Weekend odds and ends…
As you may have already deduced from the absence of my byline on cardinals.com yesterday, I did not travel with the team to Milwaukee for this series. I’ll be rejoining the club in Chicago early next week. In the meantime, however, there are a few notes to pass along…
I’ll be resurrecting the Inbox feature (on cardinals.com, not the blog) next week, so feel free to resume sending in questions. Remember, if you want your question to be considered, you must include your first name, last initial and hometown. Send those questions to Jenifer.Langosch@MLB.com.
If you haven’t already seen the news, highly-touted pitching prospect Carlos Martinez has joined the club in Milwaukee. He was summoned from Double-A, as the Cardinals finally made the decision to send Mitchell Boggs down to the Minors. That decision was sealed on Thursday night, when Boggs walked both batters he faced.
For those of you on Twitter, you can follow Martinez @Tsunamy27. He tweeted this photo of himself at Miller Park earlier today.
Martinez is the second new addition to the bullpen this week. The first, Seth Maness, has not yet appeared in a game. Also, with Martinez’s arrival, the Cardinals top two pitching prospects (per MLB.com) entering the season are now with the Major League club. For a refresher, here is the link to the top 20 list.
Though the temperature today would hardly suggest that summer is approaching, don’t forget that the First-Year Player’s Draft is less than five weeks away. MLB.com has already has extensive coverage — including a look at the Draft order (here), top 100 Draft prospects (here) and a story with Draft details and changes (here).
The Cardinals have the 19th overall selection, as well as the 28th. The latter is compensation for Kyle Lohse’s departure.
And lastly, let me direct your attention to Matthew Leach’s latest column, in which he catches up with former Cardinals pitcher/outfielder Rick Ankiel. You can read that story — which features more introspection than Ankiel has displayed in the past — here.
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