Day 25: Yankees @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Rafael Furcal is back in the clubhouse and expected to meet with the media in about an hour, after manager Mike Matheny addresses the group. Furcal was seen by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday in order to get another diagnosis/recommendation on how to proceed with his ailing right elbow.

Also, there appears to be some evolving clarity regarding the Cardinals’ fifth-starter competition. The Cardinals held a starting pitchers’ meeting on Thursday morning and Trevor Rosenthal did not attend. Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller did, though, as well as some of the team’s expected Minor League starters (Michael Wacha and Seth Maness). This would certainly seem to suggest that the fifth-starter race is down to two: Kelly and Miller. Kelly is starting today; Miller takes the mound tomorrow. Rosenthal hasn’t been given the opportunity to start since the first game of Grapefruit League play.

Marc Rzepczynski, who was dealing with some left biceps tightness earlier this week, is slated to pitch today.

David Freese (sore tailbone) said he will go through the normal morning workouts today and will likely serve as the team’s designated hitter tomorrow. He was held out of baseball activities yesterday.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Jon Jay (CF)
  2. Oscar Taveras (RF)
  3. Allen Craig (DH)
  4. Matt Adams (1B)
  5. Ty Wigginton (3B)
  6. Shane Robinson (LF)
  7. Daniel Descalso (2B)
  8. Tony Cruz (C)
  9. Pete Kozma (SS)

Pitchers: Joe Kelly, Seth Maness, John Gast, Randy Choate, Jason Motte, Marc Rzepczynski, Edward Mujica, Jorge Rondon

YANKEES LINEUP:

  1. Brett Gardner (CF)
  2. Ichiro Suzuki (RF)
  3. Juan Rivera (1B)
  4. Francisco Cervelli (DH)
  5. Matt Diaz (LF)
  6. Chris Stewart (C)
  7. Ronnier Mustelier (3B)
  8. Jose Pirela (2B)
  9. Addison Maruszak (SS)

Pitchers: Ivan Nova

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2 Comments

Am I the only one who’s concerned about Craig’s throwing shoulder? Every article mentions in passing that he’s sore but no one goes into it in any depth, as though it’s trivial. And after three weeks of ST he still hasn’t played an inning in the field. What’s the story?

Who is playing left?

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