(KMOV.com) -- Brendan Ryan arrived in camp today wearing a soft brace on his right wrist. Ryan had arthroscopic surgery on the wrist a couple of weeks ago, and won't be able to practice much in the first few weeks of spring training. He said this morning that he could probably play right now if he had to, but that it makes sense at this point to proceed with caution. Ryan has been bothered by the wrist for some time now. He thought he had tendonitis and could play through the pain, but after hitting more this winter with Mark McGwire than he ever had before, the wrist was becoming more painful. He says he's fully confident he'll be back before the start of the regular season. He seems a little bit leery of somebody stepping up and stealing his shortstop position while he's out. That seems highly unlikely, but you can understand how a guy who last season finally got a chance to be an everyday player wants to do everything possible to hang onto that job.
Pitching coach Dave Duncan said today that Lance Lynn is in the mix to become the 5th starter in the rotation. Lynn was the organization's pitcher of the year in '09. He was 11-4 with an era of 2.85 while pitching at Palm Beach, Springfield and Memphis. Lynn is a big guy at 6-5, 250 pounds. He throws hard and has several quality pitches. Listening to Duncan talk today made me think that Lynn may have overtaken guys like Jaime Garcia and Mitchell Boggs in the competition for the 5th starter slot.
Tony La Russa always invites his celebrity friends to spring training. Today I was in the Cardinals locker room and John Havlicek casually walked through the room. Havlicek is a Hall of Fame basketball player, a longtime star with the Boston Celtics in the 1960's and 70's. He was one of my all time favorite players. Jason Motte heard me say "Hey, that's John Havlicek!" Motte then walked up to me and quietly asked "Who's John Havlicek?" Made me feel very old. Havlicek was a household name when he was an active player. Here's a Cardinal pitcher in his late 20's who had never heard of him. Rich Hill said he had heard of Havlicek because he played with that other tall guy the Celtics had. I said "Bill Russell", and Hill said "I think that's who it was".
I'm feeling older by the minute.
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