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Top Alec Burleson News

  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Drops weight over offseason

    Burleson revealed Saturday that he's lost 12 pounds so far this offseason in an effort to become a more reliable defender, Lynn Worthy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Burleson graded out at minus-9 in Statcast's Outs Above Average in 2023, with most of that coming in the outfield. The 25-year-old has implemented a stricter diet this offseason and also worked on increasing his mobility, leading to weight loss and, he hopes, improved defense. Burleson posted just a .691 OPS last season, but a 13 percent strikeout rate and 41 percent hard-hit rate offered some promise. He currently projects as a reserve for the Cardinals but could see semi-regular starts between the outfield, designated hitter and first base.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Goes on IL with thumb fracture

    St. Louis placed Burleson on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a left thumb fracture.

    Burleson suffered the season-ending injury while sliding into third base Tuesday night against the Brewers and underwent surgery Wednesday morning. The 24-year-old finishes the 2023 campaign with a .244/.300/.390 slash line, eight home runs, 20 doubles and 36 RBI in 107 major-league games.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Suffers thumb fracture

    Burleson fractured his left thumb while stealing third base Tuesday against Milwaukee, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    After jamming his hand while sliding into third, Burleson's injury will put an early end to his 2023 campaign. He'll finish the season with a .242/.298/.385 slash line while slugging eight homers and tallying 35 RBI across 343 plate appearances. Luken Baker entered Tuesday's game as Burleson's replacement and could see an uptick in DH opportunities while Burleson and Nolan Gorman (hamstring) are out.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Exits after jamming fingers

    Burleson was removed from Tuesday's game against the Brewers after jamming the fingers on his left hand while sliding into third base, John Denton of MLB.com reports.

    Burleson was able to successfully steal third base and eventually score during the first inning, but the Cardinals took him out of the game and will presumably perform an X-ray on Burleson's hand. More details should come in the near future, but for now fantasy managers should consider Burleson day-to-day.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Picks up second steal

    Burleson went 1-for-4 with one RBI and a stolen base in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Phillies.

    Burleson has two steals this season, and they've come over his last eight games. He's hit safely in his last three contests, and he could be gaining some traction in the lineup against right-handed pitchers. The 24-year-old is up to a .240/.293/.383 slash line with eight home runs, 35 RBI and 32 runs scored through 103 games. The Cardinals will likely want to get a long look at Burleson over the last two weeks of the season to evaluate his progress this year.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Notches first steal

    Burleson went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's 11-6 win over Atlanta.

    The steal was Burleson's first of the season, which came on his second attempt. The outfielder has had a tough time breaking into the Cardinals' lineup on a regular basis, as the team has typically used the designated hitter spot to get some rest for lineup regulars. Through 311 plate appearances this season, Burleson has a .245/.297/.399 slash line with eight home runs, 33 RBI and 31 runs scored. He should primarily play against right-handed pitchers when he's in the lineup, as he has a paltry .499 OPS over 27 plate appearances versus southpaws this year.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Out against lefty

    Burleson is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres, Lynn Worthy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    He'll join fellow left-handed hitter Nolan Gorman on the bench with the Padres bringing southpaw Rich Hill to the bump in the series finale. Burleson could soon see his opportunities to play against right-handed pitching take a hit, too, as the Cardinals could get Lars Nootbaar (groin) back from the 10-day injured list as soon as this weekend.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Idle versus lefty

    Burleson is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres.

    He had started in four of the Cardinals' last five games, but the lefty-hitting Burleson will duck out of the lineup for Monday's series opener with the Padres bringing southpaw Blake Snell to the hill. With Burleson on the bench, the Cardinals will give Willson Contreras a day off behind the plate and have him serve as the designated hitter.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Hits bench Monday

    Burleson is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates, John Denton of MLB.com reports.

    The Pirates are deploying a right-hander (Thomas Hatch) as their opening pitcher, but with southpaw Bailey Falter likely to cover the bulk of the innings behind him, the lefty-hitting Burleson will head to the bench. Catcher Andrew Knizner will essentially fill Burleson's spot in the lineup while Willson Contreras gets a day off behind the plate and serves as St. Louis' designated hitter.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Sitting versus lefty

    Burleson is out of the lineup Thursday versus the Mets.

    Burleson went 2-for-4 with a double out of the cleanup spot Wednesday against the Athletics, but he'll head to the bench Thursday with left-hander Jose Quintana toeing the slab for New York. Tyler O'Neill, Tommy Edman and Jordan Walker are starting across the outfield while Willson Contreras serves as the Cardinals' designated hitter. Andrew Knizner will catch.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Not starting Friday

    Burleson isn't in the Cardinals' lineup Friday against the Mets, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    After going 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly in Thursday's series opener, Burleson will once again retreat to the dugout to begin Friday's game. Burleson's absence opens up a chance for Paul Goldschmidt to serve as the DH, allowing Luken Baker to start at first base.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: On bench versus lefty

    Burleson is not in the lineup Monday against the Athletics.

    Luken Baker will take a turn as the Cardinals' designated hitter with left-hander JP Sears toeing the slab for Oakland. Tyler O'Neill, Lars Nootbaar and Jordan Walker are starting across the outfield. The left-handed-hitting Burleson has slashed .182/.250/.227 in 24 plate appearances versus southpaws this year.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Sitting versus lefty

    Burleson isn't in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Royals, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    With lefty Cole Ragans starting on the mound for Kansas City, the left-handed Burleson will step out of the lineup to begin Saturday's contest. Willson Contreras will serve as St. Louis' DH, allowing Andrew Knizner to start behind the plate.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Re-enters lineup

    Burleson is serving as the Cardinals' designated hitter Tuesday against the Rays and batting sixth, John Denton of MLB.com reports.

    Burleson was originally slated for a day off Tuesday, but he will enter the lineup to replace Tyler O'Neill, who was scratched due to knee tightness. Burleson has been heating up at the plate recently, going 6-for-13 with two homers and four RBI since the beginning of August.

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  • Cardinals' Alec Burleson: On bench again Tuesday

    Burleson is absent from the lineup Tuesday versus the Rays.

    Burleson has been in a nice groove at the dish since the All-Star break, but he was on the bench for Sunday's series finale against the Rockies and will also take a seat Tuesday as the Cardinals open a three-game set at Tampa Bay. Tyler O'Neill, Dylan Carlson and Jordan Walker are starting across the outfield as Lars Nootbaar gets a turn as the designated hitter.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 212 lbs
Birthplace: Charlotte, NC
Age: 25
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: L, L