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The Cardinals announced today via their official Twitter feed (@CardsInsider) that the Braves have claimed Joe Mather off of waivers.
CHICAGO — The Cardinals made a pair of roster moves on Saturday, going to 13 pitchers for the time being.
The situation: Top of the ninth. Two outs, runner on first. Cardinals lead by two. Arthur Rhodes is pitching for the Reds. Colby Rasmus’ spot comes up in the batting order for the Cardinals.
After three days off and no blogging yesterday, I have a lot of tidbits for you. It’s a gorgeous, pretty much perfect day in northern Palm Beach county. We’ll see the mid-to-high 70s, some wind but not much, almost no clouds, just spectacular. Wish you were here.
It was a little cloudy here in Jupiter today, but the forecasters tell us the more typically warm temps will arrive tomorrow. Again, not that I’m complaining. What we’ve had the past couple days still feels very nice.
Lots of tidbits today, and for some of you the best news of all is that today’s tidbits are a McGwire-free zone. It was another gorgeous day down here, unusually cool for the area (below 50 in the morning, mid-60s in the afternoon) but clear. Supposed to be warming up as the weekend goes on.
* Both TLR (to the group of us) and Mozeliak (to me in a chat this afternoon) reiterated that the Cardinals are not in any hurry to add an infielder or anything else. They’re aware that Brendan Ryan’s injury is something that could create some complications, but there will be no overreaction.
Reports continue to swirl that the Cardinals are “pursuing” Felipe Lopez, but let’s be realistic here. It’s Feb. 18. If they were really pursuing him that hard, they’d likely have signed him. More probable is that they’re keeping the lines of communication open in case the fit suddenly becomes better.
Here’s TLR on the situation: “I think we’re doing the things to protect ourselves. I don’t think you go out there and trade for an everyday shortstop. We expect him to come back, and we cover until he comes back. I think that’s one of the things we’ve talked about, some protection, infield, outfield.”
Meanwhile, Mozeliak said that he expected any move the Cardinals made would likely take place late in camp. He also said he had no issues with Ryan waiting until next week to arrive.
“He’s coming on his report date,” Mozeliak said. “We didn’t feel like we needed to change flights or anything like that. there’s not a whole lot he could have done today, tomorrow, this weekend.”
* The turnout continues to be excellent. Colby Rasmus is now in camp. That means that it’s entirely possible that seven of the nine players in the Opening Day lineup are already here. If Ryan is out, I’d guess that Tyler Greene will start. So all of the following players are currently in camp and could start on April 5 in Cincinnati: Yadier Molina, Skip Schumaker, Greene, David Freese, Rasmus, Ryan Ludwick and either Adam Wainwright or Chris Carpenter.
* Among the pitchers and catchers, the only one not present is P.J. Walters, who is tending to the health of his newborn baby. I have not heard anything recently about how the child is doing, but I certainly wish the whole family well.
* La Russa said that every pitcher who is in camp is healthy and ready to go on the full, normal program.
* One interesting player this spring, and a guy I’ve liked for a long time, is Joe Mather. If Mather is healthy and effective, he’ll have every chance to make the team. He can play some third and first and both corner outfield spots. But he’s played some middle infield very early in his career, and TLR said Thursday that he considers Mather a viable center field option.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I think just about anywhere. This guy is a player.”
It’s a funny twist. A year ago, Mather’s best chance to make the team appeared to be moving from the outfield to third base. This year, his ability to play center, as a right-handed batter, might just be his ticket onto the roster.
* Pitchers and catchers underwent physicals and drug tests this morning, so they started their workout later than normal. Tomorrow’s workout should be closer to 9 a.m. ET.
Today’s playlist is all Nirvana because, well, I’m on a Nirvana kick:
“Heart Shaped Box”
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Some early news. I’ll flesh these out later, but wanted to get these bits up now…
* Kyle Lohse threw a lengthy bullpen today. He went about 40 pitches, sat down while Adam Wainwright threw his bullpen, then threw some more. He was pleased with his offspeed pitches and not pleased with his fastball command. He’ll throw a lighter pen on Thursday, followed by a simulated game on Saturday.
* Troy Glaus has begun hitting off of a pitching machine. He’s on a throwing program as well. John Mozeliak said that the level of optimism regarding Glaus’ return this year may be up a little bit but it’s essentially unchanged. Glaus is coming along but the timetable remains pretty open.
* Joe Mather had wrist surgery yesterday. Mozeliak didn’t have full details for us today; expects to tomorrow. And while he wasn’t comfortable projecting a timetable, it sounds like it was a pretty significant procedure. When he was asked if the surgery would be a season-ender for Mather, Mozeliak said he wasn’t sure but “would say the likelihood is yes.”
Lineup vs RHP Livan Hernandez:
1. Schumaker 2B
2. Duncan LF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Ludwick RF
5. Ankiel CF
6. Molina C
7. K.Greene 3B
8. Pineiro P
9. Ryan SS
* Chris Duncan is on the disabled list with what has alternately been called a bulging disc and a pinched nerve in his neck. Joe Mather has been recalled from Memphis and is present and available.
* Adam Wainwright threw off a mound today for the first time since his finger injury. He anticipates a quick path back to the active roster, possibly as soon as 2 1/2 weeks (ie, the series at Wrigley). Also, for the conspiracy theorists, he dismissively laughed at the notion of returning in relief.
* Chris Carpenter threw his normal between-starts bullpen today and even took batting practice.