Wednesday camp tidbits: Waiting on a lineup

* With knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on the mound for the Mets, the Cardinals will not be sending out what you would consider an ‘A’ lineup today. However, it’s still not announced. Tyler Henley will be starting in right field, though, with Jon Jay moving to center. Andrew Brown will start at first. TLR said that Matt Holliday will be in there but did not commit to any other regulars.

* Albert Pujols, who had his foot stepped on during Monday’s game, and Colby Rasmus, who was hit in the hip by a pitch, are both out. But TLR said they’re both expected to play tomorrow — and he did not indicate that they’re out today BECAUSE of those dings.
* Jaime Garcia will start the game in Springfield, weather permitting.
* Daniel Descalso beat out Matt Carpenter for a variety of reasons, TLR said, but the two main ones were Descalso’s versatility and the desire for Carpenter to get at-bats. He said that in his mind, at least, the 40-man roster was not a factor.
* TLR said his worry with Jason Motte is Motte’s pitches, not his confidence.
* Today’s game is on ESPN.
And, finally, the playlist:
The Rolling Stones, “Dead Flowers”
Dramarama, “(I’d Like To) Volunteer, Please”
Letters to Cleo, “From Under the Dust”
Soul Coughing, “The Idiot Kings”
R.E.M., “So. Central Rain”
-M.

1 Comment

So I was listening to Mo during the broadcast today and he emphasized, while discussing Pujols’ contract, that the Cards 1) don’t outbid other teams for players and 2) have to be really careful not to weight they payroll to heavily towards one player… anyone else think that sounds like Albert’s on the move next year? I’m well aware that this has been most every team’s position, and a common theme for the Cardinals, forever, so it’s not really news but it reminds me greatly of Mo’s statements in January about how the team wasn’t taking Pujols’ deadline for negotiations as very serious… and then Nomar tossed him a grapefruit relative to how the team makes it so that so many players love to play in StL…

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