Discussing Alex Reyes, Wacha Arbitration and S.T.E.P. invitees

The Cardinals have announced on the first day of Spring Training that Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes complained of elbow soreness. They have taken him to have a MRI to determine any damage.

If it is out any considerable amount of time then the Cardinals have some thinking to do. Can they fill this internally with players like Gonzales, Gomber, Weaver and possibly Rosenthal?

Or do they go to the free agent list and discuss players like Jon Niese, Jorge De la Rosa, Tim Lincecum, Jered Weaver, Mat Latos, Jake Peavy or others that are out there?

Look for the initial word, should Reyes be out for a long stretch, to be they will fill it inside the organization. This is always their answer.

But don’t you just pause and ask what is going on in the Cardinals medical staff that this is going on?

2011: Wainwright
2012: Carpenter
2013: Garcia
2014: Wacha
2015: Wainwright
2016: Lynn
2017: Reyes?

Do the Cardinals have an inadequate medical staff? It makes you at least onder about it.



News Release-  The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have invited 30 of their minor league prospects to attend the team’s Spring Training Early Program (S.T.E.P.) at the Cardinals Complex in Jupiter, Fla. beginning on Saturday, February 25. The remainder of the team’s minor league players will report for Spring Training on March 6 (pitchers and catchers) and March 8 (full squad).
The following is a positional roster of the players that have been invited to attend 2017 S.T.E.P. camp:

Ellis, Chris
Chinea, Chris
Dykstra, Luke
Arozarena, Randy
Fernandez, Junior
Godoy, Jose
Edman, Tommy
Carlson, Dylan
Gallen, Zac
McCarvel, Ryan
Mejia, Alex
Denton, Bryce
Gonzalez, Derian
O’Keefe, Brian
Perez, Delvin
Drake, Blake
Hicks, Jordan
Thon, Dickie Joe
Jackson, Vincent
Hudson, Dakota
Voit, Luke
Martini, Nick
Jones, Connor
Mercado, Oscar
Morales, Andrew
Plummer, Nick
Oviedo, Johan
Wilson, Austin
Williams, Ronnie
Woodford, Jacob

Cardinals Win; Wacha Loses Arbitration Hearing

The Cardinals won their arbitration case with right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday.

Wacha will earn the $2.775 million in 2017 the club proposed instead of the $3.2 million he suggested.
Wacha, 25, went 7-7 with a 5.09 ERA in 27 games (24 starts) for the Cardinals last season after going 17-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 starts in 2015, when he was named to the National League All-Star team.
Wacha’s arbitration hearing with the Cardinals was the first time the club has completed the process since 1999, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.




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