(KMOV)-- KMOV.com's Brian Feldman is in Jupiter, Florida covering the Cardinals and is posting
regular updates from spring training.
March 28, 3:12 p.m. - The loss of McClellan to the rotation hurts the 'pen as far as the ability to pitch multiple innings. Salas can't do that. Hence the need for Augenstein.
March 28, 3:02 p.m. - Big shocker...Daniel Descalso is on the team. Yes, I'm being sarcastic.
March 28, 3:00 p.m. - Stavinoha and Salas are out. Augenstein officially on the team. Needed more innings from that role. Tony admits Salas pitched better than some guys that are on the team but the role dictated who ultimately stuck.
March 28, 1:40 p.m. - Cards cancel tomorrow's exhibition in Springfield. They'll play a major league game here vs the Marlins instead.
March 28, 1:27 p.m. -Nolasco continues to just mow down the Redbirds. At least Freese crushed one at the 2nd baseman for an out. That's encouraging.
March 28, 1:20 p.m. - I bet the plan for today was not to have Rich Rundles relieve Westbrook in the FIFTH inning. Just a hunch.
March 28, 1:17 p.m. - One (not hard) hit off Nolasco in 4 innings. No, there's no Pujols in the lineup...I understand that. But you gotta be able to do more against this guy. C'mon.
March 28, 1:02 p.m. - Through 3 innings: 4 (runs), 8 (hits) and 0 (errors) for the Marlins. 0, 1 and 0 for the Cardinals. Ouch. And these games are supposed to be similar to regular season games.
March 28, 12:52 p.m. - Allen Craig then makes a quality play to end the top of the 2nd. Playing 1st base. Hey...if the Cards can't fork up $30 million a year for Pujols maybe Allen can ease the pain. Kind of. For a little. Okay, maybe not.
March 28, 12:40 p.m. - Lots of weak ground balls today off Ricky Nolasco...who comes in with a 14.00 ERA this spring. Cards haven't scored many runs in March but apparently the ballpark has a lot to do with it. Ball doesn't carry here. Though weak grounders won't carry in any ballpark.
March 28, 12:27 p.m. - Westbrook issues just his 3rd walk of spring training to start the game. He hasn't been terribly sharp all month...but walks hadn't been an issue. We'll see how he is today.
March 28, 12:19 p.m. - Craig continues to hit. And hit. And hit. And hit.
March 28, 12:15 p.m. - Westbrook works around the walk. Ya know...he's really only had ONE bad outing all spring. Out of 5 total. That was the 17th vs the Marlins (5 IP, 9 H, 4 R). Other than that he's allowed 5 runs in 16 innings. How is that bad?
March 28, 10:49 a.m. - If you ask me I think there's a good chance Jaime Garcia pitches here
in Jupiter tomorrow regardless of where everyone else is.
March 28, 10:42 a.m. - I went into Tony's office and asked him if they knew what they were
doing tomorrow for the game in Springfield. His answer: "not yet."
March 28, 10:31 a.m. - Hitters are in the cage. Pitchers sitting around telling stories to
each other. Everyone just waiting this rain out. Still hasn't stopped
by the way. But they still plan on getting the game in. It's what they
tell me anyway.
March 28, 9:56 a.m. - We've got standing rain outside the clubhouse. Still coming down
relatively hard...but not horrible.
March 28, 9:03 a.m. - Cards still very hopeful that they'll get today's game in. Storm is
fast moving and we should be good to go. As a result the team is
having an indoor workout. Hitting in the cages begins in one hour.
March 28, 8:48 a.m. - That's 24 of the 25 guys going north...with Salas/Augenstein being the
last one. When that will be decided is anyone's guess. Could be today.
Could be tomorrow in Springfield.
March 28, 8:45 a.m. - And, lastly, Allen Craig along with Jon Jay are the backup
outfielders. Tyler Greene and Daniel Descalso are the utility
infielders. Gerald Laird is the backup catcher.
March 28, 8:44 a.m. - Matt Holliday (LF), Colby Rasmus (CF), Lance Berkman (RF), David
Freese (3B), Ryan Theriot (SS), Skip Schumaker (2B), Albert Pujols
(1B) and Yadier Molina (C) comprise the everyday lineup.
March 28, 8:42 a.m. - While we're at it here's the remaining roster that we know: Chris
Carpenter, Jake Westbrook, Jaime Garcia, Kyle Lohse and Kyle McClellan
make up the 5-man starting rotation.
March 28, 8:26 a.m. - The rest of the bullpen: Ryan Franklin (closer), Mitchell Boggs and
Jason Motte (set-up), Miguel Batista (long relief/spot starter),
Trever Miller and Brian Tallet (lefty specialists)
March 28, 8:24 a.m. - Just to reiterate what I said this morning with John and
Claire...Miguel Batista will indeed make the team. Will come down to
Brian Augenstein and Fernando Salas for the remaining spot.
Technically Eduardo Sanchez is still in that mix, too, but he's not
considered a true contender for a major league gig at the moment.
Maybe later in the season.
March 28, 8:21 a.m. - Also been told, though this isn't a guarantee in any way, that it
wouldn't be unheard of for the Cards to take everyone remaining to
Springfield tomorrow and make the final cuts after that. Meaning we
wouldn't know the 25 man roster til after they depart Florida.
March 28, 8:12 a.m. - Have now received word from staff meteorologist (and PR member) Chris
Tunno that this storm is supposed to pass through pretty quickly and
we will get this game in. Looks ugly now, very black out, but it's
apparently supposed to clear up.
March 28, 7:54 a.m. - Lineup: Theriot 6...Rasmus 2...Craig 3...Holliday 7...Berkman
9...Freese 5...Molina 2...Schumaker 4...Westbrook 1
March 28, 7:52 a.m. - It's absolutely pouring here. So who knows if we'll get this game
in...but just in case...