 starts) over his first five seasons. He finished fourth in National League Cy Young balloting in 2019 when he went 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA and 231 strikeouts in 33 starts.

Last season, Flaherty was 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 17 appearances (15 starts) while missing time with oblique and shoulder injuries.

St. Louis also optioned left-hander Packy Naughton to Triple-A Memphis and designated catcher Ali Sanchez for assignment.

Naughton is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in nine appearances (three starts) with the Cardinals this season. Sanchez was batting .255 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 30 games for Memphis.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
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Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty (shoulder) to make season debut

June 14, 2022, 7:14 PM

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St. Louis Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty will make his season debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday due to the progress he's making from right shoulder soreness.

Flaherty was slated to make a rehab start at Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday but the Cardinals reversed course after the right-hander insisted he would get more out of a major league start than a third minor league rehab appearance.

"Rehab is a hard thing, and trying to match how you are feeling versus workload, buildup and pitch count and the mental work that goes into it, for me (pitching against the Pirates) was the better option," Flaherty said before Tuesday's doubleheader against Pittsburgh.

Flaherty will throw approximately 60 pitches before exiting.

The 26-year-old Flaherty received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in the shoulder in March to deal with the inflammation.

Recovery was initially slow but has picked up recently. Flaherty pitched seven total innings over his two rehab stints and struck out nine while allowing one run and one hit (a homer). Flaherty threw 59 pitches in Friday's outing.

"He was very adamant about a couple of things: Mainly physically and mentally, he wanted to increase not just the workload, but also the intensity of everything he's doing," Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. "Physically, he feels better than he's ever felt, so he would rather increase the intensity. So, we'll keep him at what he did last time, but at a higher intensity."

Right-hander Andre Pallante, who was slated to start against Pittsburgh, will now likely replace Flaherty once he reaches the pitch limit.

Flaherty is 32-24 with a 3.34 ERA in 93 appearances (90 starts) over the previous five seasons. He finished fourth in National League Cy Young balloting in 2019 when he went 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA and 231 strikeouts in 33 starts.

Last season, Flaherty was 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 17 appearances (15 starts) while missing time with oblique and shoulder injuries.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers
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Brewers place 2B Kolten Wong (calf) on IL

June 11, 2022, 7:00 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers placed second baseman Kolten Wong on the 10-day injured list with a right calf strain prior to Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Wong departed Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies due to the injury and missed the next three contests prior to the move. He tested the calf in running drills on Friday but it hadn't progressed enough to avoid a stint on the IL.

Wong is batting .228 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 52 games this season. He is in his second season with the Brewers after spending seven-plus seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Milwaukee recalled utility man Mark Mathias from Triple-A Nashville. The 27-year-old has a .262 average in 18 career games for the Brewers and went 1-for-6 in two 2022 appearances.

Milwaukee also recalled Peter Strzelecki from Nashville and optioned fellow right-hander Luke Barker to the same club.

Barker, 30, went 0-0 with a 11.25 ERA in three appearances for the Brewers. He is 4-0 with a 3.79 ERA in 17 outings at Nashville.

Strzelecki, 27, made his major-league debut for Milwaukee on June 2, allowing one run and two hits against the San Diego Padres. He was 3-0 with a 3.72 ERA in 16 relief appearances at Nashville.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals
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Brewers C Omar Narvaez reinstated from COVID-19 list

June 10, 2022, 7:50 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers reinstated catcher Omar Narvaez prior to Friday's game against the host Washington Nationals.

Narvaez, 30, has been away from the team while on the COVID-19 injured list. He is batting .274 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 32 games this season.

In seven seasons, Narvaez is batting .267 with 49 home runs and 178 RBIs in 548 games for the Chicago White Sox (2016-18), Seattle Mariners (2019) and Brewers. He was an All-Star in 2021.

Also on Friday, the Brewers placed catcher Alex Jackson on the 10-day injured list with a left middle finger sprain. The move is retroactive to Tuesday.

Jackson, 26, is 3-for-12 with seven strikeouts in five games this season. He is batting .141 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 66 career games with the Atlanta Braves (2019-21), Miami Marlins (2021) and Brewers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants
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Cardinals call up RHP Johan Oviedo, LHP Zack Thompson

June 3, 2022, 3:46 PM

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The St. Louis Cardinals added Triple-A Memphis pitchers Johan Oviedo and Zack Thompson to the roster among a series of moves announced Friday.

The Cardinals optioned pitchers Matthew Liberatore and Kodi Whitley to Memphis following Thursday night's 7-5 loss to the Cubs in Chicago.

St. Louis designated Memphis infielder Kramer Robertson for assignment to make room for Thompson on the 40-man roster.

The Cardinals also said Tyler O'Neill (right shoulder impingement) will begin an injury rehabilitation assignment at Memphis and fellow outfielder Dylan Carlson (left hamstring strain) will do the same at Double-A Springfield.

Oviedo, 24, compiled an 0-8 record with a 5.07 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) with St. Louis during the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 5.58 ERA in 10 starts this season at Memphis.

Thompson, 24, was the Cardinals' first-round pick (19th overall) in 2019 and will be making his major league debut. The left-hander is 2-2 with a 4.67 ERA in 10 starts this season at Memphis.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals
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Brewers place RHP Brandon Woodruff (ankle) on IL

May 30, 2022, 8:35 PM

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Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff was placed on the 15-day injured list with a sprained right ankle prior to Monday's doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs. The move was retroactive to Saturday.

