Jaime Garcia is unlikely to pitch in the team's upcoming series against the Padres, but the Cardinals remain optimistic that a left groin strain that has bugged the lefty for the last week won't necessitate a move to the disabled list.
With continued discomfort around his left wrist, Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was held out of batting practice on Wednesday and is facing the possibility of returning to the disabled list with an injury that has been nagging him all year.
There was no glamour for Lance Lynn on Tuesday night, no making history like his counterpart did, just another workmanlike outing from a guy whose walkout song proclaims that he belongs to the "blue collar crowd."
While the rest of the Cardinals' offense spent the night tied up by White Sox starter Chris Sale and swinging through a high percentage of his pitches, Randal Grichuk went up for each at-bat feeling like he had the advantage.
The White Sox capped a history-making night by starter Chris Sale with an 11-inning, 2-1 win to open a two-game set against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. Tyler Flowers' two-out solo homer off reliever Miguel Socolovich in the deciding frame snapped a string of seven scoreless innings by the White Sox offense and put an end to St. Louis' six-game winning streak.
The Cardinals have placed right-hander Matt Belisle on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, retroactive to Friday.
To fill his place on the roster, the club has purchased the contract of right-hander Marcus Hatley from Triple-A Memphis.
With less than four days remaining for fans to vote for All-Star Game starters, third baseman Matt Carpenter and shortstop Jhonny Peralta sit atop the voting leaderboard at their respective positions, while several of their teammates make a last-minute push to join them for the July 14 All-Star Game in Cincinnati via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
Despite tearing his left Achilles tendon in late April, Wainwright is hanging on to the hope that he will don a Cardinals uniform, with no walking boot, as an active player before the 2015 season concludes.
Tony La Russa issued a vote of confidence into the integrity of the Cardinals organization on Monday as the club awaits the conclusion of an FBI investigation into allegations that front office officials gained unauthorized access into the Houston Astros' network.
Carlos Martinez got a groundout from Addison Russell to end the second inning, and then nearly two hours passed before he threw another pitch in the Cardinals' 4-1 win over the Cubs on Sunday night, bringing about a test for the St. Louis righty.
The Cardinals are a week away from learning which of their players will be selected for participation in the July 14 All-Star Game. And the club, which boasted a Major League-most 50 wins entering play Sunday night at home vs. the Cubs, is not short on candidates.
The Cardinals and Cubs are rivals on the field, but at Sunday morning's St. Louis Cornhole Challenge, they were teammates in the fight against cancer thanks to the efforts of former Cardinal and current Cubs reliever Jason Motte and his wife, Caitlin.
Though Matt Holliday is still uncertain whether his return from a quad injury will happen before or after the All-Star break, he did confirm on Sunday that if elected to the All-Star Game, he would participate at least in the peripheral activities next month in Cincinnati.
After weathering two hours and 29 minutes' worth of rain delays, the Cardinals ran their winning streak to six by finishing off a three-game sweep of the Cubs with a 4-1 win at Busch Stadium on Sunday night. The Cubs, who fell 11 1/2 games behind the National League Central leaders, have dropped five straight.
A read of the final box score would suggest that Saturday's 8-1 Cardinals win over the Cubs featured few dramatics -- which was true by the end. However, the complexion of a game that eventually turned into the team's fifth straight win changed long before the Cardinals posted back-to-back four-run innings.
Xavier Scruggs had struggled against Donn Roach as a member of Triple-A Memphis this season, going 0-for-6 against the right-hander, who was called up to make his Cubs debut against the Cardinals in an 8-1 St. Louis victory at Busch Stadium on Saturday night.
With their 8-1 win over the Cubs on Saturday, the Cardinals not only became the Majors' first 50-win team this season, they became the first club in a decade to reach that benchmark in its first 74 games.
The Cardinals extended their winning streak to five and became the first team since the 2005 World Series champion White Sox to win 50 of its first 74 games by rolling over the Cubs, 8-1, in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium on Saturday night. St. Louis became just the 18th team in the past 50 years to win 50 of its first 74 games.
Unable to throw his scheduled side session on Saturday due to continued cramping around his left groin, Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia will have his next start pushed back until at least Wednesday.
John Lackey had thrown 93 pitches in fewer than five innings of work in Friday night's eventual 3-2 win in extra innings. Three straight Cubs had singled against the St. Louis starter, and the last two had done so on full counts with two outs.
Greg Garcia felt pretty certain that by the time the Cardinals were celebrating a 3-2 win over the Cubs on Friday, his 94-year-old grandfather, Dave Garcia, Sr., had already cued up a replay of the game-tying home run Garcia hit two innings before the finish.
Alex Reyes, who was recently named to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game world roster, may not be able to participate in the prospect showcase event due to right shoulder soreness, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak acknowledged on Friday.
Peter Bourjos beat an errant throw home from Cubs right fielder Mike Baxter, who had been pulled in as a fifth infielder, to lift the Cardinals to their sixth walk-off win of the season. The 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Cubs in front of a sellout crowd on Friday night at Busch Stadium pushed the Cardinals' winning streak to four.
Having increased the intensity of other exercises while the team was on the road for nine days, left fielder Matt Holliday expects to take another step forward in his rehab work next week by testing his strained right quad with running.