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    FOX Sports Midwest to air weekly Cardinals preview shows

    FOX Sports Midwest will preview the 2020 Cardinals season in Cardinals Warmup, a series of shows airing each of the next three weeks.

    The first episode of Cardinals Warmup debuts tomorrow (Friday, July 3) at 9 p.m. FOX Sports Midwest Cardinals broadcasters Dan McLaughlin and Brad Thompson discuss baseball’s new rules in the 60-game season, the Cardinals roster, DH options and the pitching staff; and Jim Hayes chats with Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak.

    Cardinals Warmup season previews on FOX Sports Midwest
    Times Central | Streaming on FOX Sports GO

    Fri. July 3 9 p.m. Episode 1
    Sat. July 4 4 p.m. Episode 1
    Sun. July 5 11 a.m. Episode 1
    Fri. July 10 6:30 p.m. Episode 2
    Sat. July 11 6:30 p.m. Episode 2
    Sun. July 12 11 a.m. Episode 2
    Fri. July 17 6:30 p.m. Episode 3
    Fri. July 17 10:30 p.m. Episode 3
    Sat. July 18 6:30 p.m. Episode 3
    Sat. July 18 10 p.m. Episode 3
    Sun. July 19 11:30 a.m. Episode 3

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    #132094
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    That presents a problem. Right now, isn’t he your closer?

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    Yep, that could be very bad news for us.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    The expectation was that they would start with a closer committee but that could change after Summer Camp. If the relief corps gets too thin, it could lead to Martinez being taken out of the rotation for now. But that is just my wild speculation. Maybe Gallegos’ matter is just a visa or he is caught up in travel restrictions, rather than being health-related.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Forgot to mention that the Gallegos news conflicts with what Shildt told us Wednesday, that all players were already in camp except for the ones on the MLB charter from the Dominican.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    The new approach at camp – media Zoom briefings.

    Mo says Gallegos’ issue is “travel related,” but he doesn’t have any details yet. He and two from the office are working on it.

    Goldy said he did not have a thought about opting out. He wants to play and is pretty confident in the system set up. His elbow is 100% after rest and treatment but he is not sure if it would have been on the normal schedule.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Miles Mikolas is “full go”. Up to 40 pitches/two innings in pens now. Face batters Monday or Tuesday. His family will stay in FL for now.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Maddux told Shildt that Flaherty was pitching like in season. Gomber looked good, breaking ball mentioned. Helsey’s pitches showed good life.
    First intrasquad will be sixth day of camp. All pitchers will have been on the mound by then. All 23 position players will be needed to play.
    July 13 (or rain day) will be day off. July 23 optional workout. 19-day camp in total started today.
    Will not have intrasquads on back to back days right away, but will have them last three days (July 20, 21, 22).
    Four players on Dominican charter were tested yesterday so not cleared yet today. Should join tomorrow (Martinez, Montero, Herrera and Cabrera). Everyone other than them and Gallegos are present. No reported injuries.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    First-day photos from KMOX.

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    Thanks Brian…. I can almost smell that manicured grass. I’m a little tired of looking at baseball in the past.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Mark Saxon is reporting that a Cardinals player did test positive and is quarantined away from St. Louis, but the policy of the team and The Athletic is to not name him.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Saturday interviews

    Ponce de Leon is ready to go 3-4 innings now. During downtime, played catch 3x/week at local park. 2/week threw pens and to live hitters at Stetson University.

    Threw 2 lives/week once announcement made. Went two innings today. Threw all 4 pitches for strikes. Solidified grip on cutter. Threw some bad change-ups – needs work.

    Hudson had mostly garage workouts throwing to a pad in KC. Occasional bullpens. Long toss with brother in law, a pitcher at Univ of Kansas.

    Smoothed out delivery. More consistent in command and stuff. Off time has “engraved it”.

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    The English language is amazingly complex. I read that in 2 innings Ponce only threw 4 strikes. Only rereading it did I get what was meant. This is not a criticism of the writing because I am pretty sure it is grammatically correct even for its intended meaning.

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    Bader stayed in FL until 6/5, working with Jeff Albert. Other things going on enabled him to focus.

    Said he sometimes pressed before when numbers were where not he wanted them to be. Focused on breathing, relaxing, training his mind, considering swing as one thing. Non-physical approach.

    If asked to bat 9th, he would put pride aside. Sees double leadoff helping initially, but after first inning, it does not matter.

    He likes 60 games. Less noise, focus on baseball. Refreshing.

    Had confidence in Flaherty, Miller and Goldschmidt even in dark times during shutdown.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Cabrera and Sanchez (both LHP) tested positive but are asymptomatic. Need 2 negative tests, pass temperature checks before returning. Hopes back in “5-days-ish”. All players who were on Dominican flight are not being isolated unless they are suspected.

