Non-roster invitee Ramon Nivar's injury turned out to be more serious than expected when he agreed to terms. Once the Cardinals (and Nivar) learned that he would be out for the season, his contract was terminated.
Horton in uniform
About , I saw a uniformed player ask minor league infielder Dan Nelson, who was around the batting cages, to play catch. Turned out it was ex-Cardinals hurler and current broadcaster Rick Horton. Horton cracked to me that all he can handle is 45 feet. He later donned street clothes and watched the game from the press box.
Just after the Dodgers game Thursday, it began to rain in the area. It was so bad that a rare Thursday night game between the Marlins and Mets at Roger Dean was rained out.
Because of the above rainout, the
Mets' Jose Lima missed his start, so he faced the
Checking the pants
I learned from Manager of Baseball Operations John Vuch that in the minors workouts and games, the pitchers wear white pants while the fielders don gray. This is to better distinguish who is who.
Willie the robber?
Mets Manager Willie Randolph was watching the minor league contests when it came time to move over to the main fields. He eyed a Cardinals golf cart nearby before Cardinals Minor League Pitching Coordinator Mark Riggins chauffeured him in.
I spoke with outfielder Cody Haerther, who said he tweaked his hamstring the other day, but expects to be
On to the game
Spivey with the glove
Leading off the game, speedy Jose Reyes legged out an infield single as Junior Spivey didn't seem to be aggressive
enough. A passed ball put him on second. A walk, then a bunt single by Carlos Beltran led to a collision by Carp and Spiezio, as the latter slid into the
former's leg. Fortunately, neither were hurt. Carlos Delgado took ball four to
force in a run. David Wright took a called strike three before Xavier Nady
ground into an easy
Two extra-base hits in the second
Leading off the second,
Ho-hum. Albert homers again.
Pujols torpedoed a Tom Glavine 1-0 pitch with two out in the second, far over the fence in left center. It was his second home run of the spring.
Good start, bad end
Carp done in
Reyes doubled off the wall in the
fifth for the fourth hit off Carpenter. Carp followed with an error on a failed
pickoff play that put Reyes on third with one out. After earning the second out,
Carp was pulled after 4-2/3 innings. He fanned five and allowed just one run
before Ricardo Rincon hit a batter and gave up a long ground-rule double by
David Wright. Xavier Nady hit a similar shot, but
Lefties deal unlucky six
After allowing Carp's second run
to score, Rincon loaded the bases with one out in the sixth. Paul Lo Duca's
double cleared the bases. Three more runs scored before the inning concluded
with Randy Flores on the mound. Rincon was charged with four and
Cruz leaves with injury
In the bottom of the seventh,
Deivi Cruz was hit on the left ankle by a pitch and was taken out, apparently as
a precaution. He was relieved at shortstop by Aaron Miles, who had come over
More pen trouble
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