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News: Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer Saturday against the Pirates.
Impact: Martinez smashed his 10th home run of the season to close out the scoring for the Cardinals in a road loss. He continues to be a decent fantasy option, as he's slashing .288/.357/.514.
News: DeJong went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk Saturday against the Pirates.
Impact: DeJong launched his 20th bomb of the campaign in the eighth inning as the Cardinals tried to mount a comeback, though they came up short. He's now homered in back-to-back games to raise his slugging percentage to .591 to go along with a .305 batting average, and he's been a fantasy superstar for the nearly three months he's been in the lineup.
News: Wacha (9-6) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three across four innings to take the loss Saturday against the Pirates.
Impact: Wacha gave up a pair of two-run homers in a five-run second inning, and he was unable to give the Cardinals a chance to gain a road victory. Although he's been effective in the majority of his starts, Wacha has allowed at least four earned runs in three of his last six starts to raise his ERA from 3.71 to 4.08. He'll make his next start Friday against the Rays.
News: Fowler is not in the lineup Saturday due to back tightness.
Impact: Fowler could be available off the bench, so this appears to be nothing serious.
News: Wainwright received a PRP injection in his right elbow Saturday and will be shut down from throwing for 10-14 days, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Wainwright remains without a timetable for his return, but the Cardinals are optimistic that he'll be back in action before the season is over. In the meantime, Luke Weaver will continue to fill his spot in the starting rotation.
News: Manager Mike Matheny said Fowler is not in Saturday's lineup because he is dealing with back discomfort, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Fowler is receiving treatment, and the Cardinals said they think he could ultimately play Saturday if needed. This is an encouraging sign, as the injury doesn't appear to be anything too serious, and the hope is that he'll be ready to return for Sunday's series finale after the day off. The Cardinals are deploying an outfield of Jose Martinez, Randal Grichuk and Tommy Pham in his absence.
News: Fowler is out of Saturday's lineup against the Pirates, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: He has started 10 of the last 11 games, hitting .441/.587/.824 with one home run and 12 walks over that span. Tommy Pham will start in center field and hit second against righty Chad Kuhl.
News: Molina is out of Saturday's lineup against the Pirates, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: He has only not appeared in three games since the All-Star break, and he's hitting .283/.319/.469 with five home runs and three steals in 113 at-bats over that span. Carson Kelly starts behind the dish and will hit eighth.
News: Wong (hip) is starting at second base and hitting sixth Saturday against the Pirates, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: He was a late scratch Friday due to a minor hip injury, but will be back in for the matinee against righty Chad Kuhl. Wong is hitting .327/.405/.452 with one home run, one steal, 20 runs and 15 RBI in 104 at-bats since the All-Star break.
News: Lucas' contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.
Impact: This will mark the first appearance in the big leagues for the 26-year-old right-handed reliever. He certainly deserved the promotion, notching a 3.34 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 65 strikeouts in 56.2 innings with Memphis. Look for him to be used in low-leverage situations.
News: Siegrist (forearm) threw another successful bullpen session at Busch Stadium on Thursday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The recovering reliever logged two setback-free bullpens during this past week, setting up a third such session this coming Sunday. Siegrist will then be evaluated to determine whether or not a minor-league rehab stint will be necessary before he's activated.