March 8: Cardinals @ Twins

Records: Cardinals (3-2), Twins (4-1)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT


Starting lineup: Greg Garcia (2B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Randal Grichuk (DH), Matt Adams (1B), Jacob Wilson (3B), Anthony Garcia (LF), Jeremy Hazelbaker (CF), Eric Fryer (C), Aledmys Diaz (SS)

Starting matchup: Michael Wacha vs. Rickey Nolasco

Available relievers: Juan Gonzalez, Trey Nielsen, Seung Hwan Oh, Miguel Socolovich, J.C. Sulbaran, Sam Tuivailala, Luke Weaver

Countdown until Opening Day: 26

Links from Monday:

  • Jhonny Peralta may miss 2-3 months after sustaining torn ligament in his left thumb (link)
  • For the first time in 11 months, Adam Wainwright was a starting pitcher again on Monday (link)
  • Matt Holliday makes his spring debut… at first base (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 9-4 win over the Mets on Monday (link)
  • Something you only see in Spring Training: Outfield sprinklers going off in the sixth inning (link)
  • Upping his OPS against lefties is one of the next steps for Kolten Wong (link)
  • Columnist Lyle Spencer writes about Randal Grichuk, who looks poised to emerge from Mike Trout’s shadow (link)

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It’s a bad break to lose Jhonny early on in the season. Hope others can step up for a time (with Gyorko, Garcia and Diaz in the mix I guess)? If so it might work out as Jhonny looked worn out late last season and having him fresh for the stretch run or post-season might be a plus. Just so long as he doesn’t re-injure it like Yadi did.

That kind of injury never seems to be healed enough when players return. It almost always seems that the recovery should longer.Especially given his age. The Braves and the Indians maybe trading partners down the road. Too bad, I’d hate like hell to give up prospects from a position of weakness, because the other club has you over the barrel.

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