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2024 Batting

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Regular Season .235 4 25 .686 0

Top Brendan Donovan News

  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Starting to heat up

    Donovan went 3-for-4 with a double and a hit-by-pitch in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Reds.

    This was Donovan's third multi-hit effort in the last five games. He's now gone 17-for-49 (.347) over his last 13 contests, though he has zero home runs and six doubles in that span. The 27-year-old is up to a .245/.326/.382 slash line with four homers, 25 RBI, 26 runs scored, 14 doubles, one triple and no stolen bases over 233 plate appearances this season. Donovan's lack of steals and mediocre sprint speed -- in the 42nd percentile, per Statcast -- makes him an odd fit for the leadoff role, but that's where he's hit for most of the campaign. Masyn Winn has also seen time at leadoff versus left-handed pitchers recently, but Donovan remains atop the order versus righties.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Sitting against lefty

    Donovan isn't in the Cardinals' lineup for Friday's game against the Brewers, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Left-hander Robert Gasser will make his MLB debut Friday as Milwaukee's starting pitcher, meaning the left-handed bat of Donovan will begin the game from the Cardinals' dugout. Lars Nootbaar, Mike Siani and Dylan Carlson will start across St. Louis' outfield while Donovan sits.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Goes yard in Tuesday's loss

    Donovan went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Mets.

    A day after being taken out of the leadoff spot, Donovan led off Tuesday's game with a solo home run off Jose Butto for his fourth homer of the year and second career leadoff blast. He now has at least a hit in four straight games with three of those hits going for extra bases. The 27-year-old owns a .223 batting average, though that comes with an unlucky .233 BABIP. For the year, Donovan is slashing .223/.297/.381 with 13 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, 15 runs and an 11:22 BB:K in 158 plate appearances.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Not in Wednesday's lineup

    Donovan is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets.

    With left-hander Jose Quintana toeing the slab for the Mets, the Cardinals have elected to give the left-handed-hitting Donovan a breather. Lars Nootbaar will fill in for Donovan in left field.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Goes deep in nightcap

    Donovan went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in an 11-6 loss to the Tigers in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

    Donovan sparked the Cardinals' fifth-inning rally with his homer. The utility man had hit safely in five straight games before going 0-for-4 in the matinee contest. Donovan is slashing .228/.311/.377 with three homers, 16 RBI, 13 runs scored and no stolen bases over 132 plate appearances this season. He remains the Cardinals' preferred leadoff batter and left fielder despite his mediocre hitting so far.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Racks up three hits

    Donovan went 3-for-4 with a triple, one RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 9-6 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Donovan took a turn at designated hitter in Lars Nootbaar's first game back from a rib injury. Defensively, Donovan is better suited to play second base than Nolan Gorman, and that's likely how the Cardinals will line up against right-handed pitchers going forward. Donovan is batting .298 with two home runs, nine RBI, 10 runs scored, four doubles and a triple over 13 contests as the leadoff hitter. He's also been caught stealing on his only attempt this season.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Clubs homer in loss

    Donovan went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Phillies.

    Donovan entered Wednesday 0-for-11 with two walks over his previous three games. He connected in his second at-bat, tying the game with a solo shot in the third inning. The 27-year-old has started six of the last seven games in left field, but he could move to second base once Lars Nootbaar (ribs) and Willson Contreras (hand) are able to play at their respective positions. The ripple effects of the Cardinals getting healthier could also result in Nolan Gorman at designated hitter more often. Donovan is batting .256 with two homers, eight RBI, eight runs scored and eight runs scored through 12 contests as the team's primary leadoff hitter, so it's unlikely his playing time drops off.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Back in lineup

    Donovan (elbow) is starting in left field Saturday against the Marlins, Lynn Worthy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Donovan was hit by two pitches during Wednesday's game against the Padres, prompting a day off Thursday to recover. Now seemingly healthy, the 27-year-old super-utility man will return to the top of the Cardinals' lineup and look to stay hot after slashing .308/.438/.500 to begin the year.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Expected back Saturday

    Donovan (elbow) is expected to return to the lineup Saturday against the Marlins, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Donovan was dealing with bruising and lingering pain after being hit by pitches in the elbow and bicep early in the season. He sat Thursday as a result, but he isn't expected to miss further time.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Sitting Thursday

    Donovan (elbow) won't be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins, John Denton of MLB.com reports.

    Donovan was hit twice by pitches during Wednesday's loss to San Diego and had to be removed from the game after taking a sinker off his right elbow. He has played in left field most often to begin the season, so Alec Burleson and Mike Siani will likely receive an increase in playing time while Donovan is out.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Exits game after HBP

    Donovan was removed from Wednesday's game versus the Padres after getting hit by a pitch, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Donovan became the fourth Cardinal to get hit by a pitch Wednesday when he took a 95-mph sinker off his elbow during the top of the eighth inning -- his second HBP of the game. He remained in to run the bases but was replaced in left field by Mike Siani before the bottom half of the frame. The severity of Donovan's injury is unknown, but getting hit by two pitches may prompt a day off Thursday versus Miami at the very least.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Smacks homer among three hits

    Donovan went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, a double, a walk and three total runs in a 6-2 win against the Padres on Monday.

    Donovan capped the scoring for St. Louis with a two-run blast to right field in the sixth inning. He added a single and a double for his first multi-hit game of the campaign. Prior to Monday, Donovan had gone just 2-for-18 with six strikeouts, but he has batted leadoff while starting in left field for each of St. Louis' five games so far, so he appears to be set in that role.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Set for outfield reps

    Donovan is expected to get some playing time in the outfield next week, John Denton of MLB.com reports.

    Donovan was limited to second base early in camp, but manager Oliver Marmol is loosening the reins on his super-utility player. Once the season starts, it's unlikely Donovan will need to play right field much, but he could be valuable cover in left field, as Lars Nootbaar (ribs) is likely to miss time at the start of 2024. Donovan is still projected to see most of his playing time at second base this season, but his versatility gives Marmol options when constructing his lineup on a daily basis.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Had UCL, not flexor, repaired

    Donovan revealed Thursday that his surgery last August was to repair a partial UCL tear in his right elbow, not the flexor tendon as had been previously reported, John Denton of MLB.com reports.

    Donovan did deal with a flexor strain last season, but the operation he ultimately had was an internal brace procedure to correct his UCL. The 27-year-old has been limited to second base so far in camp as the Cardinals monitor his throwing, but he's played a couple Grapefruit League games and shouldn't be under any restrictions by the time the season begins.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Wurzberg, Germany
Age: 27
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: L, R