Sunny, 65 degrees
Twins 7, Cardinals 0
On a day when not very much went right for the Cardinals, Michael Wacha turned in another scoreless outing. He worked 2 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three. That increased his spring totals to 7 2/3 innings pitched in which he has allowed no earned runs, four hits, walked one and struck out 11.
For the second game in a row, Jason Motte gave up a two-run homer…The Cardinals managed only two singles against five Minnesota pitchers, one each by Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay, while hitting into five double plays.
On the field:
David Freese did not appear to be seriously injured after he tumbled over a gate and fell into the stands while trying to catch a foul popup in the seventh inning. He left the game and walked off the field without assistance He had an ice bag near his tailbone while speaking to reporters after the game. “The gate didn’t save me so I took a spill,” Freese said. “I’ll be alright. It could have been worse.” … Lance Lynn made his second start of the spring and allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings, in part because of his own throwing error, one of two errors the Cardinals committed in the game … Edward Mujica also gave up a two-run homer in his one inning of relief.
Off the field:
The Cardinals said they would have no further update Monday on the status of shortstop Rafael Furcal’s injured right elbow. He was scheduled to meet with team physician Dr. George Paletta, in camp to give physicals to minor league players. Based on that conversation, it is possible Furcal may leave camp to seek a second medical opinion about whether he will have to undergo surgery … Manager Mike Matheny received an epidural to try to ease the pain in his back caused by a ruptured disc. It also is possible he may have to have surgery… Pitcher Marc Rzepczynski also is dealing with soreness in his left arm and will not pitch for a few days … After the game the Cardinals re-assigned non-roster catchers Adam Ehrlich and Jesus Montero and infielder Starlin Rodriguez to the minor-league camp. That leaves the team with 53 players in camp, counting the players away at the World Baseball Classic, plus pitcher Carlos Martinez, still stuck in the Dominican Republic because of visa issues.
The Cardinals have their first of three scheduled days off this spring on Tuesday. They will play the Marlins in Jupiter on Wednesday.