August 29, 2014

Cardinals activate all-star catcher Yadier Molina

CATCHER TONY CRUZ OPTIONED TO SPRINGFIELD (AA);
LEFTY MARCO GONZALES TO START GAME 2 OF TOMORROW’S DAY-NIGHT DOUBLE-HEADER


ST. LOUIS, Mo., August 29, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s series open against the Chicago Cubs that they have activated All-Star catcher Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list and optioned catcher Tony Cruz to Springfield (AA).
            Molina, 32, suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb while sliding into third base on July 9 and was placed on the disabled list the next day.  He underwent corrective surgery for the injury on July 11.
            Molina was batting .287 with 7 HR’s and 30 RBI in 83 games at the time of his injury and he was voted the starting National League All-Star catcher.  Molina was 5-for-6 with three doubles and 2 RBI in a pair of games with Springfield (AA) during an injury rehabilitation stint this week.
            The Cardinals also announced today that left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales will be recalled from Memphis (AAA) and will be added to the team as its 26th man for tomorrow’s day-night double-header.  Gonzales is slated to start tomorrow’s night game (7:15 p.m. CDT) against Chicago.
            Gonzales, 22, the Cardinals number one draft selection (19th player overall) in 2013, has made three prior starts for the Cardinals this season, including his Major League debut on June 25 at Colorado.
            Gonzales, who has pitched at four levels this season (A, AA, AAA, MLB), was 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA in eight starts (45.2 IP) for Memphis.  His overall minor league totals this year include a 9-5 mark with a 2.43 ERA and he’s walked just 27 in 122.0 IP while striking out 117.   His last start came on August 24 vs. Fresno when he logged 6.0 scoreless innings while winning his 4th-straight decision dating back to July 22.


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August 27, 2014

Cards recall Randal Grichuk from Memphis (AAA)

OUTFIELDER SHANE ROBINSON PLACED ON 15-DAY D.L.


PITTSBURGH, Pa., August 26, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that outfielder Shane Robinson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left shoulder subluxation suffered in last night’s win against the Pirates.  The Cardinals have recalled rookie outfielder Randal Grichuk from Memphis (AAA) to take Robinson’s spot on the team’s 25-man active roster.
            Grichuk, 23, appeared in 19 games for the Cardinals in two prior stints this season, batting .136 (6-for-44) with a homer and 3 RBI after debuting on April 28.
            The right-handed hitting Grichuk was batting .259 with a team-high 25 home runs (6th in the Pacific Coast League) and 71 RBI in 108 games at Memphis.  Grichuk is also leading the triple-A Redbirds with his .493 slugging pct. and he was batting .325 against left-handed pitching.
            Grichuk wears uniform #15.


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August 26, 2014

Molina & Wacha progressing in injury rehab

BOTH PLAYERS TO CONTINUE WORKOUTS IN SPRINGFIELD, MO. THIS WEEK

ST. LOUIS, Mo., August 25, 2014 – St. Louis Cardinals Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak announced this afternoon that Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Michael Wacha have shown continued improvement in their injury rehabilitation and that both players will report to the team’s Springfield, Mo. Double-A club this week with plans to continue their rehabilitation.
            Molina will report to Springfield tomorrow (August 26) where he will go through a full workout with the Springfield club.  Wacha is scheduled to report and throw a “live” batting practice session to the Springfield team on Wednesday, August 27.
            Wacha, 5-5, 2.79 ERA, has been sidelined since June 18 due to a right shoulder stress reaction.  Molina, who is batting .287 with 7 HR’s and 30 RBI, has been sidelined since July 10 after having suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb that required corrective surgery.


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August 23, 2014

Cardinals to host an evening with Tony La Russa

Once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans scheduled for September 15th at Busch Stadium

ST. LOUIS, MO (August 22, 2014) –The St. Louis Cardinals and Busch Stadium Special Events are hosting a once-in-a-lifetime event for fans to get up close with Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa on Monday, September 15th at Busch Stadium. 
            As part of the event, the winningest manager in franchise history will tell stories and share insight during a 90 minute Q&A session with broadcaster Dan McLaughlin. 
            Fans that purchase a ticket will also enjoy a cocktail party on the warning track, a photo opportunity with the 2011 World Series trophy, dinner and drinks in the Redbird Club, and take home an autographed Tony La Russa baseball.
            Tickets for the exclusive event are $250 and can be purchased at cardinals.com/larussa. An Evening with Tony La Russa is sponsored by Nestle Purina, The Restaurant at the Cheshire Hotel, and Budweiser.
            The St. Louis Cardinals special events team (#BuschSpecialEvents) specializes in creating unique and memorable experiences.  Busch Stadium is a one-of-kind magical place that has proven to be a very versatile venue for events large and small since it opened in 2006. An iconic, uniquely St. Louis venue, Busch Stadium is home to the St. Louis Cardinals - - one of the most storied franchises in baseball. In addition to two epic World Championship celebrations, Busch Stadium has hosted over a thousand memorable experiences ranging from small corporate gatherings and team building outings to record setting concerts and world class sporting events. Learn more at cardinals.com/events.  


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