It's neck and neck on the up-to-minute standings.
He injured it at Wrigley Field when playing left field. It's been tender ever since. He's got some inflammation in there, and he received a cortisone shot at the start of the winter to help it rest and heal and recovery. He's on a throwing program to build up strength on the back side to alleviate the strain he's putting on the arm when he throws and inviting the irritation. He's able to make the throws from second, but we have not yet seen him uncork one. That's by design. He said he's able to "hide" the arm a bit at second while he builds it to full strength.
Cardinals lead the Mets, 6-0 still. Score hasn't changed since chat started.
Alright, I'm taking the chat on the move here. Gotta do some reporting at the clubhouse. I'll continue answering questions and maybe even bring some video from the athletes.
Looking at the list of possible free agents and knowing the Cardinals' approach there would be other names ahead of his.
In like Fantasy Baseball? Seems like too many Cardinals. Might want to diversify if possible. Will be better for your team.
Don't dismiss the presence that doesn't wear a uniform or a number but is omnipresent in the clubhouse all the same: results. Ozzie Smith put it well when he said the team was "uncharacteristic" and played an unrecognizable style. That wore on players. Frustrations boiled. The absence of Oquendo was a part of that because there was one less voice and coach and confidant that had built-in trust. There are a lot more components in play than you list and don't dismiss the little things like music during workouts (one player told me he never even knew they could ask) and the Escape Room. They had never left camous before. Never. And a group did it to downtown West Palm --- in uniform.
Way too much. Sorry to be that guy. Again. Sometimes I feel like the chat should be called Dreamcrusher.
He's open to that, if necessary. I meant more about his life after the game too. He sees his mission work as an ongoing calling and something he can do for years. He wants to start a farm that he said can "feed thousands."
We are trying to find out. Stuck in holding pen after going through security. He did leave with trainer and an apparent injury.
The elite talent is a fair question. Yadier Molina would qualify. Wainwright has but is coming off his most difficult year. Young guys are a pick 'em. Perhaps you could chime back in with what money you prefer they spend. Thin free agent market. Only the Dodgers spent more this offseason. They do need to spend to find a core player in coming years. For sure.
It has not. I remain a believer in his upside. He has all the makings. But the explanation of his rank hasn't changed: at some point those makings have to become production, the promise has to be performance. The bet is that happens for him.
Fair question. Any time there are games played there is a chance for a producer to emerge. Look back to James Ramsey or Terry Evans. Did you know them on March 1 of the year they were traded? They played into trades, with Evans going to Angels in 2011 for Weaver. Same thing is in play this year. Bader. Hicks. Fernandez. Adams. Sosa. And so on. Any time they play they have the oppprtinity to improve their stock.
Lower back spasm for Weaver.
Reporting for a moment. Will plunge back in imminently.
Used to be. And then Twitter.
Good idea in theory. He's finding out in application. And now is the time.
Alright. Back at the keyboard for the sprint to the finish. Hope you enjoyed the video tour that comes with some clubhouse reporting. Let's finish the chat and get back to other work.