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  1. Cardinals considering “Plan B” options in case Carpenter misses the start of the season

    Mar 11, 2012, 5:41 PM EST

    carpenter reuters

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak spoke to ESPN 101’s Brian Stull on Sunday morning about Chris Carpenter‘s neck injury, which has been officially diagnosed as a bulging cervical disc. Mozeliak didn’t get into many specifics about the diagnosis nor did he speak about a recovery timetable for the 36-year-old right-hander, but he did admit there…

  2. Allen Craig (knee surgery) aiming to play in game by May

    Mar 11, 2012, 11:16 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig told reporters when he arrived at spring training in Jupiter, Florida last month that he was hoping to be ready for Opening Day. But that never seemed very realistic. Craig, who underwent surgery in November to repair a small fracture in his right kneecap, acknowledged Sunday to B.J. Rains of FOX…

  3. Chris Carpenter diagnosed with bulging cervical disc

    Mar 11, 2012, 8:59 AM EST

    carpenter getty

    From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes this update on right-hander Chris Carpenter: Still unable to project their co-ace’s return to the mound, the Cardinals nonetheless drew a sigh of relief upon learning Saturday that Chris Carpenter is dealing with a bulging cervical disc rather than a recurrence of career-threatening nerve issues. Carpenter…

  4. Adam Wainwright sharp in return from Tommy John surgery

    Mar 9, 2012, 5:41 PM EST

    Adam Wainwright

    Making his spring debut after missing all of 2011, Adam Wainwright pitched two hitless innings against the Twins on Friday. Wainwright was consistently in the low-90s in the outing, showing the same velocity he did prior to his Tommy John surgery last spring. He wasn’t perfect with his command, throwing 14 of his 30 pitches…

  5. Chris Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp with neck injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter will miss his scheduled start Monday and has left Cardinals camp to get a second opinion on his injured neck, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Strauss writes that the Cardinals have “remained intentionally vague about Carpenter’s timetable after initially suggesting he would miss one Grapefruit League start.” Carpenter…

  6. Nick Johnson is likely to make the Orioles … “if healthy”

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles infielder Johnson reaches for a grounder during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota

    When it comes to Nick Johnson, using the “if healthy” caveat makes anything that follows sound sort of silly, but manager Buck Showalter indicated yesterday that the perpetually injured first baseman is likely to make the Orioles out of spring training … if healthy. “I think he brings some things that I’d really like to…

  7. The Cardinals and Yadier Molina finalize their deal

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:53 PM EST

    yadier molina getty

    Via Ken Rosenthal and Derek Goold, we learn the final details of the Yadier Molina deal: Five years, $75 million The deal begins in 2013, and there is a mutual option for 2018 at $15 million There is no deferred money There is a no-trade clause Like we’ve said before: wow, that’s rich for a…

  8. Looking back at Game 6

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz misses a two RBI double off the wall by St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese in the ninth inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Rangers fans may not want to read it, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today has a great story about Game 6 of the World Series from the Rangers’ perspective.  It’s a fantastic blow-by-blow of what went down after the Rangers left the field with a 7-5 lead at the end of the eighth inning. And…

  9. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

  10. Mike Napoli: “I’ll test the [free agent] market”

    Feb 29, 2012, 9:40 PM EST

    napoli getty square

    The Cardinals’ five-year, $75 million contract with catcher Yadier Molina is already creating quite a ripple effect around the major leagues. Miguel Montero officially cut off long-term talks on Wednesday afternoon with the D’Backs, and now Mike Napoli has done the same with the Rangers. Napoli told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram late…

  11. Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero end extension talks

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    miguel montero getty

    Shortly after Yadier Molina and the Cardinals agreed to a five-year, $75 million deal that will keep him from hitting the open market next offseason fellow impending free agent catcher Miguel Montero and the Diamondbacks announced that they’ve stopped negotiating a long-term extension. While standing alongside Montero at a podium general manager Kevin Towers told…

  12. The Yadier Molina extension is a go: five years, $75 million

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:46 AM EST

    Yadier Molina

    They’ve been working on it for a while, but Heyman reports that they’re done working: the Cardinals and Yadier Molina have reached an agreement on a five year, $75 million contract extension.  Rosenthal first had the outline of the deal on Monday. It’s the second biggest deal ever for a catcher behind Joe Mauer‘s.  With…

  13. Great Moments in Not Letting Go of the Past

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:31 AM EST

    Beltran NLCS 2006

    You may have forgotten that Adam Wainwright struck out Carlos Beltran looking to end the 2006 NLCS.  That is, unless you read the New York tabloids because they have never let that go. And so it was this morning, that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted that Beltran was going to face his…

