INJURY REPORT: Matt Adams said that he still won’t participate in workouts today, but his swollen left knee is significantly better today…Neither Allen Craig nor Rafael Furcal is scheduled to travel with the team the next couple of days when the Cardinals travel to Fort Myers and Port St. Lucie…While Rafael Furcal is out, it should be noted that Ronny Cedeno is getting a number of opportunities to prove himself, as Derrick Goold writes this morning.
STALLING WAINWRIGHT? Joe Strauss wonders this morning if the Cardinals are stalling Adam Wainwright as they continue to negotiate a possible extension to his contract. The thing is, I don’t really blame them. At the end of the day, it’s an extremely valid argument to say that Wainwright is another injury waiting to happen, as that has been the general path of his career. He’s 32 years old, and he’s not getting any younger. I would love to see them get this deal done, but how can the Cardinals justify dishing out six years and $100 million to a guy whose already in his 30s and has a history of injuries. I know the marketplace is making that only tougher with guys like Zack Greinke, Felix Hernandez, and Matt Cain, but Waino simply isn’t in that class of pitchers. If the Cardinals want to wait and see what kind of numbers he’ll put in 2013, it’s hard to argue that that’s the wrong the move.
NL CENTRAL QUESTIONS: Rob Rains takes a look this morning at some of the other questions facing NL Central teams this Spring. Also from the article is a few sentences on the locations of teams dispersed throughout the Grapefruit League, which continues to be truly unsustainable:
There are increasing rumblings that some of the teams in Florida will soon be on the move to new spring training homes. The Nationals want to get out of Viera and move to Ft. Myers, and the Astros are looking to partner with another team and build a two-team complex on the state’s East Coast, which would be great news for the Cardinals. That partner could be the Mets, with the complex to be built in Port St. Lucie, or it could be the Toronto Blue Jays and be built closer to West Palm Beach
John Mozeliak said a couple of weeks ago that at this point, there are no plans to move out of Jupiter and that the organization is very happy with the fans and the culture they have created there. Having said that, he did acknowledge that it gets a little tiring to keep playing the same couple of teams, mainly the Marlins and the Mets.
It should also be noted that in the Astros’ lineup today will be Tyler Greene, Rick Ankiel, and Brett Wallace. Adam Wainwright will start and will be followed on the mound by Seth Maness, Mitchell Boggs, Kevin Siegrist, Jason Motte, Barret Browning, and Keith Butler.