ST LINKS: WAINWRIGHT, INJURIES, BUNTING, SCUTARO & FORMER CHAMPS

Just some links to get you caught up on the last couple days of Cards camp.  Check back later tonight for any updates.

>> John Mozeliak spoke to Jon Heyman on the Adam Wainwright situation:

“At that point, it’s probably going to free agency.  But our hope is to get something done before opening day.”

Wainwright said, “I’d love to stay, but things have got to work out.”

> Right now, the Cardinals have two major injury concerns: Rafael Furcal and Jaime Garcia.  Both downplayed the severity of their ailments yesterday.

Furcal says that his throwing arm bicep acts up a bit when he throws, but the elbow he opted to rehab instead of surgically repair feels great.

Garcia, whom the team stopped from pitching in the World Baseball Classic, tampered his enthusiasm about his health but did say he felt good and on schedule.

> As previously mentioned, Mike Matheny is going to emphasize bunting this spring.

That’s not in and of itself a bad thing since the Cardinals sucked at it last season, but it does raise an obvious concern given that Matheny is known to over-bunt.  And sure enough, he shows no signs of slowing down this year.

> Top pitching prospect Carlos Martinez still hasn’t showed up to camp because of visa issues.

> Jim Edmonds says he’d like to own the Cardinals someday.  He of course would have to partner with much wealthier people than himself, a la Magic Johnson.

> Not long after he took him out with a much-publicized less-than-clean slide in the NLCS, Matt Holliday tried to get Marco Scutaro to come to the Cardinals.

Of course, Scutaro ended up declining and re-upping with the Giants, and that’s probably not a bad thing since the Cards offered the 37 year-old a ludicrous two-year, $18 million deal.

> Scutaro returned to San Francisco, but Ryan Theriot apparently won’t because he wants a starting job somewhere.

Sounds like a big demand from a replacement-level guy, but you’ll recall that when he was playing shortstop in 2011 the Cardinals were in first place and fell out of first place when he wasn’t.  I know that.  It is what it is.

> When Lance Berkman got $10 million from the Rangers this year, it raised a lot of eyebrows since news like this seemed pretty likely for the 37 year-old.

Berkman says the right knee that gave him trouble while with the Cardinals last year is at about 80%; whatever that means.

Texas is worried that Berkman might not be ready for Opening day, and manager Ron Washington says Berkman may even see time in the minors.

> The Cards’ new single-A affiliate Peoria Chiefs are in financial trouble.

> Make sure you hang on to the link for the spring training roster tracker so you can follow cuts and positional standings when games commence on Saturday.

Almost there…

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