Spring Training Notebook - The Roster Report

From the St. Louis Cardinals spring training complex at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter Florida, here is my weekly comments and observations of the St. Louis Cardinals and a rundown on their player roster.

The Weekly Spring Training Roster Report


March 16, 2007




#29 Chris Carpenter, staff ace, you can expect another Cy Young Award run 


#71 Troy Cate, was reassigned to the minors, hit hard in his first Triple-A spring training game

#79 Andy Cavazos, any injuries could open door for him in St. Louis


#79 Dennis Dove, Dave Duncan very impressed with Dove's Thursday outing when he struck out two of the three batters he faced


#40 Brian Falkenborg, only pitched 1/3 third of an inning this past week, gave up a hit, will likely be reassigned to Memphis soon,

#34 Randy Flores, has one of the two bullpen slots sewed up

#31 Ryan Franklin, in spite of picking up the win against Atlanta on 03/12, his only chance of making the club is as a member of the bullpen, Franklin prefers to start


#32 Josh Hancock, he'll be in the bullpen, his ERA this spring after six innings of relief is 3.00, basically about what you expect


#77 Blake Hawksworth, this is the kid I hear the Scouts talking about at lunch, so if someone calls Walt to offer an outfielder, they are probably going to want Hawksworth

#44 Jason Isringhausen, he's back, not 100% just yet, but close enough to be the club's closer on opening day


#78 Kelvin Jimenez, survived the first two cuts from camp, in seven innings pitched this spring (including FAU game) he's given up two hits and no earned runs, striking out seven batters


#61 Tyler Johnson, pitching woes continue, on Wednesday he threw two wild pitches, walked two to include the opposing pitcher and he nearly threw away a double-play as I've been reporting for a couple of weeks, he's not likely to make the club out of spring training,


#54 Randy Keisler, the club is high this left hander, if La Russa goes with three lefties, it will be Keisler instead of Tyler Johnson


#52 Josh Kinney, (INJURED) had successful Tommy John Surgery this past week, will be out for the season, rehab to begin in about two weeks

#64 Chris Lambert, – reassigned to Minor League Camp last week


#41 Braden Looper, the fifth's starters job is his, he was hit by a wild throw this week in the shins, but will be ready for his start Saturday against John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves


#30 Mark Mulder, (INJURED) - rotator cuff surgery, out until June or July, although Mulder thinks he could be back by as early as May.  Depending on his rehab progress, Mulder will begin the season on the 15 or 60 day DL


#60 Chris Narveson, appeared in only one game this past week, gave up a hit and walked two batters in one inning of relief, he's out of options, so he'll have to pass through waivers, it will be interesting to see how this all works out, will start the season at Triple-A Memphis if he's with St. Louis

#65 Mike Parisi, reassigned to the Minor League Camp last week, effective in his first Triple-A game appearance, with three solid innings of relief, allowing one run on only one hit and striking out two batters


#23 Anthony Reyes, very sharp in this third start Wednesday, 4.1 IP, gave up just one hit and struck out two batters

#73 Ricardo Rincon, suffered the loss against the Twins on Tuesday, but he's one of the two lefties in the bullpen, in five appearances, he's 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA


#66 Mike Sillman, reassigned to the minors on 03/05, it's possible he could start the season at Memphis, but Double-A Springfield seems more likely


#63 Russ Springer, made his first spring training game appearance in Friday's game against the Dodgers with mixed results, but he's a step closer to being ready when the regular season starts,

#48 Brad Thompson, stopped off in spring training camp on his way to Memphis, that has changed now, Thompson will be with the club in some capacity when they break camp

#50 Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals expect to get 180+ innings out of Wainwright this season as the club's #3 starter


#21 Kip Wells, is the Cardinals #2 guy without reservations and should put together a very solid season for St. Louis, probably a career best 


#67 Mark Worrell, reassigned to minor league camp on 03/05, pitched a hitless inning in relief for Memphis on Friday






