Matt Holliday succumbs to injury bug

If your goal has been to stay healthy, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals has not helped your odds so far this season. When the day is done, Matt Holliday will probably become the eighth Cardinal player to hit the DL this season. Billy Beane once described baseball as a war of attrition. For the Cardinals, that has been accurate representation of their 2015 season.

Holliday left Monday night’s game after injuring himself chasing down a ball in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies. Initial reports were a quad injury, which is a punch in the gut for the team that just lost their first baseman for the season to a quad injury that required surgery. He will be further diagnosed today, but it will be difficult for the Cardinals to replace their team leader in OBP.

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What do the Cardinals do about first base now?

During Tuesday night’s 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the St. Louis Cardinals seem to have lost first baseman Matt Adams to a quadriceps injury that may cost Adams the remainder of the 2015 season. A torn quadriceps was the diagnosis Wednesday morning as the Cardinals placed Adams on the 15 day DL and recalled catcher Ed Easley up from Memphis.

Immediately taking his place as the team’s regular first baseman will be Mark Reynolds. It was this role, insurance for Matt Adams, that Reynolds was signed to fill. Though he’s going to be used a little differently than expected.

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The tale of two days for Randal Grichuk

When yesterday’s game wrapped up Randal Grichuk’s box score line left many fans wondering whether there was such a thing as a platinum sombrero. If you don’t know why, a golden sombrero is when you strike out four times in the same game. After the 14 inning loss to the New York Mets, Grichuk’s line read 0-for-6 with 5 strikeouts.

Grichuk wasn’t ready for a return to the big leagues after his injury. He needed a rehab trip to the minors to get his timing back.

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Now is the right time for Jaime Garcia

In the four starts since Adam Wainwright went on the disabled list with a torn achilles on April 25th, the St. Louis Cardinals have tried to replace him in one start with Tim Cooney and another three with Tyler Lyons. In those four starts, Cooney and Lyons have combined to throw 15 1/3 innings with a 6.46 ERA. Only once has either pitched past the fifth inning.

The shoes are big, so to expect either to produce the same kind of results would have been crazy. However, I think everyone expected better performances from them. That’s why, with two rehab appearances under his belt, the time is right for Jaime Garcia to make the move into the big league rotation.

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Villanueva emerging as key reliever for Cardinals

When the St. Louis Cardinals announced the signing of Carlos Villanueva, there wasn’t much expected by it. The 31 year old Villanueva had been a swing man through most of his career. A decent reliever and an abysmal starter. He was mostly brought in to be a long reliever for the Cardinals. A guy who can pick up innings if a starter has to exit early or potentially make a spot start or two for you.

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