St. Louis Cardinals Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Adams went 3-for-3 with an RBI single and double along with another two-bagger in Thursday's 6-4 nightcap of a doubleheader.
Impact: The veteran has been having a difficult time cracking the lineup but cashed in on a start in the nightcap of Thursday's twin bill, as Matt Carpenter opted to serve his one-game suspension without appeal. That put Adams back in his familiar first-base role for the night, and he boosted his average 75 points with his first multi-hit effort of the season. Despite the success, the 28-year-old figures to primarily see action in a pinch-hit capacity for the foreseeable future.
News: Garcia went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Blue Jays in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
Impact: The utility man extraordinaire continues to parlay his occasional starting opportunities into impressive production. After singling as a pinch hitter in the matinee win, Garcia was on base in all four plate appearances while starting the nightcap. The 27-year-old doesn't provide much in the way of power and has yet to log an extra-base hit this season, but his .316 average and .409 OBP nevertheless make him a solid fantasy asset.
News: Lyons could make a spot start Monday against the Brewers, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: A weather-induced doubleheader this week means regular starter Carlos Martinez would be forced to make his next appearance on short rest, so Lyons provides an alternative option if necessary. The southpaw was originally recalled from Triple-A Memphis this week to provide bullpen depth, but looked sharp in two innings against Toronto on Thursday and has compiled a 1.29 ERA over three minor-league starts this season. It would be Lyons' first big league start since 2015, when he went 3-1 with a 4.10 ERA over eight games for the Cardinals.
News: Fowler went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs in Thursday's 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
Impact: Fowler extended the Cardinals' lead to 4-0 with a 401-foot blast to center in the third. It was the continuation of a modest but potentially pivotal three-game stretch for the struggling veteran, who went 7-for-16 with two doubles, Thursday's homer, two RBI, two walks and five runs in the series versus Toronto. That's boosted Fowler's average from .169 to .224 and his slugging from .296 to .388.
News: Rosenthal nailed down his second save of the season in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Blue Jays in the nightcap of a doubleheader, firing a clean ninth inning and recording two strikeouts.
Impact: The former closer was back in his element with Seung Hwan Oh unavailable after having closed out the matinee of the twin bill. Rosenthal flashed pinpoint control, throwing 12 of 13 pitches for strikes while steamrolling Ryan Goins, Justin Smoak and Devon Travis. Rosenthal has been effective while primarily serving as a setup option thus far this season, but he's also been perfect in both of his save opportunities. He continues to confound plenty of hitters, as he's notched a pair of strikeouts in each of his last four appearances and boasts a sparkling 13:0 K:BB.
News: Wainwright (2-3) gave up nine hits on four earned runs and a walk over 6.1 innings in Thursday's 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
Impact: Wainwright hit the 100-pitch mark for the second straight start while going the longest he had in any of his five starts. It was the veteran righty's second consecutive win as well, and he's now lowered his ERA from 7.24 to 6.12 during that stretch. The 35-year-old right-hander pitched to plenty of contact -- notching only five swinging strikes -- but turned in another solid effort after a couple of shaky appearances earlier in April. He'll look to continue the positive momentum in a home start against the potent Brewers offense next Tuesday.
News: Grichuk went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run, three RBI and two runs during Thursday's Game 1 win over Toronto.
Impact: Grichuk has developed a flare for the dramatic evidenced by Thursday's game-extending home run. He's also currently locked in at the dish with a six-game hitting streak. During that span, he's recorded eight runs, five extra-base hits, four RBI and a .409/.480/.727 slash line. Grichuk's fantasy ceiling is high, but he's still got a few kinks in his game to iron out. Specifically, he needs to improve on his 29.3 strikeout percentage and inability to make consistent contact in order to be a less volatile and streaky asset.
News: Carpenter went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and five RBI during Thursday's Game 1 win over Toronto.
Impact: The five RBI doubled his total to 10, and Carpenter finished the game with an underwhelming .250/.373/.417 slash line. However, with a .505 slugging percentage and 49 home runs over the past two seasons, he's probably just underachieving to start the year. Expecting a breakout stretch sooner than later from the veteran will probably pay off, especially considering Carpenter's track record.
News: Martinez allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight batters during Thursday afternoon's win over Toronto.
Impact: It's been an up-and-down start to the season for Martinez, as he's mixed in two poor outings (against the Brewers and Reds) with three strong performances. He's currently sporting a 4.71 ERA and 1.47 WHIP with an unsustainably high 12.2 K/9. Expect all three ratios to begin dropping as he becomes more consistent on the hill and settles into the season. This could prove to be a profitable buy-low opportunity, too. Martinez lines up to face the Brewers next.
News: Rosenthal recorded his second save, allowing no runs on no hits in 1.0 inning, as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Thursday in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
Impact: Rosenthal struck out two, ending the game with a 2.84 ERA and 1.11 WHIP on the season.
News: Garcia went 3 for 3 Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 in the second game of a doubleheader. Garcia scored once and stole a base. He ended the game with a .316 batting average.
