The Cardinals Spring Training Notebook

St. Louis Cardinals starters; Ryan Ludwick, Khalil Greene and Yadier Molina each had two hits and an RBI, in Sunday's contest against the Baltimore Orioles, but it was a couple of minor leaguers who delivered the knockout punch, when Jon Jay singled in the ninth driving in Shane Robinson for the winning run, as the Cardinals beat the Orioles 5-4 in Grapefruit League action.

Cardinals' starter Todd Wellemeyer pitched five complete innings, giving up three runs on six hits, and on a more positive note, Todd retired ten consecutive batters after giving up the runs allowed in the first two innings. Blake Hawksworth earned the win with a perfect inning in relief.

Triple-A Memphis third basemen David Freese was recalled from minor league camp Sunday and went 1-for-3 with a run scored, as he continues to compete with Joe Mather for the third base job until Troy Glaus returns from offseason surgery.

If it seems like the Cardinals are playing the Orioles a lot, it's because the Cards will play the Orioles seven times, their most against any opponent. The Cardinals are 4-1 vs. Baltimore so far this spring and went 3-1-1 against the O's in Grapefruit League play last year, winning the final three games.


Five players were cut from the Cardinals major-league camp roster on Sunday afternoon, Blake Hawksworth and Tyler Greene were optioned to Class AAA, and pitcher Fernando Salas, catcher Bryan Anderson and Jay were reassigned to the minor-league camp.

Non-roster players still remaining in camp and vying for a spot on the Cardinals 25-man roster; Colby Rasmus, David Freese, Mike Pagnozzi and Joe Thurston.


In my column "Sunday Morning Coffee with Ray Mileur", I highlighted the problems Kyle McClellan has had on the mound since the middle of last August. It would be hard for me to tell McClellan not to worry about his spring training performance, especially, in light that he hasn't pitched will in his last 19 appearances. Somewhat interesting, Joe Mather goes 0-for-19 at the plate and he's a risk to being on the old chopping block and McClellan, apparently is a lock to be a part of the major league club's bullpen, despite his poor performance this spring and at the end of last season.

Joe Mather broke out of his 0-for19 slump with a double on Sunday. On the day, Mather finished going 1-for-5, but at least he doesn't have to read and hear about a 0-for-19 slump.


Rasmus was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup because of a starting pitching change made by the Orioles prior to game time. Rasmus did appear in the game as a pinch hitting, striking out in his only plate appearance, leaving a runner in scoring position.


The Cardinals had 12 runs and 14 hits in Saturday's contest; however neither is a spring high. St. Louis picked up 19 hits on 3/1 at FLA and scored 15 runs on 3/3 at NYM. Two outs, no problem; nine of the Nationals' 11 runs were scored with two outs and seven of the Cardinals 12.

COMING UP Chris Carpenter, who has not allowed a run this spring, will try to keep that string going when he makes his fifth Grapefruit League start on Monday. He and the Cards will take on Scott Olsen and the Nationals at 12:05 p.m. CT at Roger Dean Stadium.


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