The Cardinals are nearing a deal with free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, according to multiple reports. George Kottaras, claimed by St. Louis off waivers on July 11, will reportedly be released to make room for Pierzynski.
Mike Matheny fielded a few questions on Friday about the man who used to occupy his post as the Cardinals' manager, Tony La Russa. Matheny, who played catcher for La Russa's Cardinals from 2000-04, said: "We knew we were in the midst of a Hall of Fame-caliber manager."
The speeches are just about written and a crowd perhaps in excess of 50,000 is expected Sunday for the induction ceremony of this memorable Class of 2014 -- 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.
Shelby Miller will return to the Cardinals' rotation after not starting since July 10 on Saturday at Wrigley Field. He'll face Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, aiming for his ninth straight quality start as Chicago looks to clinch the series.
Nearly a month into Oscar Taveras' second big league stay, the Cardinals are beginning to re-evaluate whether keeping the outfielder on the Major League roster is best for him in both the short and long term.
The Rays finished off a two-game sweep of St. Louis with a 3-0 win at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night, leaving the Cardinals with a losing home stay and even with the Pirates in the division's second spot.
Shelby Miller's brief transfer to the bullpen has concluded, as the Cardinals announced on Wednesday that Miller will return to the rotation on Saturday to face the Cubs. Concurrent with Miller's transition back to starting, Carlos Martinez will shift to the bullpen, where he is immediately ready for use.
To make room for Kevin Siegrist's activation from the disabled list, the Cardinals optioned Nick Greenwood to Triple-A Memphis, where the lefty will pitch out of the bullpen but also remain stretched out in case the club has a later need for a long reliever.
The Cardinals netted an extra pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft through Wednesday's Competitive Balance Lottery, which was introduced in the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement as a way to give small-market and low-revenue teams the chance to earn one of 12 extra picks.
En route to a 7-2 victory in front of 43,623 fans at Busch Stadium, the Rays chased Wainwright during a five-run fifth in which Tampa Bay tallied only two hits. Wainwright provided the rest of the assistance, committing a fielding error, walking three and hitting one in his first outing since starting the All-Star Game.
A challenge not won by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny worked in the Cards' favor on Tuesday night, when Matt Holliday followed a contested foul ball in the sixth inning with a 424-foot solo homer to pull the Cardinals to within four runs of the Rays.
With the non-waiver Trade Deadline nine days away, the Cardinals continue to zero in on starting pitchers who could potentially help fortify the rotation for a postseason push. However, general manager John Mozeliak cautioned on Tuesday that no deal is imminent.
With approval from the medical staff after they read the results of Monday's MRI exam, Michael Wacha plans to increase his strength exercises over the next two weeks with the hope that he'll then be cleared to begin a throwing program.
While the Cardinals won't make the final decision until Wednesday, general manager John Mozeliak said it's "a real possibility" that left-hander Kevin Siegrist will be activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the Cardinals' series finale against the Rays.
For the second straight season, Matt Carpenter has been named the Cardinals' winner of the Heart and Hustle Award, presented annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to honor players "who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game."
Much of general manager John Mozeliak's work last offseason was done with an eye on defense, and while a final grade can't be handed out 99 games into the 2014 season, the Cardinals have already distinguished themselves among the most defensively improved teams in the Majors.
Trevor Rosenthal allowed a two-out, RBI single to the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez in the ninth inning Sunday night to deal the Cardinals a 4-3 loss. Peter Bourjos hit a two-run homer off of Clayton Kershaw.
Following Sunday night's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed that the club will start Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn, in that order, during the team's upcoming series against the Rays.
The Arizona Fall League announced on Sunday that it will induct Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony in November. Joining Holliday in the 2014 induction class is Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford.
Tests for a possible concussion came back negative on Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday, who exited Saturday's 4-2 win in the fifth inning, four innings after he collided with Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez while scampering back to second base. Holliday is day to day.