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Trevor Rosenthal was sitting consistently at 97 mph and got a strikeout with his new slider during his Grapefruit League appearance on Monday versus the Nationals.

Rosenthal also mixed in his changeup and plans to incorporate a curveball this spring as the Cardinals stretch him out. It was a two-inning scoreless relief appearance for Rosenthal on Monday, but he could get an opportunity at some starts. Michael Wacha is the clear favorite to be the club's No. 5 starter, but Rosenthal's arm is intriguing enough to make things interesting if he gets a real opportunity.
Feb 27 - 7:07 PM

Mitch Harris (elbow) could make his Grapefruit League debut later this week.

Harris is working his way back from a "primary repair" on his pitching elbow, an operation he had last June. He missed all of 2016 and lost his 40-man roster spot, but the reliever will enter 2017 without limitations. Harris should begin the year at Triple-A Memphis.
Feb 27 - 5:51 PM

Jose Martinez crushed a pair of two-run homers Monday as a Cardinals split-squad beat the Red Sox 7-2.

The Cardinals like Martinez a lot, as evidenced by him surviving the team's 40-man roster crunch despite the absence of any real role on the major league club. The 28-year-old Martinez hit .278/.336/.421 in Triple-A last year and went 7-for-16 with just one strikeout after joining the Cardinals in September. Perhaps he could hit his way on to the roster like Jeremy Hazelbaker did last spring, but barring an injury, it's tough to see how he'd fit. As is, the Cardinals are looking at a bench of Jhonny Peralta/Jedd Gyorko (whoever isn't starting), Matt Adams, Eric Fryer, Greg Garcia and Tommy Pham.
Feb 27 - 5:22 PM

Michael Wacha allowed an unearned run over two innings Monday in his start against the Red Sox.

With Alex Reyes out of the mix, it's entirely up to Wacha whether he claims a rotation spot to begin the year. He gave up four hits and walked a batter today, but it didn't result in much damage.
Feb 27 - 5:17 PM

Luke Voit homered in the bottom of the eighth as a Cardinals split-squad took down the Nationals 5-4 on Monday.

Voit, a converted catcher, was a nice surprise for the Cardinals last year, hitting .297/.372/.477 in Double-A. He turned 26 earlier this month, so he's not really a prospect. Still, he's interesting depth. He should have been rooting for a Matt Adams trade to have any real chance of seeing the majors with the Cardinals this year.
Feb 27 - 4:29 PM

Lance Lynn allowed one run in two innings Monday against the Nationals.

The Cardinals talked earlier this month about going slow with Lynn and skipping him the first time through the rotation, but there he was pitching in the team's third game of the spring. Barring an unexpected setback in his rehab from Tommy John, he'll open the year in their rotation.
Feb 27 - 4:24 PM

Trevor Rosenthal pitched a pair of scoreless innings in relief Monday against the Nationals.

Rosenthal allowed a triple and walked a batter, but all six outs he got came on the ground. The Cardinals are stretching him out as a starter this spring, giving themselves an extra option in case the rotation isn't shaping up to their liking. He still figures to open up in a relief role.
Feb 27 - 4:22 PM

Kolten Wong (shoulder) is starting at second base and batting leadoff in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.

It will be the first live action of the spring for Wong, who's been slowed in Cardinals camp by some lingering right shoulder inflammation. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny insisted to reporters Sunday that the shoulder discomfort is not a big concern, but we'll continue to monitor the situation closely. Wong has dealt with shoulder problems before.
Feb 27 - 9:22 AM

Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-2 with an RBI as the Cardinals' No. 2 hitter in Sunday's 7-4 victory over the Marlins.

Diaz isn't only locked into a starting job, but he's expected to bat second in between Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter in the Cardinals' lineup. That'd seem to be a really good situation for him, especially given his new-found patience in the second-half of last season. He'll likely remain a useful mixed-league shortstop, though probably without the steals to rank among the elite.
Feb 26 - 5:29 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that Kolten Wong's right shoulder injury "got made into a bigger deal than it ought to."

The skipper added that Wong will make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday. "I heard that got made into a bigger deal than it ought to," said Matheny. "(Wong) wasn’t too happy this morning as to how it was interpreted because it was interpreted as we’re just being cautious. He’s going to be playing tomorrow. He’s doing just fine." Matheny can downplay the ailment all he wants, but the fact that Wong's shoulder is still sore five months after he was injured is a concern. It's something to keep an eye on this spring.
Feb 26 - 10:57 AM

Kolten Wong (shoulder) is hoping to be in the lineup Monday.

He's sat out the Cardinals' first two Grapefruit League contests due to lingering right shoulder inflammation which first surfaced at the end of last season. The team hasn't expressed much concern about their second baseman to this point, but it's obviously worrisome that the injury isn't healed yet.
Feb 26 - 9:30 AM

Jose Adolis Garcia won't be permitted to play in Grapefruit League games until he obtains a work visa.

Garcia arrived for his first workout at the Cardinals' spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida on Saturday. He can train with the team but won't see any game action until he gets his visa. The Cardinals are hoping the process will be completed by mid-March. Garcia spent five years playing professionally in Cuba before joining the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League last season. His minor league deal came with a $2.5 million signing bonus.
Feb 25 - 6:28 PM

Dexter Fowler walked twice, stole a base and scored twice in his debut with the Cardinals on Saturday.

He came to the plate twice but didn't get an official at-bat. He walked and scored both times. The center-fielder signed an $82.5 million contract with the Cardinals after winning the World Series with the Cubs last year. He ability to work a walk was a big reason why he had a stellar .393 on-base percentage last year, which was the highest of his career.
Feb 25 - 5:37 PM

Luke Weaver allowed one run in two innings while facing the Marlins on Saturday.

He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out one. Weaver may be the guy who benefits from Alex Reyes' season-ending arm surgery. He figures to be the fifth starter in the Cardinals' rotation to begin the season. He had a 5.70 ERA but struck out 45 batters in 36 1/3 frames in his first taste of the majors last year.
Feb 25 - 5:32 PM

Kolten Wong continues to deal with inflammation in his shoulder from the injury he sustained last season.

While he has been doing strengthening work, they still need to address inflammation in the joint. There's also a possibility that the injury will require surgery, though the club has said "not yet" when asked directly about it. This is certainly a situation worth monitoring this spring.
Feb 25 - 3:48 PM


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