St. Louis Cardinals Player News: All Positions

News: Carlson, who's hitting .317 overall in his last 10 games at Double-A Springfield, went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs in a win over Amarillo on Wednesday.
Impact: Carlson left the yard in the first and fifth innings for the first multi-homer game of his young career. The 20-year-old's first exposure to Double-A pitching this season has been a rousing success, as he's now slashing .291/.371/.529 with 41 extra-base hits (19 doubles along with a career-high six triples and 16 homers), 51 RBI, 40 walks, 13 stolen bases and 69 runs across 86 games.
News: Gyorko (back/calf/wrist) took swings off a tee Wednesday for the first time since undergoing wrist surgery June 24, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Gyorko still projects to be on the shelf for several more weeks, but he reported being pleased with his progress following Wednesday's developments. The veteran utility man added that he hopes to be ready for a rehab assignment within about two weeks, and that the left calf strain that originally landed him on the injured list is no longer an issue. Gyorko is next slated for flip drills and batting practice, with both steps necessary before he returns to any type of game action.
News: Reyes (pectoral) is doing rehab work at the team's spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida but remains without a firm timetable for return to Triple-A Memphis, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The promising right-hander threw on the side last week and has also been playing catch regularly without any reported setbacks. However, the Cardinals are being cautious with Reyes, who already dealt with fractured pinkie finger earlier in the season. Manager Mike Shildt is keeping a close eye on his young charge, given the frustration Reyes has already endured during a season in which he's generated a 6.03 ERA in 12 games (nine starts) with the Redbirds. "He's making baby steps," Shildt said. "Not as many steps as he'd like moving forward. Making sure he's in a good place mentally, then taking care of things physically. I continue to stay in touch with Alex, check in and see how he's doing."
News: Goldschmidt went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and walk during a 6-5 victory against the Pirates on Wednesday.
Impact: It's a small sample, but the first baseman is 4-for-13 (.308) with two home runs and a double over the last four games. Goldschmidt is now on pace for another 30-homer season, but just barely. Moreover, he's batting only .251, particularly notable considering he hasn't hit below .290 since 2012. Goldschmidt has 18 home runs, 43 RBI and 56 runs in 351 at-bats overall this season.
News: Martinez allowed one run on three hits with a strikeout during the ninth inning to earn a save in a 6-5 victory against the Pirates on Wednesday.
Impact: The veteran allowed three singles, but he induced a groundout with the tying run at third base. He is 6-for-8 in save opportunities with a 3.18 ERA. Martinez is also 2-1 with a 1.15 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 22.2 innings this season.
News: Ponce de Leon allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks while recording three strikeouts across 3.2 innings during a no-decision against the Pirates on Wednesday.
Impact: This outing ended a stretch that saw Ponce de Leon yield just one run in 11.1 innings. Because he's only pitched a modest amount of innings, this performance bumped his ERA up nearly a run. However, despite eight hits, opposing hitters are still only batting .187 against Ponce de Leon. He is 1-0 with a 2.80 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 35.1 innings overall. Ponce de Leon will face the Pirates again at PNC Park on Monday.
News: Bader is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Pirates.
Impact: It has been a really rough year at the plate for Bader (79 wRC+), so even though he is the Cardinals' best defensive center fielder, he figures to continue to lose playing time, especially when Marcell Ozuna (finger) gets healthy. Tyler O'Neill, Dexter Fowler and Jose Martinez will start in the outfield from left to right.
News: Wong is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Pirates.
Impact: He takes a seat despite the fact that a righty (Chris Archer) is starting for Pittsburgh. Tommy Edman will start at second base and lead off.
News: Flaherty allowed one run on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts across seven frames in a no-decision against the Pirates on Tuesday.
Impact: The 23-year-old is still searching for his first win since May 14, but he's now gone seven with one run allowed in each of his last two starts. That's quite an improvement on the 11 runs he yielded in 9.1 innings from June 25 to July 2. Flaherty is 4-6 with a 4.41 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 115 strikeouts in 104 innings this season. He will again try to get back in the win column in his next start at the Reds on Sunday.