I want to see more of Junior Fernandez and what help Ponce de Leon, O'Neill and Jose Martinez can be. The last two might be a day or so ahead of that Sept. 1 date but the bench certainly will be strengthened.
I would say Rendon would be a good target for the Cardinals and many other clubs. Carpenter's value as a regular at third base for another year or two is in question and his best value might be as a utility player capable of playing several positions, as he used to. Fowler has no-trade protection but still is serviceable. The trade market for both him and Carpenter is only modest, so the Cardinals might well keep one or both. Rendon makes sense in a perfect world.
Brett Cecil is on the 60-day IL, so he technically isn't on the 40 right now. But the Cardinals still have him for another year. He still is in Jupiter, I think, but he will not be pitching for the Cardinals this season.
I would hope the Cardinals would have interest in signing Ozuna to an extension. He is only 28 and he is the most feared hitter in their lineup. The worry is that the front office didn't think he conditioned his ailing shoulder or himself well enough in the off-season. A four-year commitment or more might cause concern there. But, no question, I think they need him and you take your chances. Carlson won't be quite ready and I don't know about Thomas, O'Neill, etc.
Many times over the weekend, it looked like the defense had five or six defenders on the right side of the infield other than just three. There certainly wasn't enough consideration, if any, given to what the umpires' dark shirts might look like. If ever there was a time for those light blue shirts for the umpires to come back, that was it. This is not a black-and-white issue although it surely looked like it. When you scrolled through the various games on TV, you couldn't tell at first sight who was even playing.
Not with the all-white and all-black uniforms anyway. Ug-lee.
A rare alternative view. But Gallegos already has established himself and hopes are high for Cabrera.
I would try to extend him but I certainly would make a qualifying offer to protect the draft pick or to have him back for one more year, anyway. Not many of those qualifying offers are accepted, however.
I really don't think the Cardinals know what they want to do yet and they are concerned about winning now and not about a contract discussion they can have later. There's no rush. Ozuna can't go anywhere until November. That said, and as I have said, I'd like to see them sign him at some point.
Players' Weekend should be for the players. Let them accessorize their shoes, their bats, their sleeves, as they did anyway. But wear regular uniforms while doing so and not just all white or all black.
Actually RBI is grammatically correct as in run(s) batted in. But, when clarity and simplicity are involved, RBIs is the proper way to go.
All I know is that Bill DeWitt Jr., said in the Post-Dispatch Sunday that the organization could do better in the area of analytics.
It involves scheduling and off days to some degree, but the easy explanation is that the Cardinals, in effect, will catch up on Saturday with a day-night doubleheader here against Cincinnati.
I don't see Carlson getting that call yet although I wouldn't rule it out. There wouldn't be that many opportunities for him to play, with all those other outfielders they will have and they don't have to protect him yet on the 40. Arozarena was hitting .368 for two months at Menphis and he didn't play much when he got called up although he will be back. Carlson has had two weeks of Triple-A ball.
There are no innings limits that I'm aware of. He seems to be getting stronger and he actually started for much of last season in the minors.
You can go up to 40 but next year you can have only 28 in September.
Fernandez, Cabrera, Ponce de Leon, Knizner, Sosa and maybe Ravelo are optioned players who could come up, besides rehabbing players O'Neill and Jose Martinez. Woodford isn't on the 40 yet.