Hello from Hammond Stadium in beautiful Fort Myers. We got some rain this morning, but it’s gone now and apparently we’re in for another gorgeous Florida day.
Today’s Cardinals lineup vs. RHP Carl Pavano and the Twins:
1. Schumaker 2B
2. Lugo SS
3. Rasmus CF
4. Holliday LF
5. Ludwick RF
6. Freese 3B
7. Descalso DH
8. Mather 1B
9. LaRue C
Pitchers also on the list: Boggs, S.Miller, Ottavino, Parise, Perez, Salas, Samuel, Zink, Lynn
And the tidbits…
* Allen Craig is expected to make his 2010 game debut tomorrow, likely at first base or DH. They’ll probably still hold him out of the outfield. Craig is recuperating from soreness in his left quadriceps.
* TLR said this morning that there likely won’t be any more cuts this week. He had initially indicated that there might be two rounds, one before the Fort Myers trip and one after. However, it seems that all the moves they were going to make, they went ahead and made on Sunday — since several of the players who were cut, are on the trip.
* Daniel Descalso is in the lineup today in part because his parents are in attendance. Descalso has also swung the bat well this spring, and he adds another lefty bat to the lineup.
* Hammond Stadium has a bit of a homecoming feel for La Russa. He’s good friends with ex-Twins manager Tom Kelly, and in fact broke off his session with us to go chat with Kelly. He also has a long history with Fort Myers groundskeeper George Toma, who is one of the very best in his field of endeavor. Toma, among other things, is in charge of field preparation for the Super Bowl.
Depeche Mode, “A Pain That I’m Used To”
Sisters of Mercy, “Lucretia My Reflection”
Mission UK, “Wasteland”
(Listened to Darkwave on Sirius/XM First Wave on Sunday night… all still stuck in my head, great stuff)