Cardinals Audio Interview: OF/IF Joe Mather

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Joe Mather discusses his rehab from a broken bone in his hand, playing third base and much more in this exclusive audio interview.

On Thursday before he left for St. Louis and the Winter Warm-up, I spoke on the phone with St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Joe Mather from his warm Arizona home. My primary intent was to find about progress in his rehab from September hamate bone surgery and check on his plans heading into 2009 spring training.

Recent comments from the Cards' general manager and field manager about the 26-year-old playing third base in camp, along with first base and the outfield, were very encouraging to me. I wanted to learn if Mather was aware of these plans and how that could impact his making the team. We also touched on how that might affect the roster status of his friend Colby Rasmus. (More on my opinions about that here: link.)

Among the other topics we discussed are how and when the right-handed hitter was injured, why his hamate problem won't be coming back and his workout plans in the off-season. (As an aside, it had to be such an odd day on September 1. Mather started the game in front of family and friends in Arizona, hit a home run off Randy Johnson, but then suffered the season-ending injury, all in the same game.)

We discuss Mather's December trip back to his old high school, Phoenix's Mountain Pointe, that included a metal-bat home run hitting contest and a path there named in his honor. (His Dad still coaches at the school.) We then touched on Mather's plans to attend Winter Warm-up in St. Louis and more!


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