An MRI on the injured shoulder of Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha came back clean.
Wacha battled injury throughout the 2014 season but was still able to finish the season with a 3.20 ERA over 107 innings pitched. The Cardinals are hoping that rest will fix whatever is ailing Wacha, but we likely won't know if that will do the trick until early next spring. There is certainly a ton of upside surrounding Wacha, but it may be wise to hedge your bets until we get a clearer diagnosis on his shoulder. Analyst: David Kerr View Profile
Cardinals will try to trade Randy Choate this offseason.
He saw his season unravel in June, but was able to pitch well in the later part of the year, reducing his inflated ERA down to 4.08 in September. As an extreme groundball pitcher he will find a taker this offseason. Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson View Profile
OF Jon Jay will have his wrist scoped this week. The recovery time is expected to be 6-to-8 weeks.
The goal is to make sure Jon Jay is ready for the start of spring training. The typical rehab for such a procedure takes 6-8 weeks. He batted .303 with a .372 on-base percentage in 140 games this season for St. Louis and should open 2015 as the Cardinals' primary center fielder. Analyst: Drew Phelps View Profile
Adam Wainwright's elbow was examined on Friday. The Cardinals were optimistic about the results of the exam and he "should have a normal offseason".
There was likely plenty of tension in St. Louis as the Cardinals fell to the Giants and concerns were growing regarding Wainwright's elbow. It sounds as if everything is fine for right now but this is certainly something to keep in mind when plotting a draft strategy for next year. Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile
Matt Adams went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and an RBI on Thursday in Game 5 of the NLCS.
Adams struggled to hit for power in 2014 like he did in 2013, but the postseason was a different story. Adams slugged .533 over nine postseason games thanks to three home runs. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile
Michael Wacha took the loss in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday, allowing three earned runs on two hits and one walk over just one-third of an inning.
Thursday marked Wacha's first relief appearance in 2014 and his first appearance in these playoffs. Wacha will go back to the starting rotation next season, where he has a 3.07 ERA in 161 innings. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile
Adam Wainwright posted a no decision in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday, after he allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings.
Wainwright left the game with the lead, which Pat Neshek promptly surrendered. Wainwright was one of three 20-game winners in the regular season, but his postseason comes to an end with a 5.63 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile