The Cardinals Spring Training Notebook

The Cardinals and the Phillies battled to a 2-2 tie in 10 innings, in Grapefruit League action on Friday. Rick Ankiel, with all the focus on who's playing at third or second, is putting together an impressive spring performance under the radar. His two run homer Friday prevented the Cardinals from suffering a loss at the hands of the World Champions.

CARDINALS 2, PHILLIES 2, (10 innings)

The Phillies Ryan Howard hit his sixth home run of the season, almost half as many as the entire Cardinals' team with 13 and Rick Ankiel responded with a two-run shot, his second home run of the spring and for the second time in two days.

With all the focus on who's playing at third or second, Ankiel has quietly put together a very impressive spring training performance. He's hitting a robust, .357 and leads the team with 20 hits and 30 total bases.

Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals potential opening day starter, was roughed up as he gave up eight hits and two runs in his five-plus inning start.


Rasmus batted in the ninth hole and went 1-for-4 on the day. Rasmus is hitting .231 with only a .310 OBP and .346 slugging percentage, it's hard to imagine that he'll make the club out of spring training.


Chris Carpenter has not allowed a run in his four starts and has a 14-game scoreless streak and Kyle Lohse has surrendered just two earned runs in his last three starts.


Reliever Chris Perez, who hasn't pitched since March the 11th because of discomfort in his right shoulder, played long tossed Friday morning and will likely continue on this rehab activity over the weekend. An MRI has revealed that there is no structural damage so at best he should be considered day-to-day. Considered the early front runner to step up and be the club's closer out of spring training, with only 16 days left before opening day, you can write Perez off for now. He'll likely start the season at Triple-A Memphis.

Lefthander specialist Dennys Reyes who is returning from the World Baseball Classic is expected to arrive in Jupiter Florida on Sunday.

Memphis Redbirds starter Mitchell Boggs, considered the Cardinals #6 man in the rotation, tossed three scoreless frames Friday in the Memphis Redbirds 3-1 win over the Buffao Bisons (Mets). Boggs scattering three hits and struck out two, in this three innings on the mound.

Sugar Shane Robinson cracked a two-run home run in the eighth inning that proved to be the game winner for the 'Birds. Robinson played in three games for the Cardinals in early Grapefruit League action, going 1-for-2 with a double to his credit. Personally, I would have like to see Robinson get a few more at-bats, but it was obvious that the outfield was already too crowded to prevent giving this minor league fan favorite some playing time.

In the "I hate to hear that news category", former St. Louis Cardinals prospect Mark Worrell, who was traded to San Diego in the Khalil Greene trade, will have season-ending elbow surgery.


The Cardinals will make their only trip to play the Nationals in Viera, Florida. Kyle Lohse is slated to start against Jordan Zimmermann. Also on the trip to pitch will be Kyle McClellan and the team's apparent closer, Jason Motte. The first pitch is at 12:05 p.m. CT.

The game will be broadcasted by KTRS the BIG 550 and some of the stations on the Cardinals radio network and can be picked up on MLB Gameday audio.


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