Lots of late-night tidbits
Usually, if it gets to this point in the evening and I haven’t posted tidbits, I’ll just bag it. But in this case, there was simply too much stuff to ignore. Very busy and interesting day at the ballpark, with a long and valuable pregame chats with not only TLR but Mozeliak.
* Rick Ankiel, we were told, is improving but not ready yet. He may be available to pinch-hit on Wednesday, but more likely he won’t play until Friday in San Francisco.
* TLR, pregame, on putting Chris Duncan in the 2 spot, and whether it was an attempt to get Duncan going: “That’s the main reason I’m doing it.”
Sometimes those things work out…
* TLR and Mo were both asked (not by me) before the game about the possibility of Rasmus being sent out as a corresponding move when Ludwick is activated. Both dismissed it pretty much out of hand. Asked if Rasmus was safe, this was TLR’s answer:
“Yeah. Why not? Are we sending somebody out that’s hitting better than he is? The best problem we can have is when four of those guys are swinging the bat real well and you have to pick three of the four.”
* There’s a story I wrote earlier tonight on Glaus’ status that’s currently on the site. Rather than recapping it here, I’ll simply send you right to the story.
* As noted in the game preview that will go up shortly, Jason LaRue will catch tomorrow. TLR detests the whole personal-catcher thing, but will use LaRue with Wellemeyer just the same. It’s partly because Molina is going to catch all three games this weekend against SF, and quite possibly all four after that against Cincinnati.
* The Cardinals are not likely to go back to 12 pitchers when they make the move with Ludwick. Mozeliak on that topic:
“If we didn’t have that stretch beginning on Friday, we probably would have gone back to 12. But given some of the uncertainties we have, and we don’t have an off day for the next [2 1/2] weeks…
“If things go well with our rotation, not necessarily replicate what we’ve seen in the last six days but kind of follow suit, then at that point we might go back to 12 pitchers. I think we’ll carry 13 pitchers probably for the foreseeable — seven to 10 days. There’s no off day. If we see what we’ve seen the past week from our starters continue into next week, then I think we might reconsider.”
* Mozeliak said he expects that Joe Mather will return to action sometime next week. Mather has not played since May 7 after undergoing a wrist operation. It would obviously be a very big boost for this team to get Mather healthy and hitting well enough to be called up. His right-handed pop is definitely missed.
* TLR was noncommittal on whether Khalil Greene will start tomorrow’s game. His postgame comment on that:
“I’m going to give it some thought tonight. He had a rough day and he wasn’t happy with himself. I’m going to think about it tonight. I’m not sure about tomorrow yet.
“When he struggles, it eats at him. This game is about struggles. You make seven outs in 10, and all that stuff. but it eats at him. He cares.”
* Former Packers GM Ron Wolf was in attendance. Wolf is one of the most
frequent visitors to Spring Training and a good friend of TLR’s. In my
experience, also a good guy; enjoyable fellow to talk baseball or
* And finally, a reminder that I love talking ball on Twitter. Follow me there, my handle is MatthewHLeach.
I think it is too late for a playlist, especially since I’ll be back here in about 8 1/2 hours.