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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||110.20||6.00||7.00||1.00||4.23||1.27||99.00||35.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs LHB|| 1.1||0||0|| 0.00||0||1||3|
|vs RHB|| 1.1||0||0|| 6.75||0||2||1|
|Last 10 Games|
Cardinals' Villanueva 'staying ready' despite infrequent use
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(4/22/15) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva is filling a long-relief role for the team this season, causing him to be used infrequently, but he doesn't see an issue with the role and says he's been "staying ready" between appearances, MLB.com reports.
"I've done it before and that's what I'm here for," Villanueva said of the infrequent use. "I don't see it as being a factor. I've stayed ready in between. I've thrown my sides. It's something that I have to deal with and keep myself ready for situations like [Tuesday]."
Villanueva made his second appearance of the season Tuesday, giving up a walkoff home run to take the loss. He figures to see more action as the team gets involved in more blowouts, as the Cardinals have seen just two of their games decided by more than three runs.
"Games look a little different, he's going to get opportunities to pitch," manager Mike Matheny said. "It just hasn't worked out that way. I know he's not looking for excuses. He wants to throw. I get it. But he serves a very important purpose for us down there so we can pitch the guys [in the bullpen] like we're pitching them. He's the safety valve on the back end."
Cardinals' Carlos Villanueva suffers first loss of year
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(4/21/15) Cardinals reliever Carlos Villanueva dropped to 1-1 on the season after taking the loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Villanueva entered in the tenth inning of a tie game. After striking out the first batter and getting the second to fly out, he allowed a first-pitch walk-off home run to Yunel Escobar.
Villanueva's ERA is now 3.38 for the season.
Cardinals add Carlos Villanueva, place Jaime Garcia on DL
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/30/15) The Cardinals have purchased the contract of pitcher Carlos Villanueva and placed pitcher Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury, the team announced Monday.
Garcia had been delivering an great performance this spring, posting a 3.86 ERA and 13:3 K:BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings, but suffered a setback in the last few days. He said Sunday he has been dealing with fatigue and soreness. Garcia will likely pitch in extended spring training in preparation for his late start to the regular season.
Garcia was in the mix to serve as the team's fifth starter before his setback, but that role will likely fall to either Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzales.
Villanueva has surrendered six earned runs in 11 innings while striking out 11 batters and walking two this spring.
Carlos Villanueva earns spot in Cardinals bullpen
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/30/15) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Monday pitcher Carlos Villanueva has earned a spot in the bullpen, per MLB.com. Villanueva is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings this spring. He also has 11 strikeouts to just two walks.
Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva expecting to make team
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(3/28/15) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva wants to make sure he is on the major league roster this season, reports MLB.com.
After St. Louis announced the trade of Sam Freeman earlier Saturday, it opened things up for another arm to make the team. Villanueva also has an opt-out clause in his contract to be released if he is not on the roster for Opening Day.
"My preference is to stay here with this group," Villanueva said. "After that first game out there, I felt that I've thrown the ball very well. I have no regrets about how I've pitched. It's not like they haven't seen it before. I think what they needed to see from me is what they've seen in previous years. It's a decision that's out of my hands after that."
Manager Mike Matheny still doesn't know what he plans to do.
"It's coming down to the wire," Matheny said. "We probably have more questions than most clubs do late because we've given ourselves flexibility to not have it done halfway through. We're taking our time to watch these guys compete and also allowing for the potential if something doesn't go right."
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