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Wainwright injury: Reaction from around the NL Central

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

A day after Adam Wainwright suffered a left Achilles injury, the baseball world began to react to the growing expectation that an MRI scheduled for Monday will confirm that Wainwright is going to miss the rest of the 2015 season.

There were tweets from those who have had Achillies injuries before…

… and also from some of the other elite pitchers in the game.

Without question, the complexion of the National League Central race changes with Wainwright not a part of it. The Cardinals currently hold a three-game lead in the division as they’ve raced out to a 12-4 start.

Here was some of the reaction from the division teams trying to chase the Cardinals down.

  • Pirates manager Clint HurdIe: “It’s sad. I feel bad for Adam Wainwright. He’s as good a man as there is in the game. It was a little sickening when I got a text that informed me of what had happened. You love competition and this guy is fierce. I wish him a speedy recovery. You appreciate what he’s done in the game.”
  • Brewers manager Ron Roenicke: “The way he was moving around, it didn’t look good. Those things are a big blow to your team. You have to move beyond it. A couple of years ago we lost our 3-4-5 hitters for the year. That’s hard to recover from these type of things. They lose their No.1 pitcher, and it is tough to recover.”
  • Cubs reliever Jason Motte: “I know Waino, and he’ll be the biggest cheerleader they have out there. The good thing over there is if you get hurt, you don’t sit in the corner and cry about it. Guys are there and they’re cheering on the other guys. They’re the biggest cheerleaders. They’re there to get guys going. That’s what a lot of the guys do, whether they’re hurt or not. You’re out there cheering each other on — that’s how you keep guys going.”
  • Pirates starter Jeff Locke: “It’s too bad what happened to Adam. I’ve spent a little bit of time chatting with him. He came from Atlanta, like I did. A real stand-up guy, a class act.”
  • Cubs manager Joe Maddon: “That’s a tough break for St. Louis and I don’t wish poorly on anybody — I always want to beat everybody at their best. I’m certain they will figure it out. They have great resources and some nice spare parts that I’m not aware of. Sometimes that’s a rallying cry for a group. You have to be careful with that. It definitely hurts them but it has nothing to do with us,” Maddon said. “It’s just about us playing our game, winning our game, and respecting 90 feet on a daily basis and coming out ready to play and good things will happen.”
  • Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison: “You never want to see anyone get hurt. It stinks. It’s something they’ll have to deal with. Every team knows there will be injuries. One player is not going to affect a division. He is a marquee pitcher, but still is a factor only once every five days.”
  • Cubs starter Jake Arrieta: “That’s an unfortunate event to take place for those guys, especially the way it happened. An arm injury or something like that when he’s on the mound is one thing. The Achilles is such a freak kind of accident. … I know they’ve got some guys in Triple-A who can come in and fill that void. Not many guys can do what Wainwright does every five days but I think they’ll be all right. … Everyone makes that same movement and it’s one of those things that can happen at any moment, which is scary. It makes me cringe to think about that.”

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April 25: Cardinals @ Brewers

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Records: Cardinals (11-4, +2.5 in NL Central), Brewers (3-14, -9.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Kolten Wong (2B), Jon Jay (CF), Tony Cruz (C), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Jean Segura (SS), Gerardo Parra (CF), Ryan Braun (RF), Adam Lind (1B), Khris Davis (LF), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Hector Gomez (2B), Martin Maldonado (C), Wily Peralta (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading Material:

  • Yadier Molina day-to-day after taking a foul tip off his right knee (link)
  • Carlos Martinez maturing, dominating as a member of Cards rotation (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 3-0 win over the Brewers on Friday (link)
  • For Kevin Siegrist, reduced fastball velocity is working just fine (link)
  • Cards option Dean Anna, stick with eight-man bullpen… for now (link)
  • Preview for Saturday’s game against the Brewers (link)

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April 24: Cardinals @ Brewers

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Records: Cardinals (10-4), Brewers (3-13)

