They did add a veteran DH. They signed Corey Dickerson. He's batting leadoff tonight against the Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach, Fla. This will be his game debut as a Cardinal, right there in the same lineup as Steven Matz.
The urgency with which they view their pitching could be telling on multiple fronts:
-- Thus far two additions, Brooks and VerHagen, have given the team confidence in their scouting and signing of the two. Strike throwers. Durable. Throw hard. They'll get a chance and the Cardinals aren't a team to create blocks when they've promised opportunities until they see an upgrade, and they're downplaying their view of the available free agents. Happ stands out as far as past interest.
-- How they're going to use pitchers. They see that fifth spot as a piggyback at the moment, and they intend to throw quantity at it. They might open the season with seven, eight "starter" types when it comes to innings, and they'll turn to two of them to split the games on that fifth day. They'll count on four and then move to the middle relief. They're going to monitor workload quite a bit and you might only see Wainwright and Mikolas plunging deep into games.
Matz has to make his bid to be that guy, and it starts today.
-- And finally, No. 3, how the team views Flaherty's timetable and ultimate contribution.