When Leake said he didn't think anything should be done, regarding his rest, etc., he was doing what almost any professional athlete would do. But it would seem to make sense to skip him for at least one start. He has, after all, lost 11 of his last 13 decisions, and maybe a rest of a few days would revive him. He's signed for three more years after this year, so he's not going anywhere. And he did pitch very well for the first two months of the season.
The alternatives for Leake are limited to a couple of young pitchers at Memphis unless they acquire some veteran starter from an out-of-the-race team in a trade. Young Jack Flaherty, their prospect closest to reaching the majors, is pitching this afternoon at Memphis and would be able to pitch Saturday, which is when Leake's next turn would be. Flaherty, who doesn't have to be protected yet because he hasn't been a pro long enough, would have to be added to the 40-man roster and somebody else would have to be lopped off, risking losing that player through waivers. Righthander John Gant, who was impressive in spring training before suffering a groin injury, has starting experience in the majors (last year with Atlanta). He is on the 40-man.
Stephen Piscotty, in his 10 days at Memphis, has shown he doesn't need to be there any longer. Mike Matheny now has four regular outfielders and I would say that Grichuk might lose playing time more than either Pham or Dexter Fowler, but all four are going to have to play and somebody will sit every night. At the intensity with which Pham plays, a day off every now and then can't hurt him.
I think they were intrigued by Lucas' threw-quarters motion and his high strikeout totals with his slider and changeup. When Siegrist returns, which should be soon, Lucas might well be back in Memphis.
Boston is on the hook for every cent Sandoval will receive, minus the minimum salary for the particular season in which he is playing. This includes all deferred payments.
Any time someone of Verlander's ilk is available, you have to ask. The questions, of course, are whom you would have to trade and how long you think Verlander can pitch at an elite level?. Despite yesterday's outing, he is on a decline
There was great angst in the New York Yankees' front office when they claimed they had "loaned" Willie McGee to the Cardinals' Triple-A team in 1982 with lefthander Bob Sykes going to the Yankees. When McGee had his big rookie year for the Cardinals after being brought up from Louisville, eorge Steinbrenner got involved and, to keep McGee, the Cardinals had to give up prospects Stanley Javier and Bobby Meacham for little return to keep the Yankees happy.
Wow, I would hope there are other worthies you would like to see. Odds are 50-50 he makes that start.
O'Neill didn't come from Seattle advertised as a high average hitter and he has performed as advertised, hitting plenty of home runs but not much for consistency. That translates to possible big leaguer but not necessarily regular player, what with all the outfielders the Cardinals have on their roster and at at Memphis.
Marcell Ozuna would be a fine, not overly expensive. addition, not counting, of course, the type of pitching talent the Marlins would want. And they would want a couple of camera-ready ones. He could hit third or fourth. Surprisingly, he is not a fast runner but the Cardinals don't have many of those anyway.
Mo and Girsch haven't been instructed by Bill DeWitt Jr., not to do anything. Sometimes, what you want you can't always get. A week ago, everybody was all excited that the Cardinals were tied for first place in their division. Since then, though, they have lost pitching aces Rosenthal and Wainwright, so rest assured the front office is busy.
In spring training, players are given a stipend for lodging and good, which is not a part of their regular-season minor- and major-league contracts.
I'll ride with you on most of these. Lou Gehrig not too bad. And he plays every day.
I'm not quite sure what kind of replays they had available to them in minor league park. New York equipment was not in play and when you're not sure in the first inning, you usually don't spend that one challenge.
Shirley, I understand your discontent. We're used to seeing better. But, the club still is 12 games over .500 in the last two years. You want lousy? Look at the Reds, White Sox, A's, Padres. With the recent promotions and extensions of Mo and Girsch, those two will be running the front office for the long haul.
There always is a chance the Cardinals will add to their bedraggled bullpen through the waiver wires or trades and I would not be surprised if a move would be made this week.
I don't know if Pham is appreciably better than Fowler in center but Grichuk might be better than either. I think Fowler is owed the chance, not that he presumably is healthy, to play center until he shows that he can't. Next spring we might see a different alignment.
First, the Cardinals don't have several "top" prospects as relievers. Second, Mayers was going to be here for only one day of long relief, no matter how successful (and he wasn't)) he was. Lucas allowed one run in two innings. I don't find that awful. The major issue lately has the lack of innings offered up by the starters.
They're paying Piscotty $33.5 million to play and he's going to play. What was wrong with two hits and a diving catch?
(This is the moderator re-posting a question that was deleted.)
Could Flaherty's status depend on what we find out about Rosie this week? If he's out for the year, they could add him to the 60 day DL and use his 40 man spot for Flaherty. No disrespect to Gant, but the best players should play if the team is serious about making the postseason.
Rosenthal's status well could determine any roster move. We probably won't have any word until the middle of this week, or when he will have his second opinion. Surgery would put him on the 60-day list.
If you've been watching the games lately, Martinez has had a little trouble on defense in the outfield. With Piscotty back now, he probably will start even less although they do his like his bat off the bench.