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Miles Mikolas (elbow) has resumed throwing in Florida. (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: He expects to be ready for the start of the 2020 season. Mikolas was shut down in late-February due to a right flexor tendon strain. He was originally going to miss the start of the regular season but should now have a chance to be ready with Opening Day possibly months away.

Category: Injury Updates


Paul Goldschmidt is dealing with right elbow soreness and will be out of the Grapefruit League lineup for at least "a couple of days," said St.Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt. (Source: Anne Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Goldschmidt has been dealing with elbow soreness this spring and will miss a few days. The injury doesn't appear to be serious and hopefully the 32-year old first-baseman will return to the field soon. Goldschmidt will most likely be evaluated after his days off and the team could provide up update on his status during the weekend. He shouldn't be moved down draft boards until fantasy owners get full clarity of how serious the elbow injury is.

Category: Injury Updates


Kwang-Hyun Kim allowed two hits while striking out four through three scoreless innings in Monday's 3-0 Grapefruit League win over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Kim has yet to allow a run this spring and owns a 11:1 K:BB through eight innings. He appears to be fully recovered from the groin injury that caused him to miss last Monday's start. Kim is making a strong case for one of the open spots in the Cardinals rotation. He went 17-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 8.5 K:9 in Korea last season.

Category: Game Recaps


Kolten Wong left Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Mets after being hit by a pitch in the lower leg. (Source: Anne Rogers of MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Wong was hit by a pitch in his lower leg in the bottom of the first inning. He remained to run the bases, but did not see the field once the inning was over. The severity of his injury is unknown at this time, and he is currently day-to-day.

Category: Injury Updates


John Gant allowed one hit and two walks while striking out three through four scoreless in Saturday’s Grapefruit League win over the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Gant is competing for one of the two Cardinals rotation spots, and made a strong case for it by firing four scoreless innings on Saturday. He owns a 3.12 ERA, 0.92 WHIP with eight strikeouts across eight 2/3 innings this spring. Gant has 11 major league starts in his career, and he if keeps up his strong spring, the 27-year old could outright win one of the open starting rotation spots.

Category: Game Recaps


Andrew Miller (arm, fingers) is considered doubtful to be ready for Opening Day. (Source: Derrick S. Goold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Miller has struggled gripping a baseball in recent days and the Cardinals aren't exactly sure as to why. The good news is he isn't having any actually pain while pitching. The 34-year-old was recently considered to be one of the best relievers in baseball but has posted an ERA north of 4.00 in each of the past two seasons.

Category: Injury Updates


Carlson contributed a hit and two runs to the Cardinals 6-3 win over the Astros Tuesday. The Cardinals top prospect has scorched the ball to the tune of a .400 average, to go along with a 5/4 walk to strikeout ratio and a .650 slugging percentage through eight games.

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinals have preached that they want to see what they have with their other outfielders before giving Carlson the full time gig but if he can keep this up deep into March they will be hard pressed to stick to that. If he does find himself with an early season gig he could be the Rookie of The Year favorite and one of the biggest steals of the draft.

Category: Game Recaps


Dakota Hudson allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out two across four innings in Tuesday's 6-3 Grapefruit League win over the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Hudson has allowed three runs on six hits while striking out seven across eight 2/3 innings in three appearances this spring. He had impressive 2019, owning a 16-7 record to go along with a 3.35 ERA. Despite the great ERA and record, his 4.93 FIP and 5.08 SIERA suggests that he was a little bit lucky last season. Hudson is currently the 127th pitcher on the consensus rankings and will look to build upon his strong 2019 campaign.

Category: Game Recaps


Paul DeJong went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Tuesday’s 6-4 Grapefruit League win over the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: DeJong is now hitting a blistering .571 with three home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored across six spring games. He currently has a five-game hitting streak and has homered twice in the past three contests. DeJong changed his approach at the plate and is looking to improve on his .233 batting average from last season. The 26-year old is currently the 22nd shortstop in the expert consensus rankings.

Category: Game Recaps


Genesis Cabrera is dealing with a cracked fingernail on his left hand that forced him to exit Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins. (Source: Derrick Goold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cabrera allowed two walks and one hit while striking out one across a scoreless inning before exiting Monday's 6-1 win over the Twins. He appears to have avoided a serious injury and is currently day-to-day. Cabrera has been a starter most of his minor league career, but will come out of the bullpen in 2020. He is someone to keep an eye on in NL only leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Cardinals manager Mike Shildt announced Jack Flaherty as the team's Opening Day starter. (Source: Derrick Goold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Flaherty is coming off an otherworldly second half of the season where he put up a 0.91 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP. Still just 24 years old, many are expecting big things from Flaherty in 2020.


Alex Reyes is currently working on a starters' schedule thus far this spring. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Reyes was thought to assume a high-leverage bullpen role this year but the Cardinals might give him the chance to start during Grapefruit League play. The team has two rotation openings at the moment. The current favorites for those spots are Carlos Martinez and Kwang-Hyun Kim. As of now we would still bet on Reyes opening the year in the bullpen after missing so much time with injuries the past few seasons.


The Cardinals are planning on using Tommy Edman as a super-utility player to begin the 2020 season. (Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: We still expect Edman to play most every day, primarily in the outfield. However, he is also plenty capable of filling in at second base and third base if an opportunity arises. The 24-year-old hit 11 homers and stole 15 bases in just 92 games last season.


Carlos Martinez (shoulder) has been cleared to begin throwing off a mound. (Source: Anne Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martinez hasn't had any setbacks from his off-season procedure and is reportedly feeling healthy. He is aiming to compete for a rotation spot this spring but the Cardinals may still view him as a reliever.

Category: Injury Updates


Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Carpenter drove a line shot homer to right field in the third inning, good for his 15th of the season. He finishes the regular season with a disappointing .226 batting average.

Category: Game Recaps


Dexter Fowler went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored, and a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Fowler came up clutch in a big game for the Cardinals. He will be a key role player in the playoffs. Fowler is batting .238 with 67 RBI and eight steals this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Harrison Bader went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Bader connected for his 12th homer of the year in the fifth inning. Overall, this season has been disappointing for the youngster, batting .207 with 12 homers and 11 steals in 127 games.

Category: Game Recaps


Adam Wainwright (14-10_ allowed six runs on 12 hits - including four homers - over 4.1 innings to take the loss to the Cubs Saturday. He struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: Wainwright had been on a great run, posting an ERA under 1.00 over the span of five starts, but things took a dark turn on Saturday. He allowed two homers to Ian Happ, and one each to Kyle Schwarber and Victor Caratini. Wainwright ends the regular season with a 4.19 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 171.2 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Michael Wacha was removed from his start Wednesday with right shoulder tightness. (Source: Derrick Goold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Prior to exiting, Wacha had allowed two runs in 1.2 innings. Wacha's status for the postseason is in jeopardy, and it's assumed that he won't pitch again until the playoffs.

Category: Injury Updates


Jose Martinez went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Martinez was a menace batting second for the Cardinals Wednesday. On the season, he's batting .271 with 10 homers and 42 RBI.

Category: Game Recaps


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