Woodruff, a two-time All-Star, sustained the injury during Friday's outing against the St. Louis Cardinals. He underwent an MRI exam Monday that detected ligament damage, leading to the Brewers to place him on the injury list.

"We've got to back off him," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell told reporters before Monday's twin bill. "He's experiencing the pain still when he throws and so we just need to back off that and calm that down."

Woodruff said he could feel the pain intensify during Friday's start.

"I just knew something wasn't right and I couldn't perform the way I wanted to perform," Woodruff said. "Honestly, this is the best-case scenario. I'm going to take some rest the first few days here, let the ankle calm down, do some strengthening and treatment and then progress in a few days to throwing again and seeing how it feels.

"I think it's just something that I have to let it calm down for a few days and then get back to activities. The hard part is when you starting throwing again, it's such a repetitive motion, what's that going to look like? That's the part we have to manage a little bit."

Woodruff is 5-3 with a 4.74 ERA in nine starts this season. He has 53 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings.

Woodruff's injury leaves Milwaukee down two starters, as the club recently lost 2021 All-Star Freddy Peralta to a shoulder injury that will sideline the right-hander for a lengthy period of time.

The Brewers recalled left-hander Ethan Small from Triple-A Nashville and he started the first game of Monday's doubleheader, won 7-6 by Milwaukee. Small gave up two runs, four hits and four walks and struck out four in 2 2/3 innings in his big league debut.

Milwaukee also recalled right-hander Peter Strzelecki from Nashville.

--Field Level Media

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Report: Brewers to call up Ethan Small, top pitching prospect

May 29, 2022, 5:08 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers are set to call up top pitching prospect Ethan Small, ESPN reported Sunday.

Small, 25, was the Brewers' first-round draft pick in 2019 following his career at Mississippi State. The left-hander has yet to make his major league debut.

At Triple-A Nashville this season, the 6-foot-4 Small is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in eight starts. He has struck out 49 in 38 1/3 innings.

Since being drafted, he has started 33 games and has a 7-5 record and a 1.78 ERA. He has thrown 136 2/3 innings and struck out 177.

The Brewers, leaders in the National League Central, placed right-hander Freddy Peralta on the 15-day injured list on Monday with a lat strain. Manager Craig Counsell said Peralta likely would have a "lengthy absence."

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies
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Free agent RHP Carlos Martinez suspended 80 games for PED test

May 27, 2022, 9:32 PM

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Major League Baseball suspended veteran right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez 80 games on Friday for violating the joint drug prevention and treatment program.

Martinez, who played his entire nine-year MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals, is a free agent. He tested positive for Ibutamoren, a banned performance-enhancing substance.

The two-time All-Star missed the second half of the 2021 season with a torn thumb ligament. The Cardinals chose to decline his option, and he signed a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants in March.

Martinez did not make the Giants' big-league club and was reportedly granted his release April 28. He signed a minor-league deal with the Boston Red Sox earlier this month but was cut after making two starts for Triple-A Worcester, in which he went 0-2 with a 20.77 ERA.

In 274 career games (139 starts) with the Cardinals, Martinez went 62-52 with a 3.74 ERA and 927 strikeouts. The 30-year-old was an All-Star selection in 2015 and 2017.

The 80-game suspension without pay is the collectively bargained penalty for a player's first positive test. A second test would incur a 162-game ban and a third test would mean a lifetime ban.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets
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Cardinals put RHP Jordan Hicks on IL, activate Yadier Molina

May 26, 2022, 9:18 PM

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The St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday put hard-throwing right-hander Jordan Hicks on the 15-day injured list and activated catcher Yadier Molina from the bereavement list.

In corresponding moves, the Cardinals recalled right-handers Jake Woodford and Kodi Whitley from Triple-A Memphis and optioned rookie catcher Ivan Herrera to Memphis.

Hicks (right forearm flexor) is 1-4 with a 5.02 ERA in nine games (seven starts) this season. His stint on the IL is retroactive to Wednesday.

Molina reportedly went on the bereavement list to help tend to his son, who injured his arm playing baseball and was having surgery. Molina is batting .239 with two home runs and eight RBIs. He is a 10-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner.

Whitley (2-0, 4.50) appeared in 11 games for the Cardinals earlier this season and Woodford (1-0, 2.08) has pitched in seven games.

The Cardinals also optioned RHP Junior Fernandez to Triple-A Memphis.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers
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Brewers closer Josh Hader remains on family medical leave

May 24, 2022, 3:23 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers will be without All-Star closer Josh Hader as they continue their three-game series in San Diego.

Hader is with his wife, Maria, who is expecting their first child.

"Josh's wife has had complications with her pregnancy and they're at a stage where Josh did not feel comfortable leaving,'' manager Craig Counsell said before the series opener on Monday.

Milwaukee, which leads the National League Central, began a season-long 11-game, 10-day road trip at San Diego on Monday. Hader's availability for the remainder of the series will be taken day-by-day, Counsell said.

Hader posted on Instagram just after Christmas that Maria was due to give birth to a boy in July.

The 28-year-old Hader has yet to surrender a run in the 2022 season. he's converted all 15 save opportunities and has given up two hits, allowed five walks and struck out 21 batters in 13 2/3 innings. Opponents have a .045 batting average.

Hader's last blown save was July 7 against the New York Mets. He has converted 29 straight save opportunities.

--Field Level Media