This is my last tidbits entry from Jupiter. I’ll be headed home in the morning, then coming to you from Minnesota over the weekend. The weather has been perfect the past couple of days, and is supposed to continue through tomorrow, which is the day of the Cardinals’ last Grapefruit League game.
On with the tidbits:
* TLR said a couple of different things on Wednesday regarding the last two spots on the bench. It’s a 3-for-2 situation, with two roster spots to be handed out among Allen Craig, Joe Mather and Nick Stavinoha.
La Russa said in the morning that none of the three could really do anything in these last couple of games to change the outcome. That doesn’t necessarily mean the decision is made (and I’m not sure it is), it just means they have all the information and still need to hash it out.
In the afternoon, though, he acknowledged that Jason LaRue’s situation may complicate things, and a third catcher may be possible. Based on roster considerations, though, I think a third catcher is almost impossible. It’s conceivable that either Molina or LaRue (more likely LaRue) could open the year on the DL, with Matt Pagnozzi on the roster. But it would be very difficult to make three catchers work.
* Tomorrow’s game starts at 11:05 a.m. CT, an hour earlier than usual, so the teams can break camp and get on out of town.
* Jason Motte has switched to jersey No. 30, and Felipe Lopez is switching to No. 3. He still wore No. 8 today, but had a No. 3 road jersey hanging in his locker this morning.
* TLR indicated that as long as it doesn’t appear that Blake Hawksworth will be out a long time, they probably won’t place him on the DL. If Hawksworth were to be unavailable for, say, the first series in Cincinnati, chances are they would just go with 11 pitchers for the first few days.
That’s all the baseball in this entry. Now on with the music. Today’s playlist:
The Rolling Stones, ”Going Home”
Soul Asylum, “Sometime To Return”
Jimmy Buffett, “Come Monday”
The Postal Service, “Such Great Heights”
Dave Dudley, “Six Days On The Road”