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Cardinal News and Notes: 03/04/2014

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No game for the Cardinals today, but there are some notes on the players.

Kolten Wong was hitless again on Monday, going 0-3. Wong has not had a hit all spring and people are noticing; it's still early in Spring Training, so hopefully he'll come around. The concern is still valid, considering he didn't hit when he was promoted at the end of last season. Add in that the general public only knows that Wong was the guy that was picked off to end Game 4 of the World Series, and that's a lot of negatives for one young player. Like I said, it's still early and he has time to turn things around; he's also hit at every level he played at, so he has that in his favor too.

According to MLB.com, Trevor Rosenthal is back to pitching; he left a bullpen session last week with tightness in his right calf. Sunday he threw a 25-pitch bullpen and had no issues. He's expected to throw again on Wednesday, then move to games after that. Rosenthal said that the injury was something he would have played through during the season when it happened.

In that same MLB.com piece, Jenifer Langosch talks about Matt Adams and his quest to hit lefties. Adams used a left-handed pitching machine during the off-season, then took a batting practice session against a lefty each day; he face pitchers like Randy Choate, Tim Cooney, and Kevin Siegrist. "Obviously, you're not going to make those splits completely even, but bringing that lefty split up a little bit would make me feel pretty good." With Adams playing everyday this year, hitting lefties will be important to his, and the teams, success.

Going to former Cardinals, David Freese has been given a vote of confidence by Angels GM Jerry DiPoto. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times spoke to the GM about Freese: "The Cardinals are in a pretty unique position of depth, like the Braves in the '90s," Dipoto said. "That made Freese an expendable piece for them. Any time a player is traded, it doesn't mean it's a pending disaster for the other team." Shaikin also spoke with the third baseman, who didn't think the pressure of playing in St. Louis got him; check out the link to see his full comments.

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