Good Morning Cardinal Nation. Here’s what I have for you this morning:
GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE NEWS: Trevor Rosenthal will start the first Grapefruit League game of the season on Saturday. He will be followed by Michael Wacha. Each will be scheduled to throw around two innings and 40 pitches. Also out of Jupiter today, Shelby Miller is feeling some tightness in his shoulder and will be shut down for a couple of days. From Jenifer Langosch’s blog:
Miller alerted the training staff that he was feeling some soreness in his right shoulder after throwing from the mound on Monday. Matheny said there is no indication that the issue is serious, but the Cardinals intend to tread carefully.
“We’re going to give him a day to grab him time in the training room and work on that,” Matheny said. “We’re not too concerned. We’re just going to give him a little more time. It’s more preventative right now.”
I don’t look at this as too serious. It’s pretty common for pitchers to have shoulder soreness during Spring Training when they haven’t faced real competitive hitters in a long time. Hopefully this is just a minor issue and Miller will get back to playing in just a couple of days.
CARDS NOT AVERSE TO TAKING CHANCES: The Cardinals are used to going into seasons with a lot of adversity on their hands. Two years ago, it was revealed that Adam Wainwright would need Tommy John surgery and would miss the 2011 season. Chris Carpenter and Lance Berkman both missed the bulk of 2012. Chris Carpenter again will miss the 2013 season. The Cards have had to deal with a great number of major injuries over the last couple of years, but they have proved time and time again that they refuse to die (or as Joe Buck might say, “They just won’t go away.”). 2013 will not be any different. In a season without Carp and with players like Jaime Garcia and Rafael Furcal, the injury bug is again something this team will have to face. But as Joe Strauss writes this morning, they have the capability to fight it.
FURCAL HURTING: Along the same theme, Rafael Furcal will miss the first few games of Spring Training, the Post-Dispatch reports. From the article:
“I prefer to miss 10 or 15 games here in spring and not miss the first game of the season or more when it’s time to start,” Furcal said after the Cardinals’ workouts Tuesday at the club’s Roger Dean Stadium complex. “I want to play. But I have to be smart.”
Under that reasoning, it makes a lot of sense. Then again, what was he doing all offseason? I know Furcal is a hard worker, but he had all offseason to recover from his injuries. Why, on Feb. 20, are we supposed to believe that he’s not ready yet, but he will be for Opening Day? It sounds a little weird to me, but I’ll remain optimistic until I hear anything definite.
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