Crowd gathers at Stan Musial statue outside Busch Stadium


FOX Sports Midwest provides the picture below of the crowd of Cardinals fans gathering in front of the Stan Musial statue outside Busch Stadium’s third base gate. It was taken around 10:30 p.m. local time.


And here’s a message on a ball, provided by B.J. Rains, that was left by a young fan at the statue’s base:


“Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight,” reads the statue’s inscription.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.