St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News St. Louis Cardinals 2014-08-23T10:21:14Z St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals aren't looking to rush Yadi's return Even as injured Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina begins to swing again, manager Mike Matheny isn't looking ahead to Molina's return because in his mind, that's a bad approach. Miller, Cards looking to rebound against Philly Shelby Miller and the Cardinals will continue the playoff chase as they look to even the series against David Buchanan and the Phillies on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Waino can't right ship in Philly after early lead Adam Wainwright labored in a decisive four-run third inning and was denied in his bid for a 16th win as the Cardinals dropped a 5-4 decision to the Phillies on Friday night. Cardinals extend deal with Peoria through 2020 The St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday agreed to a four-year extension on their player development contract with their Class A affiliate, the Peoria Chiefs (Midwest League). The deal runs through the 2020 season. Pitching, injuries among factors for postseason push As the Cardinals push for a division title, Trevor Rosenthal, Michael Wacha, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright and Oscar Taveras are five players particularly integral to St. Louis' pursuit of reaching the postseason for a fourth straight season: Jay emerging as force in Cards' lineup Having started the season with little promise of playing time and work to do to move up the depth chart, Jon Jay has recently become the toughest out in the Cardinals' lineup. Cards sweep Reds, close in on first-place Crew Backed by seven scoreless innings from Lance Lynn and three RBIs from Jhonny Peralta, the Cardinals swept the Reds with a 7-3 victory on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. St. Louis won for the seventh time in eight games and gained a game on the Brewers. Lackey gives Neshek Ruth-signed ball for No. 41 Pat Neshek, an avid baseball card and memorabilia collector, received a Babe Ruth autographed baseball from John Lackey on Wednesday as a reward for giving up his No. 41 when Lackey arrived at the Trade Deadline. Cards alter rotation so Waino faces Bucs, Crew The Cardinals will use Thursday's off-day to manipulate their rotation and maximize their use of ace Adam Wainwright down the stretch. Peralta sets sights on 20-homer season Having etched his name into the franchise record books with his 17th home run as a shortstop on Tuesday night, Jhonny Peralta has his sights now set on the next milestone: 20. Descalso is stepping up of late Daniel Descalso, who doubled in the tying run for the second straight night on Tuesday, has quietly put together a strong stretch this month, providing the Cardinals with production similar to what he has late in the season the last few years. Cards stay hot with another walk-off win Jon Jay was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning on Tuesday to give the Cardinals their second walk-off win over the Reds in as many nights. With the 5-4 victory, they are 5-1 on the current homestand. Peralta sets Cards shortstop homer mark With a 438-foot shot into the second deck of the left-field stands on Tuesday night, Jhonny Peralta assumed sole possession as the Cardinals' single-season home run leader at the shortstop position. Memphis' success won't alter callup plans Triple-A Memphis seems headed toward a division title and playoff berth, but the Cardinals still plan to bring up a large group of Redbirds when Major League rosters expand in September. Versatile Garcia joins Cards in utility role Seeking a utility infielder for their bench, the Cardinals dipped into their Triple-A depth on Tuesday and plucked Greg Garcia for the second time this season. Ellis lands on DL with left oblique strain A day after Cardinals manager Mike Matheny revealed that Mark Ellis was unavailable for the team's series opener against the Reds because of soreness, the veteran infielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Cards keep Reds reeling with walk-off win Jhonny Peralta's third hit Monday night was a walk-off single in the 10th inning that not only gave the Cardinals a 6-5 win over the Reds, it took struggling closer Trevor Rosenthal off the hook after he blew his fifth save of the season. Cardinals' thoughts continue to be with Ferguson Cardinals manager Mike Matheny shared his thoughts Monday on the ongoing unrest in nearby Ferguson, Mo., urging the community to come together during this difficult time. Wacha looks sharp in latest bullpen session Shortly after receiving positive news from the another MRI exam of his right shoulder, Michael Wacha took the Busch Stadium bullpen mound on Monday to throw for the second time since a June shutdown due to a stress reaction in his shoulder. Cards call it a season for top-pick Weaver Luke Weaver, the Cardinals' top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, won't throw another pitch this season, as the Cardinals have shut down the right-hander due to workload concerns. Matheny affirms Rosenthal's standing as closer Presumably anticipating that the topic would arise in his postgame news conference following Sunday's 7-6 win over the Padres, manager Mike Matheny snipped any debate about a closer controversy by interrupting the question before it could even be fully asked. Matheny's late move helps Waino secure 15th Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called on Seth Maness to clean up a ninth-inning jam, and the decision helped ace Adam Wainwright match the Major League lead with his 15th win in St. Louis' 7-6 victory Sunday at Busch Stadium. Siegrist sent down to seek regained confidence Cardinals left-hander Kevin Siegrist insisted after Saturday's implosion that he was feeling healthy but otherwise had few answers for his recent struggles. He'll now get time to reflect and rework in Triple-A. Cards recall Martinez after tuneup at Triple-A With the Cardinals needing a fresh arm for the bullpen and Carlos Martinez trending in the right direction at Triple-A, the Cardinals recalled the right-hander on Sunday after a 16-day stay in the Minors. Jay plunked twice in back-to-back games Jon Jay wore a bit of Cardinals' history on Saturday night after he was once again hit by a pair of Padres pitchers. The same thing had happened a day earlier, too, making Jay the franchise's only player in at least 100 years to be hit by multiple pitches in consecutive games. Pair of four-run innings dampen Cardinals The Cardinals' offense weathered the Padres' first four-run inning on Saturday night, but as storms neared Busch Stadium, reliever Kevin Siegrist served up a seventh-inning grand slam to Jedd Gyorko. The blast pushed the Padres ahead by three on the way to a 9-5 victory after a lengthy rain delay. Red jacket day: Four join Cardinals Hall of Fame Among them were a combined 14 All-Star appearances, nine Gold Gloves, two MVP awards and seven World Series championships. Months after christening the organization's Hall of Fame and Museum, the Cardinals held their first induction ceremony Saturday, during which Willie McGee, Jim Edmonds, Mike Shannon and Marty Marion joined the 22 others already enshrined in the gallery. Cards anticipate more callups this September The Cardinals will have an opportunity to fortify their club when rosters expand in two weeks, and manager Mike Matheny suggested on Saturday that the club's class of September callups will probably be larger than the others from his managerial tenure. Regional Daily News 2014-08-23T15:21:14Z