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Top Lars Nootbaar News

  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Looking for pulled flyballs

    Nootbaar changed his swing over the offseason in hopes of hitting more pulled flyballs, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Nootbaar worked with Nolan Arenado and Arenado's brother, former minor-leaguer Jonah, extensively over the winter. He's holding his hands lower, allowing for a more vertical swing path and more freedom to stay within the ball. Woo writes that Nootbaar's biggest priority is backspin, along with higher exit velocities and barrel rates as well as lower groundball rates. While Nootbaar's plate discipline remained excellent in 2023, his quality of contact, flyball rate and pull rate all regressed. The goal is to maintain the former while improving all of the latter aspects.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Ends power drought Saturday

    Nootbaar went 2-for-4 with a walk, a three-run home run and a second run scored in Saturday's 15-6 rout of the Reds.

    He took Fernando Cruz deep in the second inning to help the Cards race out to a 10-0 lead. Nootbaar snapped a 23-game homer drought with the blast, as he mostly struggled in September, batting .194 (18-for-93) over 26 games. The 26-year-old heads into the final day of the season with 14 homers, 11 steals, 46 RBI and 74 runs and a .791 OPS over 116 contests, numbers very similar to his 2022 campaign.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Gets aboard three times Tuesday

    Nootbaar went 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Brewers.

    Prior to Tuesday, Nootbaar had gone 0-for-15 with three walks across his last four games. That small slump hasn't cost him a regular role or a spot atop the lineup against right-handed pitchers. The outfielder has maintained a .265/.373/.425 slash line with 13 home runs, 11 steals, 43 RBI and 69 runs scored over 106 games this season.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Heads to bench

    Nootbaar will not start Saturday's game against the Phillies, John Denton of MLB.com reports.

    Nootbaar hits the bench against lefty Ranger Suarez, but that isn't necessarily a sign that he's going to be platooned over the final two weeks of the season, as he was in the lineup against the previous two southpaws the Cardinals faced. He does own a much better wRC+ against righties (135) than against lefties (96) and has struck out 25.9 percent of the time against southpaws compared to just 17.4 percent against right-handers, so some platoon risk remains for next season. For now, it will be Tyler O'Neill, Tommy Edman and Jordan Walker across the outfielder for the Cardinals.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Produces 10th steal

    Nootbaar went 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored in Monday's 11-5 loss to the Orioles.

    Nootbaar has cooled off in September, going 7-for-35 (.200) across 10 games this month. Four of his hits in that span have gone for extra bases, and he's added two steals. The outfielder continues to see a near-everyday role and some time atop the Cardinals' lineup. He's slashing .275/.381/.445 with 10 thefts, 13 home runs, 42 RBI, 67 runs scored and 21 doubles through 100 contests this season.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Sitting against lefty

    Nootbaar is absent from the lineup Thursday in Atlanta.

    Tyler O'Neill, Tommy Edman and Jordan Walker will start across the outfield as the Cardinals match up against left-hander Max Fried. Nootbaar has posted an .855 OPS in 317 plate appearances this year against righties, compared to a .704 OPS in 96 plate appearances versus southpaws.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Gets aboard three times

    Nootbaar went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks, a stolen base and two runs scored in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Pirates.

    Nootbaar went 2-for-12 with three walks, a home run and a stolen base over three games versus the Pirates during this weekend's series, his first action since mid-August. He's back to playing a starting role in center field after recovering from a groin injury. The outfielder has also returned to the leadoff spot versus right-hander pitchers. Nootbaar is slashing .279/.381/.452 with 13 home runs, 40 RBI, 63 runs scored and nine stolen bases through 93 contests overall. He's also maintained strong strikeout (19.6 percent) and walk (14.1 percent) rates.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Homers in second game back

    Nootbaar went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Pirates.

    Nootbaar returned Friday from a two-week absence due to a groin injury. He's just 1-for-9 across two contests since he was activated from the injured list. Prior to sustaining the injury, he hit .333 (18-for-54) in August. For the season, he's at a .278/.378/.453 slash line, 13 long balls, 40 RBI, 61 runs scored and eight stolen bases through 92 contests in a breakout campaign. He should see plenty of playing time in the outfield over the final month of the season.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Activated from IL

    The Cardinals activated Noobaar (groin) from the 10-day injured list Friday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Nootbaar was placed on the injured list Aug. 17 after getting hit below the belt by a foul tip. He went 3-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored during his two-game rehab assignment and will be back starting in center field Friday.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Starting rehab assignment Wednesday

    Nootbaar (groin) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday and could be reinstated from the 10-day injured list as soon as Friday, MLB.com reports.

    Nootbaar will work out with the Cardinals for a second straight day Tuesday before heading to Memphis to play in his first game since Aug. 16, when he suffered a groin contusion in St. Louis' 8-0 loss to Oakland. After taking part in baserunning and defensive work over the weekend, Nootbaar took batting practice Monday, so the 25-year-old looks as though he has resumed full activities. If activated this weekend, Nootbaar is likely to settle back in as the Cardinals' everyday center fielder.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Not activated, but close to return

    Nootbaar (abdomen) is considered close to returning from the 10-day injured list, but he continues to work out on the side rather than with the team as he attempts to regain strength, John Denton of MLB.com reports.

    Nootbaar had been eligible to return from the IL on Sunday, but he'll need some additional time to fully heal up from a lower abdomen contusion. Though he's continuing to take part in baseball activities, the Cardinals aren't yet ready to pinpoint a target date for his activation. While Nootbaar remains on the mend, the Cardinals will likely rely on a combination of Richie Palacios and Tommy Edman to fill in for him in center field.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Nearing return from IL

    Nootbaar (abdomen) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list within the next week, Lynn Worthy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Nootbaar was placed on the IL on Aug. 17 after taking a foul tip to a sensitive area. He's responded well to a recent uptick in baseball activities and should rejoin the Cardinals on their upcoming homestand, which runs from Monday through next Sunday.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Placed on 10-day IL

    Nootbaar (abdomen) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, John Denton of MLB.com reports.

    After fouling a ball off himself Wednesday, Nootbaar will now be sidelined for a over a week while nursing his injured lower abdomen. The outfielder will be replaced on the major-league roster by top prospect Masyn Winn, who had his contract selected from Triple-A Memphis.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Cleared of structural damage

    Nootbaar (abdomen) was cleared of any structural damage after undergoing medical testing at a St. Louis hospital Wednesday night, John Denton of MLB.com reports.

    Nootbaar took a foul tip to a sensitive area in Wednesday's series finale against the Athletics and is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup for Thursday's series opener versus the Mets. He only has some minor soreness, though, and is expected to return at some point during the four-game weekend set at Busch Stadium.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Sidelined Thursday

    Nootbaar (abdomen) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mets.

    He exited Wednesday's game with a lower abdomen contusion, so that could still be ailing him. It's also possible the team is just playing it safe with Nootbaar, given that a same-handed pitcher (Jose Quintana) is on the mound for New York. Tommy Edman gets the start in center field while Taylor Motter mans shortstop and Jose Fermin works at the keystone.

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  • Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Exits with injury

    Nootbaar was removed from Wednesday's game against Oakland with a lower abdomen contusion, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Nootbaar fouled off a pitch in the fifth inning that ended up hitting him below the belt and put him in a considerable amount of pain. The Cardinals should provide additional updates on Nootbaar's status before Thursday's contest, but the 25-year-old outfielder should be considered day-to-day for now.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 210 lbs
Birthplace: El Segundo, CA
Age: 26
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: L, R