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McClellan to relieve, paving way for Garcia to start

JUPITER, Fla. —  Kyle McClellan will pitch in relief for the Cardinals in 2010, clearing the way for Jaime Garcia to be the club’s fifth starter.
Manager Tony La Russa made the announcement of McClellan’s status on Monday morning after informing the pitcher that his quest to move from the bullpen to the starting rotation has been deferred once again. Garcia, who is scheduled to start for the Cardinals on Monday afternoon against Minnesota, had not been officially notified of his status as of Monday morning.
“We’re assuming he’s going to pitch good,” La Russa said. “And if he pitches good, then [it’s a done deal]. … But he hasn’t been told because it’s not official.”
The other half, however, is finalized. McClellan, who has pitched in relief for St. Louis the past two years, will do so again in 2010. He had hoped to win a starting job, and he pitched very well, but will instead go back to the bullpen. He may serve as the primary setup man to closer Ryan Franklin. 
“He’s had a great spring, but that’s where we need him.”
Garcia pitched the best of the three candidates — Rich Hill was also a contender — and that was certainly one factor in the decision on McClellan. But the Cardinals also remain short on right-handed bullpen depth, which also tipped the scales somewhat.
“Those are the factors that have come into play,” La Russa said. “Jaime’s done a good job, really good. Without that good job, then we’d still be looking for something.”
-M.

Sunday camp tidbits: Lohse, the fifth starter, Ludwick

It was cloudy all day here at Port St. Lucie, but fortunately the rains never came. They weren’t so lucky on the other side of the state, and it sounds like there’s at least a possiblity that we may get it tomorrow. For now, though, a small victory.

* Kyle Lohse was pretty solid on Sunday, and he seemed to get better as he went along. He was pleased with most of his pitches, and one thing he noted is that he’s trying to re-incorporate his four-seam fastball into his repertoire.
“I probably threw like five all year [in 2009],” Lohse said.
It didn’t quite work every time for him — the home run he allowed came on a four-seamer. But he’d like to have it as an alternative, especially to run in on left-handed pitchers.
* Also on Lohse: barring something surprising, he will start the Friday night game in Minnesota. It wouldn’t be unprecedented for a veteran to stay back and pitch in a Minor League game in Florida instead of going on a post-spring, pre-Opening Day trip, but as of now, Lohse is on for a reunion with his first Major League team.
* TLR remains cagey almost to the point of combativeness when it comes to talking about who will be the fifth starter. I’ll have a story on this topic on the site later tonight, but this much is known: Garcia, Hill and McClellan are all scheduled to pitch tomorrow. Garcia will start the game against the Twins. He’s not giving up how Hill and McClellan will be used — be it in long, getting-stretched-out relief, short relief, a Minor League game, a live-BP session, whatever. He’s not giving it up. So, there’s something for tomorrow.
* I have something up on the site already about Ryan Ludwick, so if you’re wondering about why he came out of today’s game in the third inning, go over and check that out.
We also talked to Ludwick about his hitting this spring, and he said he’s putting a lot of effort into cutting down his strikeouts. He’s trying to be especially intentional about having a good approach with two strikes, and proudly noted that he’s only struck out three times in 59 plate appearances this spring.
How that translates to the season remains to be seen, but it’s definitely something he’s working on.
Now, today’s playlist. If you don’t like the playlist, you can just stop reading now and it won’t hurt my feelings one bit. The baseball is done in this blog entry (though I’ll have another one on Pujols a little later this evening).
I was driving up this morning, and “Let’s Go Crazy” came on, and suddenly I was all about Prince. So for no good reason, a Prince playlist. But really, who needs a reason for Prince?
“Let’s Go Crazy”
“Alphabet Street”
“U Got The Look”
“7”
“Musicology”
-M.

