CARDS LOSE TO NATS: The Cardinals lost to the Washington Nationals on Saturday by a score of 6-2. Adam Wainwright struggled, giving up eight hits and four earned runs over three innings. He had one strikeout. On the bright side, Shelby Miller gave up one hit in his outing, a solo home run to Ian Desmond. Oscar Taveras, who replaced Carlos Beltran in the lineup, went 2-for-3 and is now hitting .318 this spring. Ronny Cedeno made two errors at shortstop. The Cardinals and Nationals play again today, where Jaime Garcia will make his second start of the spring.
INJURY REPORT: Beltran was scratched from the lineup because of a sore toe on his right foot, where he was hit during Thursday’s game. Mike Matheny was also back in the dugout after sustaining food poisoning. Buster Olney also writes this morning about Rafael Furcal, who does not seem to improving. From his article:
The Cardinals have a really good team, again, but they have necessarily have great safety nets in place — or, for that matter, a very good first option, given Furcal’s physical issues. They do have a lot of depth in their farm system, which puts St. Louis in a great position to pursue a shortstop during the season, whether it be someone like Asdrubal Cabrera or Elvis Andrus or a Starlin Castro, if they become available. (To be clear, that’s all speculation at this point.)
He also wrote about Kyle Lohse:
The Rangers’ rotation doesn’t have as much depth as they had hoped to have, andAlexi Ogando has not looked good in camp. But remember, the Rangers passed on all the free agents attached to draft-pick compensation, from Nick Swisher to Michael Bourn, and if they sign Lohse, they’ll lose their first-round pick — a sacrifice which would be mitigated by the fact that they get an extra pick due to the departure of Josh Hamilton.
But it’s hard to imagine the Rangers surrendering their pick for Lohse unless the deal they make with the pitcher is very team-friendly — for more than one year, to justify the sacrifice of the pick, but for less than four years for a 34-year-old pitcher, at a relatively modest salary.
It’s worth repeating, time and again: Lohse is really in a terrible spot.
FREESE WANTS TO BECOME LEADER: Joe Strauss writes this morning about David Freese wants to take a leadership role in the clubhouse, particularly after Chris Carpenter won’t be available to pitch for the 2013 season.