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  1. Pirates starter Charlie Morton to begin year on disabled list

    Mar 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Last month Charlie Morton was said to be “ahead of schedule” in his recovery from October hip surgery, but the Pirates right-hander will begin the season on the disabled list. However, it’s not necessarily a setback, as the Pirates won’t need a fifth starter until April 14 and for now at least the plan is…

  2. Theo Epstein compensation Chris Carpenter set for elbow surgery

    Mar 28, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter, the more valuable of the two pitchers the Red Sox got from the Cubs as compensation for exiting GM Theo Epstein, will undergo surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow and miss a chunk of the season. The Red Sox almost surely gave Carpenter a physical upon acquiring him on Feb.…

  3. Mike Matheny: “We’ve taken a step back” with Allen Craig’s return timetable

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig had made such good progress in his recovery from offseason knee surgery that beginning the season on the Cardinals’ active roster as a bench player became a possibility earlier this week, but this morning manager Mike Matheny all but squashed those plans. Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that…

  4. David Wright played a baseball game, survived

    Mar 26, 2012, 5:07 PM EST

    David Wright

    David Wright made his spring debut today against the Cardinals and it went OK. More than OK, actually, as Adam Rubin reportsĀ  — and the picture to the right shows — he made a spectacular diving stop on a Rafael Furcal shot down the third base line, throwing the speedy Furcal out. Wright said he…

  5. Carlos Beltran sent Jon Niese the $10,000 for his nose job

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

    jon niese nose

    Prior to being traded to the Giants last season Carlos Beltran encouraged Mets teammate Jon Niese to get a nose job and even said he’d pay for it. Niese had the rhinoplasty surgery in October, but when he showed up to spring training with a new schnoz he wasn’t certain if Beltran would actually cover…

  6. Allen Craig could make the Cardinals’ Opening Day roster as a pinch-hitter

    Mar 24, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

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

    The original expectation was that Allen Craig would miss the first month of the season following November surgery on his right knee, but it now appears that he is a realistic option for the Opening Day roster. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Craig took batting practice on the major league side…

  7. Report: The Angels are the frontrunner to sign Roy Oswalt

    Mar 24, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    We’ve seen renewed speculation over the past 24 hours that the Cardinals could make a run at Roy Oswalt now that Chris Carpenter is sidelined indefinitely due to nerve irritation in his shoulder. While that may still happen, it appears that a surprise team has entered the mix. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network…

  8. Chris Carpenter “out indefinitely” with nerve irritation in shoulder

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:53 PM EST

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

    Chris Carpenter left Cardinals camp earlier this week with what was described as a neck injury, but after several days of testing by specialists he’s been diagnosed with nerve irritation in his shoulder. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Carpenter is “out indefinitely” with an injury similar to one he had…

  9. Joakim Soria needs season-ending Tommy John surgery

    Mar 23, 2012, 1:36 PM EST

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria got second and third opinions after being diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and they all agreed, so the 27-year-old Royals closer will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery on April 3. Typically recovery timetables are 12-18 months, so Soria will miss the entire season and could be limited in early 2013 as…

  10. Lance Berkman apologizes for calling Bud Selig an extortionist

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    The other day Lance Berkman said that Bud Selig “extorted” Jim Crane into moving the Astros to the American League. It was kind of surprising to hear Berkman using such charged language. He seems more like a “gosh, that’d be swell” kind of guy, not the sort of guy who ruffles feathers like that. Well,…

  11. Carlos Beltran may play some center field for Cardinals

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran played zero innings in center field last season, but he was out there for today’s spring training game and the Cardinals are considering giving him some regular season starts. Jon Jay is the primary center fielder, but manager Mike Mathney told Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com that he’d like to occasionally sub Beltran in…

  12. Cardinals have “no timetable” for Skip Schumaker’s return

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:20 PM EST

    Skip Schumaker

    Skip Schumaker underwent further testing after being diagnosed with a torn oblique muscle earlier this week and it doesn’t sound like the Cardinals should expect him back anytime soon. “There’s no timetable,” Schumaker told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “They just know there’s a significant injury in there. I kind of knew…

  13. Because I know you want to give David Freese a makeover

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Freese makeover

    GQ has a brief interview with the Cardinals’ David Freese. And a “Style Upgrade” which is more fun than it should be. The upshot: you get to slide a little bar across the screen and transform Freese from a guy who looks uncomfortable wearing a bad suit to … well, a guy who looks uncomfortable…