#87 Bryan Anderson, reassigned to the Minor League Camp on 03/05

#28 Gary Bennett, he's the backup catcher, nobody in camp is putting the pressure on him for his job as far as I can see


#82 Ryan Christenson, reassigned to the Minor League Camp on 03/05

#84 Brian Esposito, survived the first two rounds cuts, probably won't survive the third



#74 Michael Hernandez, reassigned to the Minor League Camp on 03/05, didn't get a chance to play in a game for St. Louis before being cut, he'll be at Memphis when the season starts

#35 Eli Marrero, spent a lot of time catching the first two weeks, he only had four at-bats this past week, plus a walk, he failed to get a hit, his window of opportunity is closing fast


#4 Yadier Molina, the best defensive catcher in baseball period

#83 Danilo Sanchezreassigned to the Minor League Camp



#70 Tagg Bozied, making the most of his opportunity, has played in every game, is hitting .323, he can play first and third and the corner outfield positions, a candidate for the bench if Spiezio gets hurt


#19 Jolbert Cabrera, playing much better on defense of late, still not hitting at all, they are considering trying him in the outfield, but the guy has to start hitting if he is going to stick at any position

#22 David Eckstein, is back playing after a problem with a strained muscle in his left side, don't expect him to play everyday,


#68 Edgar Gonzalez, survived the first two rounds of cuts with Eckstein and Kennedy injured, Gonzalez will likely be reassigned to the minors soon

#76 Travis Hanson, reassigned to the minor league camp on 03/12, the third baseman is off to a hot start at Triple-A, he led the Memphis Redbirds to a win Thursday with a hit and a two-run home run, he's now 4-for-8 with four RBI in Memphis' first two spring games


#7   Adam Kennedy, is back in the lineup, he should be 100% by the time the season starts, together with Eckstein it looks like they have played together their entire lives


#12 Aaron Miles, has been very busy with Eckstein and Kennedy nursing injuries, will see his playing time reduced over the next two weeks, his job on the bench is secure

#5 Albert Pujols, the great one, 1-for-10 in his last 10 at-bats, hitting .265 this spring, has scored only once, he's still looking for his first home run, he has four doubles to his credit


#27 Scott Rolen, hit his first home run this week, only his second extra-base hit this spring, not unusual for Rolen in spring training


#75 Brendan Ryan, played very well just before being reassigned to the minors, he'll be back someday


#26 Scott Spiezio, one of the most valuable reserve players in all of baseball as far as I'm concern, he started in right field in Friday's game and don't be surprise to see him there on opening day.



#49 Rick Ankiel, will start the season in the minors, personally I would send him to Double-A Springfield, but we'll have to wait and see what the Cardinals are going to do with him


#16 Chris Duncan, making significant progress with his defense in left, I know you'll have to see it to believe it, but the wind and the sun has been very tough over the past two weeks and Duncan has played the position very well


#15 Jim Edmonds, (INJURED) offseason shoulder and foot surgery, will start the season on the DL


 #43 Juan Encarnacion(INJURED)offseason wrist surgery, it's becoming clear that he won't be ready to start the season on opening day


#86 Cody Haerther, reassigned to the minor league camp on 03/12


#63 Ryan Ludwick, making the most of his limited playing time, nursing a sore knee, but is able to play


#88 Miguel Negron, played in every game so far, hitting .130, go figure

#84 Colby Rasmus, reassigned to minor league camp 03/12, working out with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals, I'm assuming that is where he'll start the season

#53 John Rodriguez, came to camp in the best shape of his career, has a new attitude and is playing MUCH better than his peers, should make the club, or I'll carry a picket sign on opening day protesting, if these positions are open to competition, J-Rod is leading by six lengths

#55 Skip Schumaker, nursing a sprained ankle is expected to return to the lineup this weekend

#99 So Taguchi – we know he can play defense, but he just isn't hitting, he could be out of a job by the time it's all over.


#3 Preston Wilson  - is off to a very slow start offensively and defensively, he'll tell you he always has a bad spring training, I'm not sure how comforting that is to the fans


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