First pitch: 7:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest/Fox Sports Midwest Plus, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jon Jay (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Jean Segura (SS), Gerardo Parra (CF), Ryan Bran (RF), Adam Lind (1B), Khris Davis (LF), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Elian Herrera (2B), Martin Maldonado (C), Matt Garza (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals optioned infielder Dean Anna to Triple-A and removed from outfielder Peter Bourjos from the paternity list

Reading material:

  • Michael Wacha has taken down a Cy Young runner-up (twice) and a Cy Young winner already this year. Here’s how (link)
  • Matt Adams tones for his poor defensive series with some big hits, including a game-winner (link)
  • Why Pete Kozma is still a household (and hated) name in DC (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-1 win over the Nationals on Thursday (link)
  • Game preview for Friday’s series opener against the Brewers (link)

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Bourjos returns; Anna optioned to Triple-A

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Choosing to stick with an eight-man bullpen for at least a while longer, the Cardinals optioned infielder Dean Anna to Triple-A on Friday to create roster room for outfielder Peter Bourjos, who is returning from paternity leave.

Anna, who joined the team last weekend when Randal Grichuk went on the disabled list, made one pinch-hit appearance during his stay. His departure leaves the Cardinals with a four-man bench until further notice.

In sending down Anna, the Cardinals retain Mitch Harris as an extra arm in the bullpen. The club is just three days into a 20-day stretch in which it will play 20 games, and keeping an eighth reliever should alleviate some of the demands on the other relievers.

Bourjos was away from the team for three days while his wife, Ashley, gave birth to their first son, Maxton Christopher.

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April 23: Cardinals @ Nationals

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Records: Cardinals (9-4), Nationals (7-8)

First pitch: 3:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB Network, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Kolten Wong (2B), Jon Jay (CF), Tony Cruz (C), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Nationals lineup: Denard Span (CF), Ian Desmond (SS), Bryce Harper (RF), Ryan Zimmerman (1B), Clint Robinson (LF), Yunel Escobar (3B), Jose Lobaton (C), Danny Espinosa (2B), Max Scherzer (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading Material:

  • Kolten Wong steals the show with defensive gems and three-hit night (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 7-5 win (link)
  • Marco Gonzales to miss his next start due to left shoulder tightness (link)
  • Carlos Villanueva trying to find a way to stay sharp while getting minimal work (link)
  • Cardinals alerting players to pace-of-play violations (link)
  • Game preview for the Michael Wacha – Max Scherzer showdown on Thursday (link)

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April 22: Cardinals @ Nationals

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Records: Cardinals (8-4), Nationals (7-7)

First pitch: 6:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, ESPN, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jon Jay (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), John Lackey (RHP)

Nationals lineup: Denard Span (CF), Ian Desmond (SS), Jayson Werth (LF), Bryce Harper (RF), Ryan Zimmerman (1B), Yunel Escobar (3B), Wilson Ramos (C), Danny Espinosa (2B), Doug Fister (RHP)

Transactions: OF Gary Brown was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels, one day after the Cardinals designated him for assignment

Reading Material:

  • See Jon Jay’s defensive gems through the eyes of new Statcast technology (link)
  • Matt Holliday extends his hitting streak to 12 games with four more singles (link)
  • How 17 baserunners and 13 hits led to just one run for the Cardinals in Tuesday’s loss (link)
  • Mitch Harris on his Major League dream come true (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 2-1 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday (link)
  • Stan Musial leads the Cardinals in the ongoing Franchise Four voting (link)
  • Game preview for Wednesday (link)

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April 21: Cardinals @ Nationals

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wpid-img_20150421_163425809.jpgRecords: Cardinals (8-3), Nationals (6-7)

First Pitch: 6:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB Network, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Jon Jay (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Lance Lynn (RHP)

Nationals lineup: Denard Span (CF), Ian Desmond (SS), Jayson Werth (LF), Bryce Harper (RF), Ryan Zimmerman (1B), Yunel Escobar (3B), WIlson Ramos (C), Danny Espinosa (2B), Gio Gonzalez (LHP)

Transactions: Outfielder Peter Bourjos was placed on paternity leave. Right-hander Mitch Harris had his contract purchased from Triple-A. Outfielder Gary Brown was designated for assignment.

