Cardinal pitchers and catchers officially report to Planet Jupiter on Monday, marking the first in a series of minor festivals prefacing the April 1 high holiday, opening day.
Already the club knows camp will be light. Chris Carpenter remains in St. Louis seeking clarification of the latest neurological incident to affect his right shoulder, arm and hand. While his teammates move into their lockers in South Florida, Carpenter will meet with members of the media Monday at Busch Stadium to discuss the possible end of his career.
Losing a signature starter has become a cruel rite of spring for this franchise. Two years ago the Cardinals won an unlikely World Series after Adam Wainwright blew out his right elbow throwing live batting practice. They labored without Carpenter in 2007 and 2008, missing the playoffs both seasons as the 2005 Cy Young Award winner dealt with elbow surgery and then a second bout of nerve-related complications.
Staff leader Darryl Kile arrived in camp in 2002 before the club announced he had required offseason shoulder surgery. Woody Williams endured an oblique strain the same camp and made one start before May 15. Somehow, despite Kile’s death in Chicago that June, the Cardinals won 97 games and the NL Central title.
'Minor things' will be major for Cards
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Feb 10