Early Saturday Warm-Up tidbits

Matthew Leach
MLB.com

Hello to one and all from the Winter Warm-Up, being held this year at the Hyatt Regency for the first time. Just a few tidbits from some of our sessions with players, and some other stuff:

* Mark McGwire will be at the Warm-Up on Sunday “in the 1 o’clock hour,” according to the club. He’ll appear on the main stage, and he’ll also take questions in a news conference.
* Chris Carpenter reported he’s in great shape this winter and enjoying a rehab-free winter.
“It’s actually been a lot of fun,” Carpenter said. “I’ve enjoyed my family a lot, didn’t have to worry about rehabbing stuff. it’s been a real nice winter. Enjoyed it a lot. … I feel like I’m as strong as I’ve ever been, as conditioned as I’ve ever been. My shoulder feels good. My elbow feels good. I started throwing a couple weeks ago, so I’m looking forward to it.
“Knock on wood, I’ve told my wife a bunch of times I’m not going to get too excited, because you never know what could happen. But my shoulder hasn’t felt this good since I don’t even know when. Three years. So I’m really excited about the way I feel.”
* Likewise, Jaime Garcia is optimistic about his health, and said he hasn’t been significantly restricted this winter. Garcia returned from ‘Tommy John’ elbow surgery late last season.
“The way I’ve been throwing and feeling, and the way I felt when I was in Memphis last year, I think I’m feeling the best I’ve felt, the best shape, my arm feels great,” Garcia said. “I don’t know how many innings I’m going to pitch, how many I’m going to be able to pitch. I just feel like this is the best I’ve felt.”
* Carpenter and Yadier Molina both expressed enthusiasm for the hiring of Mark McGwire, and neither voiced any real concern when asked about McGwire’s announcement of his past steroid use this week.
“Nothing,” Molina said when asked his thoughts on the announcement. “He’s a great person. He’s a great guy. I’m going to be happy to have him on my team.”
* John Mozeliak confirmed in a Q&A with fans that the Cardinals will take a look at Ben Sheets’ throw next week. However, there’s likely not much of a fit there.
-M.
* I’ll be tweeting through the weekend, so come on over to Twitter and check it out.

Thursday tidbits: Garcia activated and optioned, Smoltz, Boggs, Ludwick

Hello from San Diego, which absolutely deserves its reputation as one of the best cities in America. Terrific ballpark too.

* Jaime Garcia was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. Garcia has been rehabbing from “Tommy John” elbow surgery. On Wednesday night he started at Memphis in what technically was his last rehab start.

He pitched well in that game after a four-run first, finishing with four runs in six innings, nine strikeouts and one walk. He’ll continue pitching for Memphis.

* John Smoltz was officially added to the active roster today. He spoke extensively with reporters — look for a story on the site before long — and threw a bullpen. He remains scheduled to start Sunday.

* Mitchell Boggs was optioned to Memphis in order to make room for Smoltz.

* Ryan Ludwick is not in the lineup, but TLR said it’s not health-related. Ludwick struck out three times against Tim Stauffer last week, so that is likely the explanation.

Tonight’s playlist is a San Diego special:
Steve Poltz, “Everything About You” (hi, Mrs. Dude!)
The Monroes, “What Do All the People Know”

Louis XIV, “Finding Out True Love Is Blind”
Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song”
P.O.D., “Boom”

-M.

Saturday tidbits: Garcia, Miller, Glaus, Wellemeyer, Ryan, Lugo

It’s bordering on a more typical hot St. Louis summer day today, but still pretty bearable. One note: I’ll be en route to California tomorrow, so I probably won’t blog or tweet too much (barring news), but of course I’ll be back in the saddle on Monday from Dodger Stadium.

As always, check out my updates on Twitter if you want more Cards stuff. Now on with the tidbits…

* Jaime Garcia continues to pitch well in his recovery from offseason elbow surgery. However, TLR said on Saturday that he does not expect to see Garcia in St. Louis in 2009.

“I think that’s a push,” he said. “If he gets to the end of the year healthy, that would be a major step forward. I think the most important thing is for him to end the year healthy. If he’s healthy, he’s a young guy, he’s got a lot of future.”

