I guess anything is possible. He's taken swings, and it appears like they want to get him into a game next week. That's not any longer really than expected. The big concern here is the oblique. The word the Cardinals have used is that Carpenter/trainers feel this is a "precursor" to an oblique strain and it's better to miss a week here than a month later, and that's what the injury is -- a month. The team, the player ... they all really fear the oblique injury. So you can understand the caution.
Third baseman, possibly. The bat could fit.
To make room for Eric Fryer, when they add him. Cardinals acknowledging they made a mistake and moved on from it.
That's the plan. Rick Ankiel is also set for at least 12 games.
Somewhat. There is an effort underway by the Cardinals to have more quality control throughout the organization. Mozeliak has long insisted on consistency throughout the organization -- and to make sure that the same way something is being taught at High-A is what is being taught and rookie, and only the expectations of proficiency and production change. He calls this a bottom-to-top structure. There has been a lot of effort to harmonize every level, and that's what some of these coaches will be doing. It's a similar role that Mike Shildt is doing at the major-league level.
Brayan Pena said he was ready. They had positive reports about his readiness. The Cardinals did want to have a bat in that spot, and there was some appeal to get Pena on the roster as a switch-hitter. Pena was not ready. The positive reports shouldn't have been. And the Cardinals also had more comfort with Fryer behind the plate. The pitchers were comfortable with him. They could have kept him, but they had nearly $5 million invested in Pena being the guy, so this was a case of the contract deciding the roster move, and a mistake, yes a mistake was made.
Indeed they would until you realize it would take Reyes, Alcantara or some variation of standout prospects to get Quintana, and the Cardinals really don't have that group the Sox want, not with Reyes out of season.
I suppose. That was a heckuva tandem in the desert.
You are not alone. There are some teams that would just start him at 2B.
You've outlined the current situation well, and, yes, while so much of the talk in these chats is about how Matheny has entered the spring with more security (contract) than he's ever had and yet more pressure (playoffs) than he's ever had, some of that is certainly on Mozeliak, too. Last year, we saw the start of the transition, and we saw the deficiencies in the system that were going to hold them back. A core player is needed. A face of the franchise would be welcome. A player who will follow the Pujols Era, the Molina Era and ... has to be identified ... or emerge ... or acquired. All of these are Mozeliak's table to accomplish right now, and you put it well: It is a good time, with the Cubs ascendant, for him to secure his reputation.
It's ready now. And there are more to edit and post in the coming days.
No. They all have different roles. They all fit.
Yes. Not suitable for youngsters, in my opinion. Stressful but rewarding movie. You know the end when you sit down, probably, and that only adds to the anxiety because of the two icons you watch struggle with age. Patrick Stewart is remarkable.
He does, yes. I think he was kidding. Still not sure.
Solid. Healthy. Lighter. You can tell that his grip strength is far better.
MLB and the MLBPA have agreed on an approach with players injured in the WBC and share in the coverage of that players insurance. The insurance would then cover the salary, minus an agreed-upon deductible. That's actually something that had to be negotiated -- and has a few times through the years of the WBC. You think it's considered a joint venture for revenue? Not just that. It's a joint venture when it comes to risk, too.
That is no guarantee at all. Nope. Eleven pitchers does not mean Schafer makes the team.
Alright, let's hit the lightning round, now that I'm back from reporting for tomorrow's lede.
There was a question earlier about Patrick Wisdom -- before he hit a home run in the game. Here was Matheny's answer to your question: "This kid has a real shot. Haven't backed off of that. Injuries got in the way. What's he's right there reminds me of a Scott Rolen-type swing."
Matheny also complimented Wisdom's defense.
I see what you're saying. There are two points that I would make before plunging into this topic. 1) The losing started during spring training, and I don't mean always on the scoreboard. The losing-style of play started in spring. That was obvious if you watched the games. No box score or final score needed. They were a frayed bunch. 2) We don't know if Matt Holliday would have had a different approach with this spring and this group if he was in the clubhouse this year. It's entirely possible he would have. I just had some conversations with some players about something that happened today and how different it was from the same thing that happened last year. Last year, it revealed a stratification in the clubhouse. This year, it didn't. And Holliday had no role in what happened last year, and he would have had a role in why it worked this year. One of the players had an interesting point -- it's not the people, it's what the people are allowing to have happen, and yes Fowler is a part of that. "It's happening organically," the player told me.