Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 3/7/13
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made a very interesting comment on Wednesday. With regard to the three-way battle for the final rotation spot among Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal, the skipper said the following, as reported by B.J. Rains: “We’re getting close,” Matheny said of needing to make a decision. “Yeah, we’re getting close.” This was on March 6, with 21 spring games remaining. To most outside observers, the comment seemed premature. Time needed for any of them to adapt to a bullpen assignment should be quick and starting in Triple-A requires the same preparation as in the majors. One reason cited by the manager was the decreasing availability of innings to pitch. However, with both Fernando Salas and Mitchell Boggs away at the WBC, it seems the full innings crunch may still be a couple of weeks away. Further, a number of non-competitive pitchers for an immediate spot with St. Louis remain in big league camp. Perhaps Matheny’s timing was chosen to create
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