Reading Material:

  • The Cardinals will have a Lieutenant in the bullpen tonight as Mitch Harris realizes his Major League dream (link)
  • More on Harris’ circuitous journey to the Majors and the five years he spent in the US Navy along the way (link)
  • Matt Carpenter earns NL Player of the Week honors after hitting .480 with seven doubles last week (link)
  • MLB Network will incorporate Statcast technology into tonight’s Cards-Nats broadcast (link)
  • Tuesday’s game preview (link)

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April 19: Reds @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150419_163904320.jpgRecords: Cardinals (7-3), Reds (5-6)

First pitch: 7:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jon Jay (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Reds lineup: Skip Schumaker (LF), Joey Votto (1B), Todd Frazier (3B), Brandon Phillips (2B), Jay Bruce (RF), Zack Cozart (SS), Brennan Boesch (CF), Tucker Barnhart (C), Mike Leake (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals placed Randal Grichuk on the 15-day DL (retroactive to April 17) and recalled infielder Dean Anna

Reading Material:

  • Jason Heyward hits his first home run as a Cardinal, draws a curtain call (link)
  • Matt Holliday exits Saturday’s game with a mid-back strain (link)
  • Randal Grichuk lands on DL with a lower back strain; Dean Anna to be recalled (link)
  • Carlos Martinez takes a little off his fastball and flashes an improved off-speed repertoire (link)
  • Manager Mike Matheny to seek clarity on home-plate collision rule (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-2 win over Cincinnati (link)
  • Game preview for Sunday’s series finale (link)

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April 18: Reds @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (6-3), Reds (5-5)

First pitch: 1:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Yadier Molina (C), Jon Jay (CF), Pete Kozma (2B), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Reds lineup: Billy Hamilton (CF), Joey Votto (1B), Todd Frazier (3B), Brandon Phillips (2B), Jay Bruce (RF), Marlon Byrd (LF), Brayan Pena (C), Zack Cozart (SS), Homer Bailey (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading Material:

  • Matt Carpenter sure is looking a lot like he did in 2013 (link)
  • Michael Wacha reduces the reliance on his changeup, still finds success (link)
  • Carpenter executes his first career baseball somersault (link)
  • On the 70th anniversary of his Major League debut, Red Schoendienst is honored by the Cards (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 6-1 win over the Reds on Friday (link)
  • Saturday’s game preview (link)

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April 17: Reds @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (5-3), Reds (5-4)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jon Jay (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Reds lineup: Billy Hamilton (CF), Joey Votto (1B), Todd Frazier (3B), Brandon Phillips (2B), Jay Bruce (RF), Marlon Byrd (LF), Brayan Pena (C), Zack Cozart (SS), Johnny Cueto (RHP)

Transactions: None

Quotable: “The response can be the fact that we come in here and win some games, you know? Sometimes you have to personalize things. I think that sometimes that we do and sometimes we don’t. You don’t want to personalize it to the point where it affects you in a negative way. I’d like to come in here and play well, play strong, play tough and come in with some attitude. The kid didn’t slide in there with the intent to injure Frazier. It was an awkward slide. That being said, anybody would be upset at that play. It wouldn’t matter what team it was. It’s not that it was the Cardinals. It was an awkward slide that put Frazier in position of being hurt. Nobody wants to see that. I was extremely upset by that and rightfully so. Anybody would have been.” — Reds manager Bryan Price, when asked if he expected any carryover after calling Jason Heyward’s slide “dirty” on Sunday.

Reading Material:

  • On the 70th anniversary of Red Schoendienst’s Major League debut, the Cardinals will honor him during a pregame ceremony (link)
  • Yadier Molina puts slow season start in the rearview mirror (link)
  • Mark Reynolds gets a start, contributes in a big way (link)
  • John Lackey gave the Cardinals’ bullpen a much-needed respite with the team’s longest start of the season (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-0 win over Milwaukee (link)
  • Game preview (link)

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