Postcard from Cardinals camp for Friday, March 17
Weather: 71 degrees, cloudy
Result: Mets 16, Cardinals 2
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Friday’s start was not one that Adam Wainwright will want to remember but it also might be one it will be hard for him to forget.
Wainwright threw 71 pitches in his fourth start of the spring, about the correct number, but recorded only five outs. By that point in the game, he had allowed 10 runs.
His final pitch resulted in a grand slam by Wilmer Flores, ending a day that saw him give up six runs in the first inning and four more in the second. He allowed seven hits, walked four and threw two wild pitches.
Wainwright’s ERA for the spring ballooned to 10.97, not the type of performance the Cardinals hoped to see after Wainwright’s disappointing 2016 season.
Wainwright likely has two starts remaining before the end of spring training.
Other news and notes from Friday:
Cuban outfielder Aloldis Garcia, one day after receiving his work visa in Haiti, made his Cardinals debut in center field, entering the game in the third inning. He struck out on three pitches in his first at-bat before bringing in a run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Wainwright’s performance came after he had allowed only one run, which was unearned, in his previous eight innings covering his three starts this spring. He allowed three runs in the first inning of his first start.
At the plate: The only Cardinal regular who had a hit was Jhonny Peralta who had a double in one of his two at-bats … Matt Carpenter was 0-for-2 … Eric Fryer joined Garcia with the RBIs with a second-inning single … Harrison Bader was 2-for-3, raising his spring average to .364 … Garcia entered the game in place of Tommy Pham, who had to leave after suffering a lacerated lip when he slid head-first into second base. The cut needed three stitches to close … Garcia finished the game 1-for-2, grounding out in his final at-bat in the ninth … The Cardinals did not use a DH for the first time this spring, and Wainwright was 0-for-1.
On the mound:
Wainwright wasn’t the only Cardinal pitcher who struggled with his control. Luke Weaver followed him to the mound and walked four batters, giving up four runs and three hits, in 1 1/3 innings … The only Cardinal pitchers who did not give up a run were Jonathan Broxton, who allowed one hit and struck out two in his one inning of work, and Ryan Sherriff, who allowed the final of 17 Mets hits in the eighth but also struck out the side.
In the clubhouse:
Jordan Schafer underwent surgery on his left elbow on Friday and Dr. George Paletta was able to perform a primary repair instead of Tommy John surgery. That will reduce the recovery time, but Schafer, a non-roster outfielder/pitcher, will still miss this season … After making his first appearance in 13 days on Thursday, Trevor Rosenthal said his right arm felt normal on Friday … Tyler Lyons was encouraged after throwing his third live batting practice, but said he has not been told what the next step will be as his recovers from off-season knee surgery.
On the back fields:
The minor league teams played their first games of the spring on Friday. Cuban prospect Jonatan Machado hit a long home run for Peoria, while on another field, the Mets’ Tim Tebow was in the lineup against Palm Beach.
Michael Wacha will get the start on Saturday when the Cardinals are back in Jupiter for another game against the Mets.