Good Morning Cardinal Nation! Here’s what I have for you this morning:
FIRST OFFICIAL WORKOUT: Pitchers and catchers will hold their first official workout on Tuesday morning in Jupiter. Rob Rains writes about how there are fewer unknowns this Spring Training as compared to last year. Here is also Rains’ daily postcard from camp. Jaime Garcia is also set to take the mound today, and Lance Lynn lost a lot of weight. Lastly, here is Mike Matheny’s media session from Tuesday morning.
THOUGHTS ON CARPENTER: Chris Carpenter addressed the media for the first time on Monday since the announcement was made that he will not be pitching anytime in the foreseeable future. I think the word to describe Carp on Monday was very poignant. He admitted that he has barely responded to any of the tons of texts and calls that he has received because he himself has been trying to figure out how to deal with all of this. It’s a very delicate situation, and he’s trying to do what is best for the team. He doesn’t want to come down to Jupiter for fear that he will be a distraction to the team, and I understand that. He also touched on surgery, saying that if that’s what it came down to, he would not resort to surgery and would most likely retire, although he refuses to use the “R” word. Essentially, yesterday was just a confirmation to me of what we unfortunately already know: Carp’s career as not just a Cardinal, but as player in the Major Leagues is over. I would like to retain hope and optimism, but knowing that Carp is as big of a competitor as he is, it just does not sound as if he will be anywhere close anytime soon. For now, he said that he will be going to Spring Break with his kids and spending time with his family until he figures out what to do next.
THE RACE FOR NO. 5: Derrick Goold writes this morning about how the race has begun for the fifth starter spot. There is clearly no more talented fifth starter race in the Major Leagues. Usually this race consists of a couple of extremely mediocre pitchers, neither of whom the team or the fans are excited about. I think all fans would agree with me when I say that if we could figure out a way to put all three of them in the rotation, we would. All of Joe Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal, and Shelby Miller are young, talented pitchers who all showed their value in 2012. Unfortunately, the actual games don’t start for another couple of weeks or so, but I’m looking forward to going down to Jupiter soon and evaluating all three of them firsthand.