  14. Cardinals and Yadier Molina closing in on five-year, $70-75M extension

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    yadier molina getty

    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that the two sides are closing in on a five-year deal in the $70-75 million range. Molina would make $14-15 million per season if Rosenthal is correct, which would give him the second-highest AAV (average annual value) for a catcher ever behind Joe Mauer‘s current eight-year, $184 million contract ($23 million). As…

  15. Allen Craig has “a nice jog” for first time since knee surgery

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig still has a long road back from knee surgery, but today he ran for the first time since having screws inserted into his kneecap in November. “I was able to pick up the pace to a nice jog,” Craig told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “It wasn’t a run or…

  16. Adam Wainwright throws first batting practice session of the spring

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:05 PM EST

    Adam Wainwright AP

    Adam Wainwright required Tommy John surgery after feeling discomfort in his right elbow while throwing batting practice almost exactly one year ago. Earlier today, Wainwright was right back at it, throwing batting practice to teammates at Cardinals’ camp in Jupiter, Florida. While Wainwright hasn’t felt any soreness or tightness in his surgically-repaired elbow thus far,…

  17. Yankees, Russell Martin give up on extension talks

    Feb 24, 2012, 7:35 PM EST

    Russell Martin

    Apparently the Yankees and Russell Martin have fairly different ideas of what the catcher’s long-term worth is. Following a round of negotiations this week, GM Brian Cashman said Friday that the two sides have “mutually agreed to wait” on working out an extension beyond 2012. The 29-year-old Martin will make $7.5 million this season after…

  18. Yadier Molina and Cardinals moving closer to extension

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Yadier Molina

    Yesterday the Cardinals were said to have “re-engaged” in contract talks with Yadier Molina after negotiations were previously tabled and now Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the two sides could be nearing a deal. According to Strauss “movement on Molina is significant enough that source familiar with the situation believes…

  19. Ryan Braun’s return puts Brewers on good footing in NL Central

    Feb 23, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun slaps hands with teammate Rickie Weeks after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of Game 1 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoff game in Milwaukee

    In doing the Brewers’ edition of running down the rosters earlier this month, I presented two lineups: one with Ryan Braun and one without him for the 50 games he appeared likely to miss pending the appeal of his PED suspension. Needless to say, the one with the exonerated 2011 NL MVP looked a whole…

  20. Yadier Molina likely to become one of the highest-paid catchers ever

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:52 PM EST

    Yadier Molina

    Just three catchers in big-league history have signed contracts worth in excess of $10 million per season. That’s about to change. Yadier Molina heads a class of four free-agent-to-be catchers, all of whom could find themselves in eight-figure territory with big 2012 seasons. Molina is probably the one sure thing in the bunch to draw…

  21. Cardinals “re-engage” in contract talks with Yadier Molina

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    yadier molina getty

    Earlier this week Yadier Molina said that long-term contract negotiations with the Cardinals had stopped, but now Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the two sides have “re-engaged” in talks. Molina has made it clear that he won’t discuss a deal once spring training is over and he’ll be a free…

  22. True to his word, Carlos Beltran will pay for Jon Niese’s nose job

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    jon niese nose

    Jon Niese showed up to spring training earlier this week with a reconstructed schnoz, relaying the story of how former Mets teammate Carlos Beltran encouraged him to get a nose job and even offered to pay for the operation. That was before Beltran got traded to the Giants around midseason, but apparently he’s living up…

  23. Yadier Molina won’t discuss contract extension during the season

    Feb 21, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    yadi molina getty

    Yadier Molina recently indicated that he would be willing to discuss a contract extension with the Cardinals during the season, but the impending free agent is apparently going to follow the example of his friend and former teammate Albert Pujols. Molina’s agent, Melvin Roman, told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his client…

  24. Roy Halladay passes on snake wrestling, intoxicating bark

    Feb 21, 2012, 5:49 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    Roy Halladay isn’t generally known for his interesting interviews. However, his winter getaway fishing on the Amazon provided him with a couple of fun anecdotes today. According to legend, Halladay, who went to Brazil with Chris Carpenter and B.J. Ryan, wrestled an anaconda in the river. That wasn’t exactly the case, though. “I was not…

  25. Theo Epstein compensation watch: the Cubs send Chris Carpenter and a PTBNL to the Red Sox

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    No, not that Chris Carpenter. He’s still a Cardinal. This is the Cubs reliever. Who will now be a Boston Red Sox in exchange for the Cubs hiring away Theo Epstein. There will be a player to be named later too, so it’s not like this is ever ending, apparently. Not a significant player, really.…

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