Cards extended spring training news: 05/06/12

Brian Walton's weekend report from St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida.

Sunday is the only day of rest in St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp in Jupiter, Fla. However, there is plenty of news to report from the previous days. So, here we go!

Of the 20 players on the rehab list, there is only one name noted among the infielders and catchers – Danny Stienstra. The 23-year-old has a large bandage on his right hand following surgery conducted at the start of this week to repair a torn ligament in his thumb.

The injury is not a recent one as it goes back to last season. Stienstra told me that his arm had bent back awkwardly when he attempted a diving catch. Rehab was tried, but Stienstra still felt it this spring. He explains the ligament was "completely torn." Though he hasn't been given his recovery plan yet, he seems prepared to have lost the 2012 season.

Springfield reliever Ramon Delgado's promising career trajectory flattened when the 25-year-old needed Tommy John surgery last year. Based on the calendar, I had expected the right-hander back by now. It turns out Delgado had been dealing with a "forearm flareup." Delgado was scheduled to throw a bullpen Saturday and get into live EST games next week if he continues without setback.

Another rehabbing pitcher anxious to get out of Dodge is Deryk Hooker. The 22-year-old suffered a left elbow fracture (his non-throwing arm) last month. The organization wants to ensure Hooker is fully recovered rather than risk more serious injury in case he falls on the arm, for example. Hooker says his right, throwing arm is "100 percent."

Palm Beach right-hander Seth Blair, out with a middle finger injury, could miss another month. Drew Benes and Chris Corrigan have been starting in place of Blair and Kevin Siegrist (the latter activated Sunday) for the A-Advanced Cardinals.

Right-hander Ramon Ulacio, looking to advance after a solid 2011 in the Gulf Coast League (2.93 ERA in 12 starts), is pitching in game action after coming back from an elbow injury.

The White team played in Port St. Lucie on Friday, so I did not see them that day. I was told that outfielder Charlie Tilson had four hits in that game, continuing a nice camp.

Here is the White lineup from Saturday.

Oliver Marmol Manager
Mateo DH
Peoples-Walls DH
Capellan RF
Argenal 1B
Deol LF
Medina 3B
Perez 2B
Gomez C 
Barbuena SS
Acevedo CF
De Los Santos P

Impromptu coaching session between innings
Two Mets runners scored on wild pitches/passed balls as pitcher Dyllon Nuernberg and catcher Jose Gomez had trouble getting in sync. Later, Gomez also seemed slow to react to a swinging bunt and/or first baseman Jem Argenal was slow to get back to the bag. Bob Revesz was the pitcher that inning.

After the third out was secured, Revesz made a bee-line to pitching coach Doug White (see foreground in photo), while manager Oliver Marmol intercepted Gomez and Argenal (in the background). An immediate teaching opportunity was presented and taken advantage of.

Revesz did his part, fanning the side in the next inning.

I wrote extensively about Mitch Harris' Saturday outing here.

Here are the Red lineups from Friday and Saturday. These are generally the older, more experienced players in camp.

Friday Red Saturday
Manager Steve Turco
B Valera SS B Valera 2B
Vargas 2B C Valera SS
Rasmus C Patton 3B
Keener DH Castillo DH
Castillo RF Byrd C
Byrd DH Martin DH
Martin 3B Washington 1B
Bergin 1B Apelian LF
Bryant LF Dodd RF
Ramos CF Ramos CF
B Freeman P Bibona P
Canache Miller
Rein Almarante

On Friday, the Red game was 1-0 with Anthony Bryant, who doubled and stole third, scoring the only run. It was driven in by Breyvic Valera. Ildemaro Vargas made a superb running catch in short left field with his back facing the infield. I saw only a bit of the Saturday game on the Marlins side of the complex as starter Daniel Bibona gave up two runs, though look for my upcoming conversation with Barry Weinberg, which occurred during that contest.

A few notes on velocities from the Palm Beach games. Saturday's starter Drew Benes threw 88-90 mph. That was about a mile an hour more than Friday's starter, Anthony Ferrara.

Zack Russell, moved to relief this year, hit 96 on the Jupiter gun and threw 95 consistently both Thursday afternoon and Saturday night. That seemed to interest several scouts in the stands. Contrast that with his 78 mph off-speed offering. The results did not match, however, as Russell gave up three runs in his inning of work Saturday.

Full rosters, more news, interviews, photos and much more from my Jupiter, Florida trip will be coming over the upcoming days.

Link to related earlier article:
Cards extended spring training news: 05/04/12

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