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.
“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.”
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.
> 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.
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.
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.
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.