Hard-hitting first-baseman Matt Adams arrived at St. Louis Cardinals spring training camp with hopes of making the major league club as a bench bat and defensive reserve at first base.
While Adams came up with a bit of knee soreness after playing the entire first game of the spring at first base for the Cardinals on Saturday, his injury is not expected to be serious.
However, what is serious was a Sunday announcement by manager Mike Matheny that sore-kneed and aging right-fielder Carlos Beltran will likely not be used much at all in centerfield in 2013. An unspoken by-product of the decision was to eliminate the bench spot for which Adams was competing.
The logic is simple. Beltran, who turns 36 on April 24, has far greatest value to the team as an every-day hitter. Keeping him healthy and productive is most important.
As we saw in 2012, Beltran’s results dropped off in the second half and it is viewed that keeping him out of centerfield entirely will help. Of course, more freque...