Adam Wainwright tossed a spring-high 93 pitches in a Grapefruit League appearance Tuesday afternoon against the Marlins and was officially declared the Cardinals’ Opening Night starter after the outing by manager Mike Matheny. This according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
A late-February abdominal injury threw off Waino’s early-spring throwing schedule, but he was able to catch up over the past month and he’ll take the hill against the rival Cubs on Sunday evening at Wrigley Field. This will be the fourth time Waino has pitched an opener for the Cards. Following him in the rotation will be Lance Lynn, John Lackey, Michael Wacha, and Carlos Martinez — not necessarily in that order.
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The Mets announced a few minutes ago that they have traded Wilmer Font to Toronto for cash considerations.
Font was acquired by the Mets from Tampa Bay for a player to be named later back in early May. That player to be named later was later named: Neraldo Catalina. Catalina is 19 and is playing rookie ball right now. The Mets have now turned him into cash. I suppose we’ll see if that was a good idea in a few years.
As for the Jays, they get a pitcher who posted a 5.79 ERA in 10 relief appearances for the Rays and then started three games and relieved 12 in New York to the tune of a 4.94 ERA. On the season he has a combined K/BB ratio of 42/18 in 45 innings.
He’s an arm. He cost cash. That’s about all I have to say about that.