    Would not confirm that about eight players are potentially affected. Admitted most are pitchers. Would not comment on Reyes specifically. Waiting for tests. Will decide if reserves have to be added to camp. Hope not if asymptomatic.

    Hicks threw a pen today. Will have details tomorrow.

    On DH, said it would be used for many purposes initially and “not a lot of people who aren’t in play” for it. But also hopes someone steps up and takes the role to become anchor, stability in lineup.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Andrew Miller had no major medical issue in spring camp. Vitamin deficiency and medication management. Every week since has been better than last. Feels like he could pitch in regular season today.

    Still has doubts if season can be played, but everyone doing best they can. Accountability of players and staff will decide season.

    Believes players can decide to opt out at any time. No deadline, but he would have to verify.

    His family is with him in StL. Better to be there than in FL. Not sure about 1st grade son and school in the fall.

    On labor negotiations. Feels the system worked. Could have been more cordial. Fans did not want to hear in public. Comfortable with way it went down. Not expecting future carryover.

    Runner at second in extra innings. Some guys said it worked in the minors and was not as big of deal as expected. Miller feels this is a good year to try it.

    Hasn’t heard if vesting options dispute has been resolved.

    Called the time out “the longest off-season ever.” Would like to have had access to more facilities, but FL shutdown stopped his access to local fields.

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    Matt Carpenter did not have a lot of doubt he was coming back, but if his family had not wanted to come to StL, he probably would not have played.

    In quarantine was lucky to be able to do same activities as in spring camp – take ground balls, hit and train.

    Thinks DH is great, especially with StL lineup. Lot of guys fighting for playing time. One extra hitter is great. Thinks a lot of benefit in rest on body on DH days, but also is not thinking about fatigue in a three-month season.

    Not opposed to bunting with runner on 2B in extra innings. Will depend on how he is swinging the bat and the man hitting behind him. Thinks it would be great to use DH in rotation among players, but also said that someone might fall into the role.

    Other sports, college and pro. are looking at MLB as test case.

    Not surprised Wainwright threw four innings today. Not surprised at anything he does.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Adam Wainwright has been following same routine for last two years before game in warmup and weight room to get ready. Today was 4th straight outing in which he prepared like a start. Went 4, 4, 2 (only due to rainout) and 4 IP again today. Had been facing quality hitters (DeJong, Kolten, Edman) all along in StL.

    Vets (he, Carpenter, Miller, Molina, Wieters, Fowler) told players there is “no room for selfishness” with a lot at stake. Need everybody to be “good soldiers” for three months.

    On DH, he will never stop thinking the game is better with pitchers hitting. Will continue to see live hitting himself. He has 15 years experience in getting bunts down and wants to be ready. Also joked he is comfortable striking out. Will miss taking at-bats.

    Wants to play for fans, to entertain, to bring joy and excitement into peoples’ lives.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Perfect storm of unfortunate circumstances led to KK Kim being cut off from family. Has handled it exceptionally well. Was diligent in his catching with Waino.

    Waino was sharp on mound today. Kim got better as he went. Some good sliders. Both are on track. Gant also threw 2 innings. Put defense on field and had some game situations in place. Mikolas throws tomorrow. Miller to throw live batting practice tomorrow for the first time. His bullpen was good the other day.

    Montero tested positive (asymptomatic) like Cabrera and Sanchez. Quarantined. That is as specific as Shildt can get now. Getting clearer on replacement player roster plans, but not ready to share yet.

    These early camp absences compromise their ability to compete for Opening Day, especially for pitchers not able to progress from sides to pen to sim game. Three workouts done, 16 to go.

    On staying with lineup, will look more at how hitters are taking at bats and consistency and quality of pitches and not overreact to numbers and if results are not always right. Also remember that defense is how they save runs.

    Has contingency plans, but hoping it will not be a reality to use Wainwright as a hitter.

    Hicks did not feel like yesterday’s pen was his best. Played catch today. Key is now he recovers. Don’t know yet.

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    Thanks for the reports!

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    Euro DandyEuro Dandy
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    Yes, nice reports. The Miller comments confuse me unless I missed something along the way. I thought he was having trouble feeling the ball. Sounded potentially serious. Does the vitamin deficiency link to that? FWIW, Vit D deficiency has been correlated with COVID-19.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Miller said they did not find a “smoking gun” physically. No carpal tunnel or other physical problem. The only specifics he shared was a vitamin deficiency and a medication adjustment. He did not provide further details and we did not ask. At this point, he is very optimistic that he is ready.

    Thanks to all for the feedback. Happy to share and answer questions. I am obviously paraphrasing comments and am trying to double-check my shorthand for clarity.

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    Miller has to be good enough to get into 17 more games in order to collect another $10M next season. Even if he doesn’t get into those 17 games and does not pitch for the Cardinals next year, he still collects $5M.

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