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Marmol shakes up lineup against Giants: Wainwright to start Sunday

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St. Louis Cardinals' St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) is congratulated by teammates after after scoring a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, May 14, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol has put his potential lineups into a tumbler, which he has shaken vigorously. What poured out Saturday was a lineup in which only two players from Friday’s lineup are at the same positions.

Tommy Edman is at second base and Paul Goldschmidt is at first base.

Yadier Molina replaces Andrew Knizner and is catching as Dakota Hudson faces the San Francisco Giants this afternoon.

Otherwise, Nolan Arenado is the designated hitter and the outfield, from left to right, consists of Corey Dickerson, Dylan Carlson and Juan Yepez.

Edmundo Sosa, returned from the injured list, is at shortstop hitting ninth and Brendan Donovan is at third base.

Marmol said he was DH-ing Arenado because he wanted "to get Nolan off his feet (on defense) today." 

As for the outfield, Marmol said Bader has a minor heal ailment that he wanted Bader to rest on a day game after a night game.  "And the reality of it is that "T.O,' is not in a great spot," Marmol said, referring to the skidding O'Neill. 

"He knows that. We've had some great conservations about what he needs to do," said Marmol, who also had benched the left fielder on Wednesday.

The Cardinals have dropped five of their past six games, three of those to the Giants—two last weekend in San Francisco and one here Friday night. The Giants have loaded up with left-handed hitters, with seven of the first eight in their lineup left-handed batters.

The Cardinals have four left-handed swingers against right-hander Jakob Jnnis as right-handed outfielders Tyler O'Neill and Harrison Bader take a seat.  

The St. Louis bullpen will take on a different look, too. Right-hander Drew VerHagen (hip impingement) has been removed from his rehabilitation option and left-hander Packy Naughton, who started on Monday and relieved on Friday, has been optioned to Class AAA Memphis. 

The Cardinals' rotation will have a different look, too, on Sunday night in the series finale. Adam Wainwright will return to make the start after missing a turn due to his time on the COVID list. 

Cardinals lineup

1. Tommy Edman 2b

2. Paul Goldschmidt 1b

3. Nolan Arenado dh

4. Juan Yepez rf

5. Corey Dickerson lf

6. Yadier Molina c

7. Dylan Carlson cf

8. Brendan Donovan 3b

9. Edmundo Sosa

RH Dakota Hudson p

San Francisco lineup

1. LaMonte Wade Jr. dh

2. Brandon Belt 1b

3. Joc Pederson lf

4. Mike Yastrzemski cf

5. Evan Longoria 3b

6. Brandon Crawford ss

7. Carlos Gonzalez rf

8. Donovan Walton 2b

9. Joey Bart c

RH Jakob Junis p

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