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A recap of St. Louis Cardinals-related news from the period of March 28-April 3, 2016

A recap of St. Louis Cardinals-related news from the period of March 28-April 3, 2016 includes Opening Day action.

Grapefruit League recaps

The following are recaps for games played during the final week of Spring Training.

Monday March 28--Cardinals 3, Mets 1

This was the final spring start for Carlos Martinez.  Martinez pitched six innings, giving up only one run on three hits, while striking out four.  Tyler Lyons, Jordan Walden, and Kevin Siegrist followed Martinez on the mound.   Martinez earned the win, Siegrist the save.

With the bat, Matt Holliday hit his first and only home run of the spring, a solo dinger in the first inning.  Randal Grichuk had an RBI double. Matt Adams and Jeremy Hazelbaker also doubled.

Tuesday, March 29---Cardinals vs.  Nationals at Jupiter

This game was canceled due to inclement weather.

Wednesday, March 30---Cardinals 3 at Marlins 0

Michael Wacha took the mound in his final start of Spring Training.  Wacha tossed five scoreless innings, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out two.  Relief was provided by Jordan Walden, Seth Maness, and Trevor Rosenthal.  Wacha was the winning pitcher; Rosenthal earned the save.

Offense came via an RBI single from Yadier Molina and a two run RBI double from Matt Holliday.  Matt Adams had the only other extra base hit, a double.

Thursday, March 31---Cardinals 9 at Yankees 1

The final game of Grapefruit League 2016 was started by Mike Leake, who earned the win.  Leake pitched four scoreless innings, striking out five and surrendering only two hits.  One inning each of relief was provided by Seung-Hwan Oh, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Bowman, Tyler Lyons, and Kevin Siegrist.

Offense was abundant as eight of the nine runs came from the long ball.  The first one came in the second inning off the bat of Stephen Piscotty, a solo home run.  Piscotty hit a second homer in the fourth.  Brandon Moss also hit a solo homer in the fourth, immediately preceding Piscotty’s.  Jeremy Hazelbaker blasted a three run shot in the fifth inning, and Tommy Pham ended the dinger parade in the seventh with a two-run blast.  The only other run came home on an RBI single from Jedd Gyorko.

One could literally say the Cardinals ended Grapefruit League play with a blast.

Regular season recaps

A recap of the Opening Day game of the regular season

Sunday, April 3--- Cardinals 1 at Pirates 4

Adam Wainwright made the Opening Day start for the Redbirds.  He wasn’t sharp, and took the loss.  Wainwright pitched six innings, surrendering three runs on six hits while striking out three.  Seung-Hwan Oh made his major league debut in relief and pitched a scoreless seventh inning.  Seth Maness pitched the eighth and gave up an additional Pirates run.

The Cardinals were stymied offensively by Pittsburgh lefty starter Francisco Liriano.  The Redbirds were scoreless for eight innings, and managed only five hits total.  To add further insult to injury, the offense had a combined 14 strikeouts. The Cardinals finally got on the board in the ninth, with Yadier Molina hitting a leadoff single, his second hit of the day.  Kolten Wong, who went hitless, was hit by a pitch.  Jedd Gyorko grounded out, moving the runners up.  Matt Carpenter drove in the only Cardinals run on a single to right field.

Cardinals set Opening Day roster

The Cardinals Opening Day roster has been set.    The 25 man active roster is as follows:

Catchers:  Yadier Molina, Eric Fryer

Infielders:  Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, Jedd Gyroko, Greg Garcia, Matt Carpenter, Brandon Moss.

Outfielders: Stephen Piscotty, Randal Grichuk, Tommy Pham, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Matt Holliday.

Starting pitchers:  Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Mike Leake, Carlos Martinez, Jaime Garcia.

Bullpen:  Trevor Rosenthal, Seth Maness, Kevin Siegrist, Jonathan Broxton, Seung-Hwan Oh, Tyler Lyons, Matt Bowman.

Catcher Eric Fryer was a recent addition, due to the knee injury to catcher Brayan Pena.  Jeremy Hazelbaker was added as a result of the final Florida game injury to shortstop Ruben Tejada.  Matt Bowman made the roster due to the Jordan Walden’s continuing shoulder problems.

Fryer and Hazelbaker had to be added to the already-full 40-man roster.  To make room, the Cardinals placed RHP Lance Lynn on the 60-day DL, and designated RHP Jayson Aquino for assignment.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

The Cardinals selected the contract of C Eric Fryer from Memphis Redbirds.

The Cardinals placed RHP Mitch Harris on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 15, 2016. Right elbow strain.

The Cardinals selected the contract of OF Jeremy Hazelbaker from Memphis Redbirds.

The Cardinals placed RHP Lance Lynn on the 60-day disabled list.  Recovering from 2015 Tommy John surgery.

The Cardinals placed C Bryan Pena on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 1, 2016.  Left knee injury.

The Cardinals placed SS Jhonny Peralta on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 25, 2016.  Torn left thumb ligament.

The Cardinals placed SS Ruben Tejada on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 1, 2016. Left quadriceps strain.

The Cardinals placed RHP Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 31, 2016.  Right shoulder strain.

The Cardinals designated Springfield RHP Jayson Aquino for assignment.

Injury Report

Jordan Walden (right shoulder strain) has been placed on the 15-day DL and is expected to be out for “months”.

Ruben Tejada (left quad strain) has been placed on the 15-day DL.  Tejada has a Grade 1 strain and his injury is not expected to keep him out for an extended period. He has been sent to Jupiter, Florida for rehab.

Brayan Pena (left knee injury) will have surgery to remove a loose body from his left knee.  He has been placed on the 15-day DL and it is hoped he will be out for only several weeks.

Lance Lynn (Tommy John surgery) has been placed on the 60-day DL.  Lynn is out for the entire 2016 season.

Tommy Pham (left oblique) was removed from the April 3rd game after complaining of left oblique tightness.  Further information should be made available during the day on Monday.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals have an off day on Monday, April 4th, and will resume series play with the Pirates on Tuesday, April 5th.  Michael Wacha is scheduled to make the Game 2 start against Pirates LHP Jonathan Niese.    On Wednesday, April 6th Mike Leake takes on the Pirates’ Juan Nicasio.  The Cardinals then have another off day on Thursday, April 7th and travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves in a three-game weekend series.  Starting pitchers for that series have not been announced.

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