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Matt Carpenter (L) Headshot

Carpenter went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a run in Friday's 11-4 win over the Cubs.

Factoring in Friday's production, Carpenter is now slashing .309/.439/.537 out of the leadoff spot this season, a line partly comprised of 16 doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI. He's been red-hot in July as well, already raising his season average 21 points to .252 while posting six multi-hit efforts. The only missing element in his current stretch has been the long ball, as the veteran infielder's last homer came on June 24.
2:46 pm (EST)
Erick Aybar (B) Headshot

Aybar (foot) is likely headed to the 10-day disabled list, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The move has not yet been made, but manager Andy Green indicated Aybar is DL-bound after fouling a ball off his foot during Friday's game. Allen Cordoba is starting at shortstop Saturday and it seems likely that he will see the bulk of the work there in Aybar's absence.
2:45 pm (EST)
Carson Kelly (R) Headshot

Kelly went 1-for-5 with a two-run double and a run in Friday's 11-4 win over the Cubs.

A late addition to the lineup after Yadier Molina (ankle) was sidelined, Kelly extended the Cardinals' lead to 8-3 with a rope to deep left in the eighth that plated Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong. Kelly had been coming on at Tripe-A Memphis before being called up, as he'd recently hit a career-high 10th home run and was carrying a solid .283/.375/.459 line. He'll slot in as Molina's backup now that veteran Eric Fryer has been jettisoned, but will take a seat Saturday with Molina back in the lineup.
2:41 pm (EST)
Denard Span (L) Headshot

Span is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Padres.

The 33-year-old has started 12 consecutive games, and played all 11 innings in Friday's loss, so he gets a routine day of rest Saturday. Gorkys Hernandez takes over the leadoff spot and mans center field in his absence. Span continues to be a solid force at the top of the lineup, ranking third on the team with 84 hits this year.
2:35 pm (EST)
Yohander Mendez (L) Headshot

Mendez, 22, tossed seven shutout innings in his start for Double-A Frisco on Friday, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Mendez has consistently worked deep into games with at least six innings in all but one of his last 17 starts, but with a 3.70 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in that span, he probably hasn't dominated to the extent the Rangers anticipated in his second tour of the Southern League. The left-hander could be in line for a promotion to Triple-A Round Rock at some point in the second half nonetheless, though since he's already pitched 119 innings on the season, the organization will likely act conservatively with his usage over the next two-plus months.
2:34 pm (EST)
Tommy Pham (R) Headshot

Pham went 2-for-4 with a two-run single, a double, a walk and two runs in Friday's 11-4 win over the Cubs.

The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed a strong May and June, but he's taken his performance to another level in July. Factoring in Friday's production, Pham's monthly line sits at .375/.444/.688, with eight multi-hit efforts and 11 extra-base hits (six doubles, a triple, four home runs) playing an integral part in his success.
2:33 pm (EST)
Elliott Sadler Headshot

Sadler won the pole for the Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 165.283 mph.

Sadler went out late in the final round of knockout qualifying and topped William Byron's fast lap. Erik Jones would have the final shot at the pole, but would fall short of Sadler's lap, giving him the pole position for Saturday afternoon's race. The driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet has been consistently fast all weekend, and should be the top driver to beat at the Brickyard.
2:33 pm (EST)
Albert Suarez (R) Headshot

Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Suarez joins the major-league roster for the first time this season, adding length out of the bullpen with Steven Okert optioned down. The 27-year-old missed a significant stretch earlier in the year with a shoulder injury, but he's been solid since his return, posting an 11:3 K:BB over 13.2 innings (six appearances).
2:30 pm (EST)
Dexter Fowler (B) Headshot

Fowler went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk, a stolen base and a run in Friday's 11-4 win over the Cubs.

Fowler was a thorn in the side of his former Cubs mates throughout the afternoon, even swiping his fourth bag of the season while generating his third multi-hit effort of July. The veteran outfielder has only two extra-base hits during the month but has been able to largely maintain the improvement he'd demonstrated in June, as Friday's production brought his monthly line to a solid .275/.341/.375.
2:29 pm (EST)
Steven Souza Jr. (R) Headshot

Souza (hip) is back in the starting lineup Saturday, leading off and playing right field, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.

Souza was held out of the starting nine for the past two games while nursing a sore hip, but came through with a pinch-hit single in Friday's contest. He'll look to pick up right where he left off on a terrific month, as the 28-year-old is slashing .321/.379/.679 with five home runs over his last 15 games.
2:27 pm (EST)
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