Tuesday camp tidbits: Acknowledging the obvious
Hello from warm, muggy Fort Lauderdale.
* TLR finally acknowledged what we have all known for quite some time now: Adam Wainwright will start Opening Day, and the current rotation order is how they will go into the season. Wainwright-Lohse-Wellemeyer-Carpenter-Pineiro.
* Yadier Molina is batting second today and serving as the designated hitter. The plan for the final few days down here is to start LaRue and have Molina come off the bench to catch the relievers, since he hasn’t worked with them much at all this spring.
* Khalil Greene and Albert Pujols stayed back in Jupiter, getting a “half and half” day per TLR — they were to take a lot of swings this morning, then have the afternoon off. Every other healthy player is on the trip, including the starting pitchers. However, the hope was that the Cardinals could work out on the fields here, but that was scratched when Baltimore didn’t get in until very late after a night game last night. The O’s thus started late, and the Cardinals had to settle for extra time on the main field.
* Got a story coming later today on Jason Motte and the closing situation. TLR expressly refused to acknowledge Motte as even the primary guy, never mind the only guy. But he said that to some extent, the competition is ongoing, and someone could seize it during the year.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Don’t Forget Me”
Spoon: “The Underdog”
Talking Heads: “Blind”
Pearl Jam: “Yellow Ledbetter”