Found March 08, 2012 on
And so it goes.
The baseball season, more than any other sport, is a marathon. The season is now, before the spring and then, after the fall. It’s all about pace. And then, when you really want to sprint out, you remember it’s all about pace.
To that extent the Cardinals knew coming into 2012 that Chris Carpenter was going to need to be held back. At 37 and coming off a 237+ inning regular season and a 36 inning postseason (understatement: where the innings tend to be a bit more stressful) the team was well advised to make sure the heart and soul of the 2011 championship team was eased into the grind.
Turns out, his body was already on the same page.
The day before yesterday Carpenter admitted to neck stiffness and today reports have surfaced that more information will not be available until after the weekend.
The pragmatists are asking who amongst us hasn’t woken up with a stiff neck? I bet he had ****** pillows in his hotel room. Damn you Double Tree!!!
The rest of us keep ...
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St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter has been scratched from Monday's start to ongoing neck stiffness.
Carpenter left the team's training camp Friday to be re-evaluated by a doctor. He has been dealing with the neck problems for a week.
The 2005 National League Cy Young Award winner, who will turn 37 next month, went 11-9 with a 3.45 ERA in 34 starts.
Don’t get me wrong. I like Matt Adams as a player. In fact, he is The Cardinal Nation’s ninth-ranked prospect in 2012.
On the other hand, the 22-year-old is not going to continue to produce as he has over the first four games of spring. Sure, let’s give him credit for the grand slam against the Mets and the bases-clearing triple to help sink the Red Sox on Thursday. On the...
JUPITER, Fla. - Soaking up advice, suggestions and tips has been a goal for Adron Chambers this spring. Even if it's about how to wear his uniform.
Hoping to make the Cardinals roster as a reserve outfielder, the 25-year-old Chambers has been trying to pick anyone and everyone's brain that is willing to talk.
And that includes guest instructor and former Cardinals fan favorite...
JUPITER, Fla. By evidence of his four-year, 27 million contract that begins this season, left-hander Jaime Garcia doesn't have to worry about his spot in the rotation.
After another solid campaign last year, the 25-year-old Cardinals starter has a spot reserved for him this year despite how good or bad he performs this spring.
But don't tell that him.
"I came in...
JUPITER, Fla. - Cardinals minor league lefty R.J. Swindle peeks back at the radar gun just like most other pitchers when on the mound.
But he's hoping for a much different result.
While most dream of reaching triple digits or throwing in the high 90's, Swindle aims to break the 50 MPH barrier. And not over it. Under it.
The crafty lefty possesses a swooping curveball that...
Free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt recently told teams around the league that he was going to sit out the start of the season. At the time, it appeared he was only looking at the Cardinals and Rangers as potential destinations due to the close proximity to his Mississippi home.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com notes that Oswalt is now telling teams that he is willing to go anywhere, but still...
Two of them have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame and the third will be, and all have managed the St. Louis Cardinals to World Championships. Now, Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa will be honored together as part of the Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 21 in Cooperstown. The event is held during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend at Doubleday Field the...
Baseball's Hall of Fame will honor three generations of St. Louis Cardinals' World Series champions on July 21, the day before this year's induction ceremonies.
The Hall said Wednesday there will be a special recognition for the living managers who led the Cardinals to Series titles: Red Schoendienst (1967), Whitey Herzog (1982) and Tony La Russa (2006 and last year...
St. Louis Cardinals reliever Eduardo Sanchez made his spring
training debut on Thursday, tossing two innings while striking out
four Red Sox hitters in the Cardinals 9-3 win. - Photo courtesy of
Many St. Louis Cardinals fans are curious to see how young reliever Eduardo Sanchez does this spring. Sanchez, who appeared in 26 games for the Cardinals during his rookie...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) Rafael Furcal didn't have to think hard about re-signing with the St. Louis Cardinals, even after they declined to pick up his contract option.
Furcal, a trade deadline pickup who was one of the keys to the Cardinals' World Series run, got a two-year, $14 million contract.
''Who wouldn't want to come back to a team that won the World Series...
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Beckett increased his repertoire of pitches for his second spring training start, and the result was similar to his first outing.
Beckett gave up two hits in three scoreless innings but the Boston Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 9-3 on Thursday. He has allowed three hits and no runs in five innings this spring.
"I threw everything I wanted...
It would not be a St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training without health questions surrounding a key player, and once again a member of the starting rotation is awaiting test results analysis and a diagnosis before throwing again. But the name attached this time is all too familiar to these situations: Chris Carpenter.
All the facts of this story can be found in Joe Strauss’s STLtoday...
Adam Wainwright pitched two scoreless innings in his first start in over a year, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
Wainwright missed all of last season after having elbow ligament replacement surgery and hadn't pitched since Sept. 24, 2010. He walked one and struck out two Friday.
Wainwright's return for the Cardinals was balanced...
Today's National League Central preview features the 2011 World Champions -- the St. Louis Cardinals.
To say the Cards had a magical run last season would be a vast understatement. The club squeaked into the playoffs thanks to a late surge and a colossal collapse by the Braves to capture the Wild Card. They then outlasted the heavy-favorited Phillies in five games in the NLDS...
With Chris Carpenter sidelined with neck stiffness, should the Cardinals
bring in Roy Oswalt as an insurance policy? Vote now! - Photo courtesy
of Getty Images
Friday was a day of ups and downs for St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.
Matheny watched one of his co-aces, Adam Wainwright, effectively return to game action for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery...