Sonny Gray begins new series for Cardinals: First Pitch

After a disappointing end to their series win over the Boston Red Sox, the Cardinals hope to redeem themselves in Game 1 of a series against the Baltimore Orioles. First pitch is set for 6:45 p.m. St. Louis time.

Right-hander Sonny Gray (5-2, 3.05 ERA) will man the mound for the Cardinals. The Orioles will counter with right-hander Dean Kremer (3-3, 3.72 ERA).

The Cardinals are 20-26, fourth in the NL Central and seven games out of first. Of the last 10 games played, the Cards have won five and lost five. They have yet to sweep a series this season.

Baltimore, which sits in second place in the American League East, is in a similar, if slightly better, position. The Orioles have won six of their last 10 games, losing four. The team is coming off a victory against the Seattle Mariners.


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  2. Lars Nootbaar (L) RF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt (right) 1B
  4. Nolan Arenado (D) 3B
  5. Alec Burleson (left) DH
  6. Ivan Herrera (right) C
  7. Nolan Gorman (L) 2B
  8. Masyn Winn (R) SS
  9. Michael Siani (L) CF
  1. Gunnar Henderson (G) SS
  2. Adley Rutschman (S)C
  3. Ryan O’Hearn (L) 1B
  4. Jordan Westburg (D) 3B
  5. Anthony Santander (S) DH
  6. Colton Cowser (L) RF
  7. Austin Hays (R) LF
  8. Cédric Mullins (left) CF
  9. Jorge Mateo (R) 2B

Injury report

Steven Matz (lower back stiffness): The left-hander was scheduled to meet with Cardinals coaches and medical officials Monday so he could receive clearance to begin a throwing program. He received an anti-inflammatory injection into his painful lower back on May 13 and was prescribed at least a week of inactivity and no throwing to allow the treatment to end and relieve the pain that placed him on the injured list. Updated May 20

Keynan Middleton (forearm strain): The right-hander will continue his minor league rehabilitation stint with back-to-back outings at Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and Thursday. A decision on its activation could then come on Friday. The Cardinals also wonder whether the right-hander would benefit from a four-out appearance requiring multiple innings before a return to the majors. Middleton has been on IL for 15 days with forearm flexor strain since the start of the season. Updated May 20

Giovanny Gallegos (right shoulder impingement): Gallegos will hold a bullpen session Tuesday at Busch Stadium. If he recovers well, he will have to begin a rehabilitation mission, possibly within the week. For the Cardinals, the indicators will be how he feels the day after the bullpen and how he maintains his velocity while coming out of the bullpen. The right-hander was placed on the 15-day injured list on May 6, a day after manager Oliver Marmol said he “didn’t look good.” He has been ineffective this season and his fastball velocity has fallen into the 90s. Updated May 20

Riley O’Brien (flexor tendon): Has advanced his throws to 120 feet with great intensity and is now poised to do some mound work and throws that get him closer to game speed with his throws. Originally on the 15-day injured list retroactive to March 29, O’Brien was moved to the 60-day list on May 10, approximately two weeks after beginning a throwing progression. Updated May 20

Tommy Edman (wrist surgery): Edman continues to do the flip/soft toss batting practice he started on May 13th. He’s capable of unrestricted hitting from both sides of the plate and hasn’t had the setbacks he encountered in spring training. Edman strengthens his forces. His progress in hitting will be done as usual (trainer throw, then machine throw) according to what is tolerated. On May 6, he was transferred to the 60-day IL. Updated May 20

Willson Contreras (broken forearm): Contreras underwent surgery to put a plate in his forearm and aid healing of a fractured ulna bone. The injury occurred on May 7 when Mets designated hitter J.D. Martinez took a hit and his bat fell hard into Contreras’ forearm. Contreras is expected to miss at least 10 weeks while the bone heals and he rebuilds his arm strength. Updated May 20

Packy Naughton (flexor tendon surgery): Lefty officially began his rehab assignment Tuesday with an assignment with the Cardinals’ Florida Complex League team. He will advance through the minors en route to Class AAA Memphis with these games mimicking a spring training schedule. Updated May 20

Drew Rom (biceps tendonitis): He is likely to undergo shoulder surgery; added to 60-day injured list on April 30.

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