More so about Mikolas than Martinez. Carlos appears healthy. We know Mikolas is not there yet.
Good question. Often, the makeup of the rosters is a backup-players look but you may have some veteran pitchers get their work in. Score is kept but not officially and there may be some juggling as to how many outs there are at a particular point. Admission is not charged so the teams can do pretty much anything they want on the back fields.
Thomas looks like a good fourth outfielder so far. Bader would have to struggle at bat again to lose his center-field job although Thomas could play there or any other outfield spot.
Perez will appear in a lot of "B" games but as the spring evolves, the players who are going to make the major league club will get most of the playing time. Perez hasn't even played at the Class AA level yet but he's back to being a prospect, maybe.
Goldschmidt hit second as a Cardinal when he first got here. It's just something else to look at, with Arenado third and DeJong fourth. Thomas, I would expect, will play most of the game in center with Bader still out with forearm soreness.
I might have known that Carpenter's 0 for 11 start would send up red flags. This is spring training. I'm not saying the Cardinals will wait forever for him to do better but there is no plug-pulling yet.
In spring training, it often depends on who's playing that day. There have been a couple of shutouts, as you have noted. But nothing much matters until the last few days of the spring, as far as the regulars are concerned.
He is throwing harder today, with several over 90 although his location isn't quite there yet.
Bader's defense is highly valued and he will start unless he absolutely doesn't hit. But there should be plenty of playing time for Thomas in the outfield if he can remain healthy, which has been a challenge in recent years.
He does look a bit different. Now can Perez translate that into being a productive hitter?
Martinez enjoys speaking English in a 1-1 situation in the clubhouse (when we could go into the clubhouse). On Zooms, with many participants, he chooses to use a translator to repeat the question in Spanish but he still answers in English and he has made some strides. Perez is to be commended, though, for taking it a step farther.
Carlson is one of my three starting outfielders any day. But spring training decisions are not made in a week or even a month sometimes.
He's mostly been working on his swinging, not his bunting. Hitting is his life. Bunting is a distraction.
"A can of corn," which is an easy popup or fly ball. Its used to be that 19th century shopkeepers would keep their canned goods on the top shelves and hook them down, if needed, and then drop them into a basket they were holding, like catching a fly ball.
I don't have the answers for you on this one. I will have to consult with our TV critic, Dan Caesar.
I don't think this scenario extends very far beyond Mikolas going down and Gant not being very good before Reyes is the next man up.