by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras rolled his ankle, but the injury is not thought to be serious.
Manager Mike Matheny said he's not concerned about the injury, and that Taveras will likely miss a few days. Every test the team performed on the injury came back clean. Taveras is currently at Triple-A Memphis, but is expected to play a role on the big league club this season.
Oscar Taveras suffers ankle injury
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras suffered an ankle injury during his game Sunday with Triple-A Memphis, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Taveras, who was rated the No. 3 overall prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com entering the year, suffered the injury in the ninth inning while attempting to steal a base. X-rays taken were negative and he is being considered day to day at this point.
Taveras is batting .317/.351/.480 with four home runs and 20 RBI over 123 at-bats in Memphis.
Don't give up on Oscar Taveras
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) Scott White expressed his opinion on why Fantasy owners should be staying away from Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras in his Down on the Farm column this week, and his logic is sound. The Cardinals have a plethora of options at the major-league level, so it would probably take a number of injuries to open a spot for Taveras.
The Cardinals do, indeed, have a number of options available at the major-league, but I'm not quite so sure his road is as blocked as White thinks. Even if the Cardinals' outfield stays healthy in its current configuration, there might be room for him, if Jon Jay's season-long slump continues.
The team has a bunch of corner outfield-types littering the roster, but Jay is the only viable center fielder around. If Jay keeps hitting .216 and dragging the offense down, it would not be big shock if they pull the trigger and get Taveras up.
Taveras might already be the team's best center fielder, and Fantasy owners do not want to be left in the cold when they finally realize it. There is no indication that the team is close to making a move, but the potential makes him worth hanging on to in many Fantasy formats.
Oscar Taveras picking it up at plate
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras went 2 for 3 for Triple-A Memphis Thursday, hitting his fourth double and third home run of the season. Taveras has raised his batting average to .313 with 12 hits in 30 at-bats over his last nine games.
Profar-for-Taveras deal was never on table
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) There will be no blockbuster trade between the Rangers and Cardinals involving top prospects Jurickson Profar and Oscar Taveras, CBSSports.com reports Tuesday. Rangers GM Jon Daniels says the two sides never even discussed such a swap.
Plus, a major impediment to the supposed deal is that the Cardinals are going to need Taveras' services quite soon with Carlos Beltran a free agent at season's end and the team not exactly thrilled with keeping Jon Jay there every day, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Oscar Taveras set for Triple-A debut
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras, who has endured some travel delays, is expected to make his Triple-A debut Monday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Taveras, who has not appeared in a minor-league game this season, hit .321 with 23 homers and 94 RBI in 124 games at Double-A last season.
Oscar Taveras waiting for chance
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) As anticipated, the Cardinals optioned promising outfield prospect Oscar Taveras to Triple-A on Friday.
Taveras impressed the team with at least a .270 batting average from March 2 until the end of spring training and also recorded three doubles and two steals. He could be the first player recalled from the minors if an injury befalls one of the Cardinals' starting outfielders.
Oscar Taveras to begin year in Triple-A
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Top prospect Oscar Taveras will begin this season at Triple-A, according to MLB.com. Although the Cardinals won't officially reduce their roster to 25 players until after Friday's final spring-training game, the center fielder has already been informed of the team's intentions.
"There are some things he needs to keep doing, and we talked about those," manager Mike Matheny told MLB.com. "I think it was just a great step in his maturity and his progress in his career. We've been clear that this is the same player we need you to be in Memphis, and we follow closer than what you think. You never know how this stuff works out. Do what you can do. Control what you can control. And in the end, you'll be where you are supposed to be."
Taveras is expected to make his major-league debut in 2013.
Carlos Beltran not vacating for Oscar Taveras yet
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/26/2013) A debate over which prospects are worth stashing in single-season leagues on my Twitter account Tuesday afternoon quickly turned to the Cardinals' Oscar Taveras, who certainly ranks high on my list, but someone suggested he was the top guy with Carlos Beltran already battling a toe injury.
I like the thought. Most likely, if Taveras takes over as a full-timer this year, it'll be because of a Beltran injury. I'm just not sure this is the injury.
Beltran returned to Grapefruit League action Tuesday after missing time with the injury. He played right field and went 1 for 2 with two walks. To me, that suggests he's going to be ready for opening day.
I can't predict exactly when Beltran is going to be hurt, but keep in mind if it happens too early in the year, the Cardinals could always go with Matt Adams at first base and move Allen Craig to the outfield. Personally, I wouldn't plan on seeing Taveras until June.
Taveras to receive 'good look'
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/15/2013) With two-thirds of their starting outfield not expected to play every day, the Cardinals will provide ample at-bats for highly touted prospect Oscar Taveras during Grapefruit League action, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "You look at Carlos Beltran going to the World Baseball Classic. You know (Matt Holliday) isn't going to be playing everyday throughout the spring," manager Mike Matheny said of his starters at the corner outfield spots. "There are going to be opportunities in the outfield. I plan on getting a good look at him. No question."
Taveras ready for majors?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/4/2013) During a chat on ESPN.com, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak was asked about where he sees outfield prospect Oscar Taveras beginning the 2013 season. "Difficult question to answer in early February," Mozeliak responded. "With Oscar, I think position players need to play everyday. I don't think he would benefit from being a bat off the bench. He needs to get at bats, wherever it is."
Taveras continues to rake
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/15/2013) MLB.com reports Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras was named the Dominican Winter League's rookie of the year. Taveras hit .316 with a .379 on-base percentage, .507 slugging percentage and .885 OPS in 39 games for Aguilas. He also had one triple, five homers, 12 doubles, 17 RBI and 27 runs.