Fort Myers, Fl (KMOV) – The second leg of the Grapefruit League Cy Young Award Finalist Tour begins today as Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright makes his debut against the Minnesota Twins, a day following Chris Carpenters first appearance of Spring.
The Cardinals line up will face RHP Carl Pavano, who went a combined 14-12 last year with a 6.50 ERA after starting the season with the Cleveland Indians.
Speaking of the Cardinals lineup, as expected, Albert Pujols did not make the three-hour trip from Jupiter to Fort Myers, as the club continues to be cautious with what’s being called an aggravated lower-back. Good news, though, for those who are worried. Reports coming out of Jupiter this morning said Pujols swung freely in the batting cages without any restrictions.
Below is the Cardinals line-up for today’s game. I’ll have another post in a bit with the batting orders from both teams once they are officially announced.
1. Schumaker, 2B
2. Lugo, SS
3. Rasmus , CF
4. Holliday, LF
5. Ludwick, RF
6. Freese, 3B
7. Descalso, DH
8. Mather, 1B
9. La Rue, C
Off the Bench: Bryan Anderson, Tyler Greene, Mark Hamilton, Matt Pagnozzi, Jon Jay, “Sugar” Shane Robinson, Daryl Jones, Nick Stavinoha
Starting Pitcher: Adam Wainwright
Other Pitchers: Mitchell Boggs, Shelby Miller, Adam Ottavino, Pete Parise, Eduardo Perez, Fernando Salas, Francisco Samuel, Charlie Zink, Lance Lynn
Side note – 19-year-old Shelby Miller is expected to make his spring training debut today against the Twins. The 2009 first round draft pick out of the University of Texas is widely thought to be the most exciting pitching prospect the Cardinals organization has seen in years.