Cardinal Nation let out a sigh of relief today after finding out the reason closer Trevor Rosenthal left a live batting session this morning - a right groin strain. Rosenthal said "If it was during the season, I feel like it would be something not worth stopping. With the situation being now, I just thought I would say something. I felt it once, so I said something as soon as I could."
The Cardinals are listing Rosenthal as day-to-day.
Meanwhile former closer Jason Motte believes he'll be pitching in games in April, but ruled out being ready for opening day.
"Even if I’m throwing bullpens at the end of March and I’m firing balls in there that’s great but it’s still not the same as getting in a game with that intensity, that adrenaline," the righty said. "So you don’t want to go straight from there to the big-league ballgame without facing hitters or doing anything back-to-back. April may be a possibility, I don’t know."
With a pitcher like Motte, he should be able to come back quicker than other pitchers; he doesn't use off speed pitches, which are usually the last thing a pitcher will throw after having Tommy John surgery. The only concern could be his flat fastball having a little less zip on it.
Finally, lefty starter Jaime Garcia is meeting with the infamous Dr. James Andrews to have his shoulder checked out. Garcia was shut down earlier this week and evaluated by the Cardinal medical staff.
The Cardinals did not release the finding on his shoulder, but meeting with Dr. Andrews is not a good sign; especially since Garcia missed a majority of last season with shoulder issues. This allows the Cardinals to give Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez a real shot at the rotation.