He's set to play every day at a variety of positions for Class AAA Memphis.
Asked him about this a couple days ago, and he was talking about how good he felt at the plate, not behind it. He wouldn't elaborate, but he was talking about how he had to adjust somethings at the plate because he wasn't comfortable, couldn't put so much weight/force on his knee when swinging, and that he feels more like himself. He used the term "balanced." He's had favorable recovery from his work at catcher, too.
I think today this was to get Munoz more at-bats. He missed some time with that bruised hand, so they are trying to get him some at-bats.
Probably would see Wong or Bader there, depending on the handedness of the pitcher. I suppose Fowler goes off on a scorching April, then he'd make the decision for the Cardinals and move up there.
I see you point. I assume you're talking about Heyward. There was much more to it then the talent coming up. Heyward may have said that, but in some ways that was what he was supposed to say. He wanted to be a Cub. He found that more exciting than being a Cardinal. He thought that was a better clubhouse, a better team right away, a better situation, a cool story to chase, and he was right. He won a championship there and was part of a special team that will never be forgotten in baseball on the north side. Good call on his part. But when pressed about that comment about the young players, he relented to the fact that the Cardinals had rising talent on pitching but not the position players like Bryant and Baez. I think we all agree with him. Goldschmidt is getting a first-hand look at the pitching that is not on the horizon. It has has arrived. DeJong is set. So the team looks different to him at this point than it did to Heyward, and the decision really seems to come down to what the Cardinals offer (it must be market fair) and whether he wants to go elsewhere for whatever reasons, personal, family, or longevity.
That's been bandied about. Hard to see how front offices would agree to this. Also, I don't know the motivation for players to reduce/limit the jobs of other players.
That seems fair. Could see O'Neill starting more often than Martinez at this point, as the roster is currently constituted and playing time has been measured out.
The Cardinals are not planning a six-man rotation. Shildt said that, definitively without equivocation, when asked this week. A six-man rotation would work just like a five-man rotation only they would have more days between starts. It would get complicated if the Cardinals piggybacked one of the rotation spots. Then it gets wonky, and they would have two pitchers in one day, and those pitchers would be available out of the bullpen on the mid-day between starts.
Not really. But I could be proven wrong. I don't see those dots connecting.
It would not surprise if they and other teams discuss it. There are a few teams that I know of that would like to do it. Toronto has opened the door. Here's hoping others will follow.
I saw nothing wrong with it, either way.
I think that's a spring training thing. That's a stat readily available. In the spring box scores on At Bat last year (or maybe the year before) the pitch counts were wrong because they only counted action pitches. One pitch for an out. Three pitches for a strikeout. Four for a walk. The numbers weren't accurate. At big-league parks in the regular season, they are.
Good question. So, at the GM meetings -- I believe that was when -- they did look into his availability, and I was told it went nowhere. I may have been told that at the winter meetings. The Cardinals looked into trading Jose Martinez for a lefty with a few teams. They talked to the Giants about two lefty relievers, they tried to engage with Cleveland in discussions about a lefty reliever, and at the winter meetings they became convinced no momentum existed for an Andrew Miller deal that they folded back on some conversations with teams about a trade for a lefty. The Twins were a team of interest for the Cardinals, but I was never able to confirm that got any farther along then the Cardinals asking, asking, looking, and the Twins wanting to keep him.
Remarkably similar. And that says something. He has more pitches to use in any counts this spring than he did in previous springs. The slider has upside.
Jordan Hicks is warming up.
Have to relocate the chat here and possibly catch up with Dakota Hudson for an interview. Rick Hummel will have coverage of the current game available shortly on StlToday.com. I will return to the chat shortly from the back field, if I can score a wi-fi single there. Good questions, folks.
Not with Cecil now on the IL. There is some room there if the Cardinals want to fill the bullpen at the expense of one bench spot.
He is healthy. He was one of the first cuts of spring training after warming up for a game he never entered in West Palm Beach. The Cardinals moved him to Memphis in part because they didn't have the innings in the major-league camp and wanted him stretched out for the rotation in the minors, to get that additional work on his pitches, and to get some of the innings that he lacked because of injury this past season year. He and Woodford will be part of the rotation in Memphis, at last check.
It is premature to be that concerned. Carpenter moving around better today after being limited Sunday. He's had this in the past, and that does raise some caution flags. It's just as likely that he recognized the trouble early because of his experience and moved away from anything that would cause more trouble. That happened earlier this spring with an oblique injury. Pena's is an example of that. Know the indicator, stop, and avoid the aggravation. Carpenter had some days off coming before the start of the season, so if he gets in the games this weekend, sees action Thursday possibly, and this weekend then Memphis, he's set.