The Cardinals Spring Training Notebook 03/09

Albert Pujols survives a kick in the head from a runner at first, as he stayed in what was an ugly game even by Spring Training standards Sunday as Florida scored six runs in the fifth inning, due in large part because of consecutive errors by Chris Duncan, Albert Pujols and Skip Schumaker, to propel them to a 9-8 win over St. Louis.

Cardinals' starter Adam Wainwright suffered his second loss of the Grapefruit League season, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings for St. Louis. The bullpen, the Cardinals weak link last season, proved to be its strength Sunday with relievers Josh Kinney, Chris Perez, Charlie Manning and Jason Motte each pitching a shutout inning to keep the Cardinals in the game.

The Cardinals committed six errors on the field including two by Schumaker at second that included a throwing error to first that pulled Albert Pujols off the bag with the base runner kicking Pujols in the head as he ran through first base. Fortunately Pujols was fine and stayed in the game, but the second guessing of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa playing an outfielder at second, even a talented and hard core player like Schumaker, continues.

Down 9-0 in the fifth, the never-say-die Redbirds scored eight runs with Marlins reliever Zach Kroenke allowing seven of them on four walks and three hits without getting an out. The scoring for both teams came at an end after the fifth as the bullpens shutdown the opposition on both sides.

NOTES AND QUOTES

Cardinals reassigned 3B David Freese, RHP Hyang-nam Choi, RHP Justin Fiske, LHP Brad Furnish, RHP Shaun Garceau, RHP Trey Hearne, RHP Tyler Herron, LHP Katsuhiko Maekawa, LHP Ian Ostlund, RHP Francisco Samuel, C Tony Cruz, C Luis De La Cruz, C Steven Hill, C Justin Knoedler and 3B Brett Wallace to minor league camp.

David Freese was supposed to be the favorite to start at third base with Troy Glaus out, but a sore Achilles' tendon has prevented him for competing for the position this spring.

Sunday Troy Glaus took his first swings with the bat, about 20 off of a tee, since undergoing surgery on his right shoulder in January. Glaus continues his throwing program and is now up to a distance of about 90 feet. There is still no set date for his return, but any suggestions that he could be ready by opening day or even at some point in April, seems very optimistic. An early or May mid projection would seem more likely.

Monday the Cardinals have an off-day as minor league camp begins with pitchers and catchers scheduled to report with their first workout coming on Tuesday. Position players report Wednesday with their first workout the following day.

Kyle Lohse will take the mound and start against the Tigers as the Cardinals resume play on Tuesday.

Finally, I should have kept my mouth shut, Skip Schumaker's streak of reaching base safely in every game this spring, came to an end on Sunday, at eight games.

 

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