  14. Allen Craig returns from surgery to hit in minor-league game

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:39 AM EST

    Allen Craig

    Chris Carpenter‘s setback is the biggest story in Cardinals camp, but they did get some good news yesterday as Allen Craig returned from knee surgery to play in a minor-league game. It was Craig’s first action since Game 7 of the World Series, although he was limited strictly to hitting and didn’t run or play…

  15. Chris Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp following setback with neck injury

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    carpenter getty

    Whatever progress Chris Carpenter had made in his recovery from a neck injury has been wiped away, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the veteran right-hander has left Cardinals camp “to be further examined by nerve specialists after experiencing renewed symptoms associated with a bulging cervical disc.” In other words:…

  16. Lance Berkman says Bud Selig “extorted” new Astros’ owner into moving team to AL

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:45 PM EST

    Lance Berkman Getty

    Lance Berkman used a pretty loaded word earlier today to describe how MLB commissioner Bud Selig convinced new Astros’ owner Jim Crane to move the team to the American League West. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the former Astro said Selig “extorted” Crane into switching leagues as a precondition of ownership. Berkman hasn’t conveyed…

  17. Skip Schumaker diagnosed with torn oblique muscle

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Skip Schumaker

    An MRI exam revealed that Skip Schumaker has a torn right oblique muscle, making it all but certain that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals won’t have a timetable for his return until getting more information tomorrow, but general manager John…

  18. Chris Carpenter throws two-inning simulated game

    Mar 18, 2012, 4:08 PM EST

    carpenter pose getty

    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter took a big step in the right direction Sunday, throwing two simulated innings to a group of teammates in camp. Carpenter was diagnosed earlier this month with a bulging cervical disc in his neck and has not yet appeared in a Grapefruit League game. But he’s beginning to make progress and…

  19. Chris Carpenter “felt good” after 30-pitch bullpen session

    Mar 16, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Chris Carpenter‘s status for Opening Day remains in question because of a neck injury and the Cardinals are preparing Lance Lynn to potentially step into the rotation, but Carpenter was healthy enough to throw off a mound yesterday. He was throwing for the first time in nearly two weeks and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports…

  20. How close was Carlos Beltran to signing with the Red Sox?

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran was linked to the Red Sox prior to signing with the Cardinals, but today the veteran outfielder explained to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal why he didn’t end up in Boston: I did feel that it was going to be a good fit for me. We talked a little bit, and they…

  21. Aaron Kurcz goes to Red Sox to complete Theo Epstein compensation package

    Mar 15, 2012, 6:46 PM EST

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

    Already having picked up Chris Carpenter, the Red Sox have now acquired fellow right-hander Aaron Kurcz from the Cubs as the player to be named in the Theo Epstein compensation package. This comes almost five months after Epstein left the Red Sox to become the Cubs’ president of baseball operations. The Red Sox still owe…

  22. Cardinals demote top prospects Shelby Miller, Zack Cox

    Mar 14, 2012, 6:45 PM EST

    Shelby Miller

    Any speculation that Shelby Miller might be the choice to replace Chris Carpenter in early April ended Wednesday with the Cardinals’ decision to reassign him to minor league camp. Among the others also demoted today were fellow starter Brandon Dickson and third baseman Zack Cox. Miller, one of baseball’s top prospects, went 11-6 with a…

  23. The Mets, Carlos Beltran and the problem of media access

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Yesterday Adam Rubin of ESPN New York made a series of tweets regarding that flap from 2010 about Carlos Beltran not visiting Walter Reed Hospital. You remember it: Beltran didn’t go, he had permission not to due to other charitable obligations, the team said it was OK, but then stories came out about how mad…

  24. Carlos Beltran offers his thoughts on the Mets

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals are facing the Mets today. It’s Beltran’s first action against his old team. And if Beltran facing Adam Wainwright in freaking early-spring batting practice was deemed newsworthy, you can bet than him facing the Mets is too. To that end, Jon Paul Morosi asked Beltran for his thoughts on the…

  25. Lance Lynn moving back to rotation with Chris Carpenter out

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:10 PM EST

    Lance Lynn

    Fortunately for the Cardinals, Chris Carpenter got hurt in early March, rather than at the end of the month. Manager Mike Matheny made the curious decision last month to have Lance Lynn, Kyle McClellan and Mitchell Boggs all prepare as relievers this spring, even though those three guys seemed to be his next best rotation…

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