* I talked to John Mozeliak today regarding the negotiations with Shelby Miller, and among plenty of other things, he said this: “I would say there’s optimism on both sides.” I’ll have a story up on this topic either later tonight or tomorrow.

As for my personal assessment, I stand by what I’ve thought all along: it’s going to get done. It’ll be above-slot, but that’s been no secret since the minute they drafted him. But I’ll be absolutely shocked if it doesn’t get done.

* Troy Glaus re-began his rehab assignment at Memphis tonight, and he’s playing third base. If you’d like to follow along, here’s the link to GameDay at MiLB.com.

* Todd Wellemeyer planned to meet with Dr. Paletta tonight, and it’s possible that he may be cleared to begin throwing tomorrow.

* Julio Lugo got the start at SS tonight in place of Brendan Ryan. Per TLR, both will play tomorrow against LHP Clayton Richard. I specifically asked about whether there was any thought toward going with Ryan tonight behind Pineiro, and Lugo last night.

The response from the skipper: “Didn’t Wainwright get some groundballs yesterday? We’ve won games with Lugo playing.”

Tonight’s playlist:
Men at Work, “Overkill” (heard this on the radio today, what an amazing song)
Pearl Jam, “Release”
Crowded House, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
Stone Roses, “Daybreak”
Regina Spektor, “On the Radio”

-M.

Friday night tidbits: Rotation, Glaus, Garcia, Eckstein

We continue to get amazing weather this summer. First-pitch temp of 83, no clouds, nicest summer I can remember.

On with the tidbits…

* Chris Carpenter is officially scheduled to start on Monday in Los Angeles, with Mitchell Boggs getting the Tuesday game at Dodger Stadium. They’d both be on turn to pitch over the weekend in San Diego, but on the following homestand, it makes a difference.

If Carpenter starts Monday, then next Saturday 8/22, he could then go on Thursday, 8/27, at home against Houston — rather than in the following series against Washington.

* Troy Glaus is headed down to Memphis to begin a rehabilitation assignment over the weekend. He was not in the clubhouse today.

* Jaime Garcia had another fine outing at Class A Palm Beach today as he continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery. Garcia pitched 5 2/3 innings, his longest outing yet, with one hit, one run, five strikeouts and four walks. Overall, in five Minor League appearances, he’s pitched 16 2/3 innings with eight hits, three runs, 19 Ks, 5 walks and no homers allowed. So far, so good.

* David Eckstein spoke with reporters for a good while before today’s game. He said it’s always special to come back here, that he still loves playing in front of the fans here and cheers for his ex-teammates.

With that said, he also still holds some ill will regarding his departure, feeling that he was portrayed inaccurately and unfairly by the front office during negotiations.

* The Cardinals took BP quite a bit earlier than normal today, because there was a gymnastics exhibition on the field during the 6 o’clock hour. That meant everything got bumped up.

* TLR went back to the lineup with two lefties (Schumaker and Rasmus) at the top of the order today. He wasn’t asked specifically about it in the pregame, but it’s not that hard to figure out. San Diego only has one LH reliever, Joe Thatcher. And while Thatcher has been very effective against lefties this year, for his career he’s not a lefty-killer. So it’s less of a concern to have the two left-handed hitters back-to-back, as compared to a team with two or more effective LH relievers.

Today’s playlist:
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, “Seven-Mile Island”
Indigo Girls, “Center Stage”
Four Horsemen, “Tired Wings”
Modest Mouse, “Bury Me With It”
Mike Doughty: “Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well”

-M.

Not done yet, but…

Cards are expecting to put Mulder on the DL tomorrow before the game starts. Jaime Garcia is the likely player to be called up, and they believe it’s do-able in time for the early start tomorrow.

Really a shame for Mulder, who has been through so much. What everyone said — and I echo it — is that most of all it’s unfortunate for the guy himself. I wish him luck in trying to get right.

-M.

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