The Cardinals Spring Training Notebook 03/24

St. Louis Cardinals staff ace Chris Carpenter, who made just five appearances over the last two seasons combined while recovery from Tommy John surgery, continued to look impressive this spring with perhaps his best outing coming on Monday.

Monday Carpenter gave up his first two runs of the spring, both of them unearned, on three hits over five innings as the Cardinals defeated the Nationals, 6-3, in their final Grapefruit League game, to complete the three-game-series sweep of the Nationals this spring

Carpenter threw a spring-high 76 pitches while striking out six and walking none. The strikeouts came as a surprise to some, considering he had only four strikeouts combined all spring going into Monday's contest. "This is the best I've felt since I've been down here," Carpenter told reporters after the game.

The Cardinals offense was led by catcher Yadier Molina, who went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and appears to have not missed a beat, despite missing significant playing time while participating earlier in the World Baseball Classic. Brendan Ryan, Rick Ankiel and Chris Duncan each collected two hits for St. Louis, while Skip Schumaker drove in a pair of runs.


--- RHP Luke Gregerson was acquired by the San Diego Padres Monday, completing the deal for shortstop Khalil Greene. The 24-year-old reliever was 7-6 with 10 saves and a 3.35 ERA last season in 57 games for Double-A Springfield. Gregerson ranked at #37 in the Birdhouse 2009 Top 40 Prospect rankings.

--- LHP Dennys Reyes, who agreed to a two-year deal with St. Louis earlier this month, finally joined his new team on Monday. Reyes threw a bullpen session during the Cardinals' win over the Nationals, and is expected to pitch on Wednesday, following St. Louis' off-day on Tuesday.

---3B Troy Glaus has temporarily ceased all baseball-related activities to give his surgically-repaired shoulder more time to recover, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The organization was hoping that Glaus could return in April, but like the Birdhouse has reported for a couple of months now, a return in May or even June is a more realistic timeframe for his return.


Following the game Sunday St. Louis reassigned five players to minor league camp...RHP Blake Hawksworth and INF Tyler Greene were optioned to Memphis (AAA) and RHP Fernando Salas, C Bryan Anderson and OF Jon Jay were sent to minor league camp. Prior to the Sunday's contest the Cards recalled non-roster invitee INF David Freese to Major League camp. The club had 33 players remaining in camp going into Monday's game.

Monday, the Cardinals released five minor league players including; second baseman Isa Garcia, pitchers Joe Rogers and Miguel Flores, catcher Christian Rosa, third baseman Nick Vera.

COMING UP The Cardinals have an off day on Tuesday and then Joel Pineiro will start Wednesday vs. Houston after the 24 hour break in action. You can catch this game on FSN MIDWEST.

FSN MIDWEST Broadcasts coming up; FSN will also televise the March 25 game vs. Houston, March 29 game at Fort Myers (MIN) and April 3 tilt at Memphis.


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