Carlos Martinez was re-examined. Has been a few times. He was taken for an MRI this past week and what that showed was improved healing in the muscle near the shoulder. He is set to start a throwing program today. That was the last target date given for its beginning. A throwing program usually starts with catch -- or using weighted balls in the training room. So it's not going to be some grand bullpen throw -- or at least that wasn't the description this weekend. He'll move toward that. There is not a return date.
Changes from pitcher to pitcher, honestly. And it also depends on the time of year. Most pitchers are less likely to lose that stamina they've built up in the middle or later of the year. So you'll see some starters skip a start, or skip a week, and then get back to being able to throw deep into games without an issue. Earlier in the season a missed week or two would mean having to build back up again. If I understand your question correctly, pitchers get stretched out in order to maintain the stamina and not have it "snap back" on them. Now, if you mean a starter who becomes a reliever then asked to be a starter again -- that "snap back" -- then it takes some time to get that stamina back and teams always are concerned about taxing an arm like that -- or having innings during the season from a quality pitcher not count against the standings.
Some 162-0. Some want charming. Some are just mad online. But beneath all that noise -- which can be hard to cut through, I get that -- there are criticisms that are worthy of discussion and some that are worthy of answers from the organization, for sure. I worried that the real questions -- ones that Matheny and the team may even be eager to answer -- are lost in the decibel level of the unrealistic or just complaints for sport. Because, many of us know that the Cardinals aren't going 162-0, even with Earl Weaver at manager.
Must hit the clubhouse for some reporting. Will answer questions and provide some multi-media elements in the coming hour or so. Keep the questions rolling. And please be patience as I take a moment to get some interviews in place.
Because he’s a good hitter, with a swing from the right side that the Cardinals haven’t had since peak Holliday, for sure, and that wasn’t the “PD opinion” that was what scouts thought, that’s what opposing teams thought, and, heck, a few of the stories I wrote about Ozuna the hitter were informed by Don Mattingly. He had a pretty good career as ... well, I don’t think he was a baseball writer ... first baseman. For Yankees. He told me several times that last year he had a team with the NL MVP who hit 59 homers and in his opinion the MVP of the team was Ozuna. Imagine that. And he doesn’t even work for the paper.
Those are pretty standard these days for free agents. Or were. Market has changed.
Alright, let's get some momentum going now that I'm back from the clubhouse, back from working on some future stories, and got a few interviews stashed in the notebook. I can focus on the chat from here till it's time to cover the game. Let's go.
Both of those young players are righthanded. Fowler is the lefthanded bat in that platoon.
He hits his homers in bunches. That's for sure. But he can go cold, too. For me, it would be a mistake to abandon Fowler and Ozuna completely to start O'Neill. Long term, this team is better with Ozuna and Fowler producing for it.
Meeting with a specialist Thursday so a plan can be put in place for his return to baseball activities.
He can opt out and maybe that would be mutually agreeable.
It's not a setback. It's just a game. I saw the extra-base hits. Wouldn't be too alarmed -- unless it was caused by a lack of velocity or a recurrence of back soreness. We don't know yet.
This was a non-starter this afternoon when asked about. The front office suggested that the topic of Holland to the minors has never come up because he has the power in that regard and because they need him to get right in the majors and contribute there against major-league hitters not show that he can get minor-leagues out. He's done that before.
There could have been more about the plate discipline in that story, but I shifted to focus on his prep and tried to detail how that worked with keeping him in the lineup and also achieved the discipline.