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News: Adams went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 in the nightcap of a doubleheader. He ended the game with a .242 batting average.
Impact: Adams had five hits total coming into this contest.
News: Carpenter went 0 for 3 with an RBI Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 in the second game of a doubleheader. He ended the game with a .238 batting average.
Impact: Carpenter, who hit a grand slam in Game 1, is 2 for 11 in the last three games.
News: Fowler went 3 for 4 with a home run and an RBI Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 in the second game of a doubleheader. The homer was his third of the season. Fowler scored twice. He ended the game with a .224 batting average.
Impact: Fowler is 7 for 14 in the last three games.
News: Wainwright improved to 2-3, allowing four runs on nine hits and one walk in 6 1/3 innings, as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Thursday in the nightcap of a double dip. Wainwright struck out four, ending the game with a 6.12 ERA and 1.84 WHIP on the season.
Impact: Wainwright has allowed at least four runs in three of his five starts.
News: Garcia cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A earlier in the week.
Impact: Garcia was added to the 40-man roster after an impressive second-half stint with Memphis in 2016, though his rough start to 2017 (.162/.225/.270 with one homer through 13 games) likely contributed to his departure from the 40-man. A corresponding roster move hasn't been announced yet.
News: Diaz is not in the lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.
Impact: Diaz managed to go just 1-for-6 in Thursday's first game and has gone 1-for-11 over his last two outings. He'll head to the bench for the Cardinals' second game Thursday while Greg Garcia starts at shortstop.
News: Molina is not in the lineup for the second game of the Cardinals' doubleheader against Toronto.
Impact: Molina went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader. He'll get some rest during the second as Eric Fryer fills in behind the dish.
News: Carlos Martinez allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in 6.0 innings as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 on Thursday in the opener of a doubleheader. Martinez struck out eight, ending the game with a 4.71 ERA and 1.47 WHIP on the season.
Impact: Martinez is 0-3 with a 6.33 ERA in his last four starts. He's struck out 29 but walked 14 in 21 1/3 innings in those outings.
News: Matt Bowman improved to 1-0, allowing one hit over 1.0 scoreless inning, as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 on Thursday. Bowman did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 1.54 ERA and 0.69 WHIP on the season.
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News: Greg Garcia went 1 for 1 Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in the opener of a doubleheader. He ended the game with a .257 batting average.
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News: Jedd Gyorko went 0 for 4 Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in the opener of a doubleheader. He ended the game with a .314 batting average.
Impact: He was 9 for 16 with a homer, three doubles, a triple, three RBIs and four runs over his previous four games.
News: Matt Adams went 0 for 1 Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in the opener of a doubleheader. He ended the game with a .167 batting average.
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News: Jonathan Broxton allowed two hits without giving up a run in 1.0 inning as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 on Thursday in the opener of a doubleheader. Broxton did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 9.45 ERA and 2.40 WHIP on the season.
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News: Tyler Lyons allowed one run on one hit and one walk in 2.0 innings as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 on Thursday in the opener of a doubleheader. Lyons struck out two, ending the game with a 4.50 ERA and 1.00 WHIP on the season.
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News: Seung Hwan Oh did not allow a hit or walk in 1.0 scoreless inning as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 on Thursday in the opener of a doubleheader. Oh struck out one, ending the game with a 5.06 ERA and 1.50 WHIP on the season.
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News: Kolten Wong went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in the opener of a doubleheader. Wong scored once. He ended the game with a .250 batting average.
Impact: Wong is 5 for 10 with four runs and three walks over his last three games.
News: Stephen Piscotty went 0 for 2 Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in the opener of a doubleheader. He ended the game with a .226 batting average.
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News: Jose Martinez went 1 for 5 Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in the opener of a doubleheader. Martinez scored once. He ended the game with a .351 batting average.
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News: Yadier Molina went 2 for 4 with two doubles Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in the opener of a doubleheader. Molina scored once and stole a base. He ended the game with a .281 batting average.
Impact: Molina is batting .385 over a six-game hit streak, and he's 7 for 14 over the last three.
News: Aledmys Diaz went 1 for 6 Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in the opener of a doubleheader. He ended the game with a .229 batting average.
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News: Dexter Fowler went 2 for 5 with a double Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in the opener of a doubleheader. Fowler scored twice. He ended the game with a .198 batting average.
Impact: It was Fowler's second straight two-hit game, and he's 8 for 25 with two homers, two doubles, four RBIs and five runs over his last six contests.
News: Matt Carpenter hit his first career grand slam with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning and went 2 for 5 with five RBIs Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in the opener of a doubleheader. The homer was his third of the season. He ended the game with a .250 batting average.
Impact: After a slow start, Carpenter has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. He's 10 for 34 over that span with three homers and eight RBIs.
News: Randal Grichuk went 2 for 2 with a home run and three RBIs Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in the opener of a doubleheader. The homer was his third of the season. Grichuk scored twice. He ended the game with a .250 batting average.
Impact: Grichuk hit a tying, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth. He's 7 for 14 with three doubles and six runs over his last four games.