Cardinals righty Trevor Rosenthal will open the season on the DL, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports (Twitter links). Sam Tuivailala will take his place on the active roster. St. Louis has three other righties heading to the DL as well: Alex Reyes (who’ll miss the year after Tommy John surgery), John Gant and Tyler Lyons. A lat issue had slowed Rosenthal earlier in camp, but he had seemed on track to start the year back in the bullpen. Though he had been working to stretch out as a starter, the club did not seem to have a rotation spot open — and Rosenthal’s delay apparently nixed that idea. It seems that the lat injury is to blame, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes on Twitter, though it’s not apparent whether there was any kind of setback. Rosenthal had been able to throw ten spring frames, allowing two earned runs on ten hits while compiling 11 strikeouts against five walks.
It’s the time in Spring Training when exhibitions begin to shift to Major League parks, and today’s MLB.TV lineup features seven games overall and four in big league venues.
All week, in an effort to both stoke debate and get stoked for the 2017 season, we’re ranking the top five clubs in a few key categories. We’ve gone over the rotations and lineups, and we’ll continue today with the bullpens.
The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that they’ve selected the contract of catcher Eric Fryer and placed injured left-hander Zach Duke on the 60-day disabled list to create a spot on the 40-man roster. The 31-year-old Fryer batted .267/.336/.319 in 133 plate appearances as a backup between St. Louis and Pittsburgh last season and returned to the Redbirds on a minors pact this winter. With today’s move, Fryer has officially won a reserve spot with the Cardinals once again.
Why has there been such a huge increase in homers over the last two seasons? The theories are endless, so we went right to the source, talking to more than 40 players about the changes they’ve made to try to tap into more power.
Aaron Judge could begin the year in the Minor Leagues. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Wednesday that the organization still has not made a decision on the open competition between Judge and Aaron Hicks, with that announcement expected to be made on Thursday.
We polled more than 50 experts from MLB.com and MLB Network to see how they envision the 2017 season shaping up, in terms of individual awards. Here are the results.
With his fourth multihit game of spring, Dexter Fowler keyed the Cardinals’ 6-2 win over the Nationals in St. Louis’ Grapefruit League finale on Wednesday. The Cardinals finished 7-0-1 against Washington this spring and won 20 games in Grapefruit League play for the first time since 1997.
In an appearance on the podcast hosted by C. Trent Rosecrans and Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams shared some interesting thoughts on his team and possible areas for innovation. (You can find a writeup of Williams’ comments and a link to the podcast right here.) Williams spoke in particular about the notion of “breaking down the barriers between roles,” both for pitchers and position players. Especially for a small-market team, he said, it’s necessary to question traditional thinking.
The Rangers are five days away from Opening Day, and their best player is still not in the lineup. Adrian Beltre remains sidelined with tightness in his right calf muscle. He had an MRI exam on Monday, and it revealed he does not have a significant strain. But the third baseman hasn’t played since coming out of Sunday’s game against the Dodgers after just one plate appearance.