The Inevitability of Death, Taxes, and Jaime Garcia’s Shoulder

“Like one, that on a lonesome road
Doth walk in fear and dread,
And having once turned round walks on,
And turns no more his head;
Because he knows, a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

It was the 800 pound gorilla in the room, the one thing you knew was just around the corner, waiting to pounce.

Jaime Garcia has discomfort in his left shoulder and will not pitch tomorrow as scheduled.  Though described as a “setback”, we all know where this is leading.  We have all seen this movie before.

Will Garcia pitch for the Cardinals in 2014?  That Magic 8 ball would say “Outlook not so good”.  I wouldn’t count on it if I was a betting woman.

So the burning question of whether Carlos Martinez will get the 5th spot in the rotation has moved to the “probable” column.  Of course, the decision could be made to put Marco Gonzales in this spot instead, seeing as he is a lefty.  However, the course has been up to this point to see Martinez get the shot to start this year that he was denied last year. Gonzales can start in AAA and be available in the event another pitching injury occurs.

Martinez has never pitched above 107 innings in any season in his career.   Marco Gonzales pitched 150 innings in 2014, divided among high-A, AA, AAA and the big leagues.  So the question about endurance for Martinez is indeed real.  However, the question is not going to be answered by anything other than letting him pitch and see how he does.  Having Gonzales on hand to step in if Martinez falters gives the Cardinals some insurance to try it.  There is also Tim Cooney, another lefty, looming in the background should the need for him arise.

Martinez, with his 95+ velocity and wicked slider, has a ceiling that excites the senses.  How can you not give him a chance?  I would much rather see him try and fail, than to hide his light in the pen.  That to me is a waste.

Marco is a solid choice, but he doesn’t have the ceiling that Martinez has.  Moreover, he is not a certainty either.  I am solidly in the Martinez camp as the 5th starter.  Marco will have his day.

In other Cardinals news, Sam Freeman was traded to the Texas Rangers today for the Player To Be Named Later or cash.  This was not unexpected, as Freeman was out of options, and thus could not be sent back down to the minors without passing through irrevocable Outright Assignment Waivers.  The likelihood of Freeman being claimed through waivers is high, and rather than lose him and get nothing in return but a minimal waiver fee, the Cardinals wisely chose to trade him for something of more value, either in the form of a warm body or more money.  The Cardinals likely felt lefty Kevin Siegrist, who has pitched well in Spring Training, was a more attractive option for the other lefty in the pen besides Choate.

I wish Sam Freeman all the luck in the world. I truly like the guy, even though he was once an evil Kansas Jayhawk.  🙂

With only 5 Spring Training games left, we will soon know who the 25 will be who are going north.   My crystal ball tells me that Garcia will land on the DL and Martinez will get the 5th starting spot.  Am I right?  Stay tuned.

Thank you for reading.

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1 Comment

  1. wannabeGM

     /  March 29, 2015

    I think you’re correct and would add Marco gets a spot in the bullpen.



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