Corey Hart still sitting Thursday
Hart has been dealing with back and forearm issues this spring. He has not played in a game since Sunday. Hart missed all of last season due to knee issues. He hit .270/.334/.507 in 562 at-bats in 2012.
Drew Hutchison emerging as favorite for rotation
"Nobody’s pitched better this spring than Hutch," manager John Gibbons said. "The way he’s pitching he’s been dominating." On top of that, J.A. Happ is dealing with a back injury, which could limit his effectiveness early in the year. Gibbons didn't want to make anything official, but said Hutchison "is at the top of the list" for the spot.
Jason Castro beginning to rack up RBI
After beginning the spring mired in a 0-for-8 slump, Castro is batting .625 (5 for 8) in his last three games. Castro, who is now batting .313, has two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in his last three games.
Tightness continues to plague Doug Fister
Fister is working through elbow inflammation and is expected to be ready to roll in time for the regular season.
Khris Davis' numbers not looking good due to 3-for-18 slump
Davis, who is competing for the starting job in left field, has one home run and three RBI in nine spring games, but he is batting just .222 (6 for 27) with no walks and eight strikeouts. He has one stolen base.
Jimmy Rollins doesn't understand why manager is mad
"Obviously he is upset about something," he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "...Everyone is allowed to have their own opinion. It doesn't make it right, but he's the manager so he gets to have the last say."
Rollins has been benched the last three games in favor of Freddy Galvis, whose "energy and his positive influence" Sandberg praised. When asked about those qualities in Rollins, the manager retorted, "no comment."
The shortstop characterized his relationship with Sandberg as "good" and added that they talk every day.
David Price named the opening day starter for Rays
The move doesn't come as a surprise, as Price was the club's opening day starter last season. This will mark the third time in his career Price has started the first game of the regular season. Price posted a 3.33 ERA in 186 2/3 innings last year. He'll take on the Blue Jays March 31.
Cardinals pondering where to pitch Carlos Martinez
"It’s a question still to be determined," pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said. "We know what Carlos can do in the eighth inning. We’re kind of watching to see how he handles himself as a starter.
"At some point in his career, he’s going to be a dynamite starter. But what makes the Cardinals a better team this year?"
Martinez's performance this spring isn't making the decision easy for manager Mike Matheny, who might have to remove a starter from the rotation to accommodate Martinez.
"I can’t put percentages on it," Matheny said of Martinez's chances of starting. "The big picture is that he can pitch. It’s not worth him spending time on it. I understand and appreciate he would like to start. We’ve got a lot of guys in that situation. But if he gets people out, he’s going to make it very interesting."
Michael Pineda planning to go three innings Thursday
Pineda will throw about 45 pitches during the start. Pineda went two innings in his first start of the spring, and is slowly building up his stamina after missing most of the last two seasons due to shoulder issues.
George Springer not having banner spring
It was Springer's first RBI in nine spring games. He is batting a disappointing .190 (4 for 21) with no extra-base hits and eight strikeouts. Springer, however, has drawn six walks and netted a team-high four stolen bases.
March 6, 2014
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