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Cardinals' Wong still nagged by ailing shoulder

Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is still bothered by a right shoulder injury stemming from a tumble he took while playing left field last September at Wrigley Field.

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Cards ink Cuban OF Garcia to minor league deal

The Cardinals continue their push for international talent by signing Cuban outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia. The Cuban league MVP from last season is younger brother of the Braves' Adonis Garcia.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

We'll delve into this in more detail in a story over the weekend, but Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright hinted at some clubhouse discord last season when talking about the team-building exercise from Thursday that he proposed to manager Mike Matheny. "You get better in the clubhouse, you usually get better on the field so we're trying to do that this year," Wainwright said. "Last year, we just weren't on the same page. I think everyone would say that. We're just doing so much of a better job to just check in on everybody this year

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals had a team-building activity Thursday. They went to a West Palm Beach escape room. Manager Mike Matheny mixed up the pitchers, hitters and different cultures to encourage players to get to know one another.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Matheny plays coy with the media about where his team was headed when many of the players got on a bus, in uniform, before Thursday's workout:

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dexter Fowler has brought a new feel, but mostly a new sound, to Cardinals camp. Here is one random slice of life around the team. Though the Cardinals take batting practice with music during the baseball season, it is new for spring training.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

An anecdotal glimpse into how a good team maintains a winning culture: Young reliever Matt Bowman is working on his changeup this spring. He threw several during a live batting practice session to Dexter Fowler. Afterward, Fowler yelled "Stay hot, Bowman!" and the two chatted near the batting cage. Bowman asked Fowler what he saw from his changeup and the veteran outfielder said, "I saw that it was nasty." They continued to discuss the pitch. Such interplay between hitters and pitchers doesn't happen on some teams.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals moved their Wednesday workouts up about 30 minutes to try to beat a rainstorm predicted to begin about noon. Meanwhile, the local fauna seems to be OK with what rain had already fallen. South Florida has been in a drought.

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Fowler catching flack for travel ban comments (6:57)
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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

There are certain perks to being the starting shortstop. Aledmys Diaz said he plans to take full advantage of his extra time with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith this spring. He never saw Smith play, of course, but he said he dug up some replays of the Wizard's work. "Thirteen Gold Gloves, best defensive shortstop of all time. Unbelievable guy," Diaz said. Here is Smith talking about Diaz's upside as a fielder:

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak was entirely supportive of Dexter Fowler's decision to speak his mind about being disappointed with President Donald Trump's travel ban. Fowler, whose wife is Iranian, called it "unfortunate" that his family members couldn't travel freely. Mozeliak said he is comfortable with players addressing social issues.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is not in camp just to pose for pictures and sign autographs. Here the Wizard works with Shortstop Aledmys Diaz.

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How outlandish is it for Ankiel to drink before starts? (1:52)
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Should Athletes get involved in Politics? (3:34)
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Poder latino con gran peso en aspiraciones de los Cardenales (1:12)
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Cards' Fowler unapologetic for travel ban take

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler does not regret comments he made last week that were critical of President Donald Trump's travel ban on certain Muslim-majority countries.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dexter Fowler did not back away from his comments to ESPN.com last week that President Donald Trump's efforts to institute a travel ban on certain Muslim countries is "unfortunate." Fowler, whose wife was born in Iran, was overwhelmed by social-media reaction, both good and bad, but said he doesn't regret making the comments.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

At first glance, the Cardinals seem crazy to call third base an open competition. One of the players vying for the spot, Jedd Gyorko, led the team with 30 home runs. The other, Jhonny Peralta, is 34 and had a negative WAR (-0.4) in 2016. But the Cardinals think Peralta's down year was largely a product of a torn thumb ligament in spring training. They saw it play out with Yadier Molina, who struggled in the first half and batted .365 after the All-Star break. "It seems the more repetitions they get or just time they get the strength back to where they look like themselves," manager Mike Matheny said. "They get that bat speed back and the power."

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler is among the people not thrilled with President Donald Trump's attempts to institute a travel ban. Fowler's wife, the former Darya Aliya Baghbani, was born in Iran. Her sister, Fowler said, recently delayed her return from a business trip to Qatar because she did not want to be detained. Also, the Fowlers have discussed traveling with their young daughter to visit his wife's relatives in Iran, but they feel this is not the right time. "It's huge. Especially any time you're not able to see family, it's unfortunate," Fowler said. President Trump said last week he plans to issue a new executive order after his first banning people from seven predominantly Muslim countries was blocked by the courts.

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Fowler bringing music to Cards (1:50)
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Fowler doesn't expect Durant treatment at Wrigley (2:11)

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs7794th
Batting Average.25518th
On Base Percentage.32511th
Slugging Percentage.4434th
Earned Run Average4.0812th
Quality Starts839th
WHIP1.3213th
BAA.25818th

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