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Monday tidbits: Miller, Smoltz, Speier, Rasmus, Hawksworth

By Matthew Leach

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Greetings from Dodger Stadium, which remains one of my favorite places in baseball. It’s a spectacular night out here, clear and a little bit cool.

* Shelby Miller, of course, agreed to terms with the Cardinals today. Jeff Luhnow said there’s a chance he may pitch a few innings with one of the team’s affiliates before the season is out. He’ll be in St. Louis next week, where he’ll throw a bullpen, and they’ll go from there.

* John Smoltz was released by the Red Sox today, and he’s definitely on the Cardinals’ radar. TLR expressed interest in him once again today, and Dave Duncan acknowledged he was an intriguing guy as well — with the caveat that there’s some question about how resilient his arm would be.

Still, quite a few teams are interested in Smoltz, and some likely would be interested in him as a starter. He’s a free agent and can go where he wants — and it’s my understanding that his top two priorities are starting and winning.

* Duncan, however, expressed little enthusiasm for Justin Speier.

* Colby Rasmus is not in tonight’s lineup tonight for a familiar reason. TLR doesn’t like to take a guy who’s just starting to get hot and put him in a situation where he’s likely to get cooled off — a situation like facing a knuckleballer.

* Elsewhere in the lineup, the skipper is basically deciding the No. 2 spot based on the other team’s bullpen. If it’s a team like the Dodgers, with Hong-Chih Kuo and George Sherrill in the bullpen, he’ll split up the two lefties in the order. If it’s a team like the Padres, without a particularly strong lefty presence in the bullpen, he’ll put the two lefties 1-2.

* TLR was asked about giving Blake Hawksworth a start. His response: “We need him in the bullpen more than we need him as a starter. … It would be nice to do that, but that would really make us vulnerable in the bullpen.”

* Dodgers great Don Newcombe dropped by the Cards clubhouse today.

Today’s playlist is all Depeche Mode after last night’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl (and all stuff they played at that show):
“Walking In My Shoes”
“Enjoy the Silence”
“Never Let Me Down Again”


Miller, Cards agree

By Matthew Leach

The Cardinals have agreed to terms with first-round Draft pick Shelby Miller, approximately seven hours before the deadline for 2009 picks to agree with clubs. A club official confirmed the signing, which is expected to be announced at 4:30 p.m. CT.

Miller was the 19th overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, will receive a bonus of $2.875 million, according to multiple Major League sources. That is approximately twice Major League Baseball’s recommendation for the slot. Miller was rated as one of the top high-school pitchers in this year’s Draft, and some analysts had him as the finest prep arm available. He had a commitment to attend Texas A&M, but made no secret that he preferred to play professional baseball.

The hard-throwing Texan is listed at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He has a fastball that has been clocked as high as 98 mph, and he also throws a curveball, with a relatively underdeveloped changeup. He was the first high school pitcher selected by the Cardinals in the first round since Brian Barber, whom they took with the 22nd overall pick in 1991.

Miller is the second high-bonus player to sign with the Cardinals this summer, joining Dominican outfielder Wagner Mateo, who received a reported $3.1 million.

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

* 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”


Belated Thursday tidbits: Lohse, Miller, DeRosa

* Kyle Lohse started for Double-A Springfield tonight, lasting 4 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs on three hits (one of them a bunt single), struck out three and walked four. He started out somewhat shaky, allowing a homer and two walks in the first inning, cruised through the second, third and fourth innings and faded somewhat in his final frame. Lohse threw 79 pitches, at the upper end of his 60-80 pitch count, 44 for strikes.

He’ll probably pitch again in the Minors on Tuesday, which would put him on track to pitch one game of the doubleheader on July 12 that ends the first half of the season for the Cardinals.

* John Mozeliak spoke with us scribes today regarding Wagner Mateo and several other topics. One thing that came up was Shelby Miller, and Mozeliak said that it’s likely to be an “11th-hour” situation. He did say two things in particular about Miller in relation to Mateo, also.

One, he reiterated that the dollars given to Mateo should not have any effect on what the team can spend on Miller. Two, he also said that it wasn’t as though the club was devoting all of its time and efforts to Mateo at the expense of negotiating with Miller. It just seems to be a slow process with Miller. And that makes some sense, because typically when players sign for above slot (as Miller is very likely to do, assuming he signs), it tends to happen very late in the signing period. The deadline is Aug. 17.

* The Cards do not expect Mark DeRosa to be available to start until at least Tuesday, after the off day on Monday. However, TLR said that he would be willing to use DeRosa as a pinch-runner or conceivably even a defensive replacement in the interim.

“We’re going to look at him hopefully for Tuesday,” La Russa said. “I think that’s the earliest. If he’s not ready Tuesday, he’s not ready Tuesday. But I don’t think it will be this weekend.”

As for using him as a pinch-runner or defensive player, the manager said, “We’re short. I’ll take him however we can get him.”

Today’s playlist, one final round of Bay Area music:
Timex Social Club, “Rumors”
Digital Underground, “Doowutchyalike”
MC Hammer, “U Can’t Touch This”
Tony! Toni! Ton!, “If I Had No Loot”
En Vogue, “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”


Tuesday tidbits, part 2

Some more tidbits as we sit through a rain delay…

See my earlier tidbits post for updates on Kyle Lohse, Joe Mather and Troy Glaus.

* Khalil Greene is in the lineup despite a 3-for-20 career line against Livan Hernandez. Asked TLR about it, given that he sometimes sits a hot hitter against a pitcher who’s been tough on him, in order to avoid cooling the hitter off. Here’s the response:

“I actually talked to Hal about it. We feel like he’s swinging well enough to where we should keep him in the lineup. Right-handers are having some success against him.”

* Colby Rasmus is out tonight, and I notice that one commenter on the lineup is already angry. However, Rasmus is 0-for-11 with 4 Ks and no walks in the last three games, so it’s understandable to want to give the guy a night off. TLR again:

“I think he’s chasing pitches. That’s one of the things he was doing well, getting the ball in the strike zone.”

* Minor League left-hander Dail Villanueva tested positive for “metabolites of Nandrolone” and has been suspended for 50 games. Villanueva pitches for the Cardinals’ Venezuelan Summer League team.

* John Mozeliak on negotiations with Shelby Miller: “Slow process.”

Today’s playlist, all of which came up while I had the iPod on shuffle as I rode the 7 train out here to Flushing today:

Kings of Leon, “Notion”
Jen Trynin, “Washington Hotel”
Erasure, “It Doesn’t Have to Be”
Letters to Cleo, “Awake”
Arcadia, “Election Day”