Good Morning Cardinal Nation. Here’s what I have for you this morning:
WHAT’S NEXT FOR ROTATION: Some of the Post-Dispatch columnists discuss what they think the Cardinals’ rotation will look like now since Chris Carpenter will be out for the 2013 season. Ken Rosenthal also posted a video as to his thoughts on the rotation. All these guys are saying the right things. It’s pretty clear that Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller, and Trevor Rosenthal all have the ability to pitch in the Major Leagues, it’s just that the three of them combined don’t even come close to the Major League experience that will be voided with Carp’s absence. You have to think of the three, Kelly has the biggest shot of making the rotation seeing that he was there for the majority of the season in 2012, going 5-7 with a 3.53 ERA. You can never have too much pitching, and that is in some ways what the Cardinals have. Particularly with doubts of Lance Lynn having as strong a season and Jaime Garcia being able to stay healthy, you would have to expect that all three will be making at least a couple of starts in 2013.
JOSH HANCOCK: The Cardinals have issued #32 to a player (C Rob Johnson) for the first time since Josh Hancock tragically died in an automobile accident in 2007. Derrick Goold reviews all of the other uniform number changes as well. I gotta tell ya, I’m a bad baseball fan in that I can’t remember paying attention to any uniform numbers since I was a kid. I don’t know why, it has just never seemed that important to me. I totally get the idea of retiring numbers and honoring players, but I sincerely feel that people make too much about what numbers people wear. Does it really matter?
CARPENTER LINKS: Yadier Molina spoke on Wednesday about catching Chris Carpenter made his job much easier. There is also a study from Washington University that came out that says Carpenter’s rib surgery is much more successful when performed on younger athletes. That’s a little bit of what Will Carroll was talking about with me yesterday. It’s not that coming back from the surgery is uncommon, but when you add it onto all of the other injuries that Carp sustained over the past decade or so, it just makes it all that much more difficult.