Posted on March 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM
(BaseballStL) -- Spring training is a process. t's a process for hitters going from playing every third day to every other day to, eventually, every single day as we get closer and closer to the regular season.
It's also a process for pitchers- relievers, especially. Certain guys are only on the team for a very specific role, like Randy Choate as a veteran lefty specialist. They can't just throw to one batter every other day all spring training long.
They have to get more work to improve on their conditioning early on before getting dialed back to the specialty role. Are we about at that point where certain guys are ready to work on what their role will be during the regular season?
"We're close but we're not there yet," Mike Matheny said. "I still want to get guys more work. It happens when we go and get them full innings of work and we see when certain guys aren't getting enough of something. Whether it be like a Randy [Choate] getting work on the back end like we talked about.
"That will translate to guys being used in their normal situations," Matheny said.
Eventually, you'll see closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning finishing games. You'll see guys like Daniel Descalso come in to pinch hit late for someone to work on not getting many at-bats but needing to stay sharp.
It means we're getting close to the regular season.