Rogers' Whispers: Without Wainwright, Cardinals still pleased with staff

They think Carpenter, Lohse and McClellan will be formidable

March 20, 2011|By Phil Rogers, Tribune Newspapers

Barring another setback, it appears the Cardinals will leave Florida confident in their Adam Wainwright-less rotation. Chris Carpenter has bounced back from his hamstring problems, Kyle Lohse is throwing very well and Kyle McClellan seems capable of making the move from the bullpen. The Cardinals look a lot like the 2010 Twins, who repeated as division champs after losing Joe Nathan to surgery. Write them off at your own risk. … Ivan Nova appears to have locked up a spot in the Yankees' rotation, leaving Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia and Sergio Mitre competing for the No. 5 spot. … Shaun Marcum's shoulder is a serious issue for the Brewers. Expectations for him are almost as big as for Zack Greinke for a team trying to catch the Reds. Marcum says he will be fine after leaving the mound early on Thursday, but rookie manager Ron Roenicke is right to hold his breath. There's still no word when Greinke will get back on the mound after breaking a rib playing basketball. … The Rangers don't seem to know what to do with first baseman Chris Davis, who has asked to be traded. Manager Ron Washington says Mitch Moreland will be his primary first baseman, with Mike Napoli and Michael Young getting some starts. Young is having a great spring, going into the weekend hitting .410 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 14 games. … Remember Erik Bedard? He actually might get back on the mound after three shoulder surgeries. He has had a great spring and could start the year directly behind Felix Hernandez in the Mariners rotation. … The Indians apparently are going to bat catcher Carlos Santana cleanup. … Adam Russell, a former White Sox farmhand who was acquired from the Padres, appears to have won a job in the remodeled Rays bullpen. The big question is how long it takes rookie lefty Jake McGee to supplant Kyle Farnsworth as closer.

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