Here are a few player notes and info from thus far into the Cardinals Winter Warm Up. Besides the updates provided by John Mozeliak yesterday, there was a bit of player provided news as well. As for below, here is yesterday’s info:
- Jamie Garcia said that while he was mentioned in association with Team Mexico for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, which he never intended to participate in the tournament and wasn’t asked to. “It’s a tough decision. It’s an honor to represent your country, but now is not the right time.”
- Garcia also has not thrown off a mound yet, but is on schedule with his preparation.
- Matt Adams, who had elbow surgery during the offseason, said he is rehabbing well. He also dropped 10-15 pounds as part of new nutrition plan he undertook as well.
- Marc Rzepczynski described his season last year as an up and down affair, leaning on a philosophy that Tony LaRussa described in saying “The season is a roller coaster, and the goal is to keep the rollercoaster as small as you can. And it got a little big last year.”
- Chris Carpenter says he is feeling as good as he does any season at this point, and does not anticipate any adjusted spring regime. In response to the competition for the pitching staff amongst the young arms, he is excited to work with them all, and no singular one impresses him more than any other. “Everyone in this community and organization should be excited about what the team has.” He joked that he will show up “ready to compete for the rotation when
- About his future after this season, Carp has no plans yet and will decide on if he will continue to play after this year. However, if he has more health issues he doubts he would undergo any more rehab to keep playing.
- Adam Wainwright reported that he’s undergoing a completely normal offseason in the fashion that he did before his Tommy John surgery. He is stated that he was forced to alter his approach at times last season, including throwing a four-seam fastball for the first time since 2006.
- His breakthrough moment was his May 27th, complete game win versus the San Diego Padres. “That was when I really felt like I was back”, said Wainwright. As for season goals, he does not see 200 inning as a personal mile marker (he threw 198 in 2012), but that “when you get to the Roy Halladay, 250 to 260 inning mark is when it’s an achievement.
- He was not contacted to participate in the World Baseball Classic, and would have declined due to resuming his normal training regime. However he did state he would be very interested in participating next time, as it is a great honor.