When Alex Reyes showed up to Spring Training in early February, pitching instructor and former Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter pulled him aside. He wanted to share some advice with the Cardinals’ former top prospect who was coming off his first healthy offseason in three years.
“He just said, ‘You go out there on the mound and forget about any expectations,’” Reyes recalled. “Forget about everything. It’s pretty much whatever you have in your control, go out and show it. Don't feel like you have to prove yourself, just be you and you’ll be fine.”
Andrew Miller has lost control, and neither he nor the Cardinals know why.
The two-time All-Star and 2016 ALCS MVP with Cleveland will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time as he tries to regain the feel for his pitches.
"The sensation I have throwing a baseball now just isn't consistent with what it is when I know I'm good," Miller said.
Miller struggles to describe the feeling he experiences when releasing the ball. It's not pain. There's no burning or tingling. It simply doesn't feel right.
Scheduled to pitch in relief on Monday, Miller cut short his warm-up after several tosses badly missed his target.
"I wasn't worried about hurting myself," Miller said. "The stuff that's been bothering me and I've been trying to work through, it just wasn't getting better."
That outing followed a wild Grapefruit League debut Friday during which Miller allowed one run in one inning while hitting two batters, including Tim Tebow.
Thats a bummer. I was looking forward to that series.London series has been officially cancelled
Honestly, I would love for him to retire a Cardinal, but better to move on then for the Card's to give him a 2 year $20M/yr extension. If he did something similar to Wainwright, I would be good with that.Molina, in an interview with an ESPN reporter today, said that he'd be willing to test free agency after this season.
I agree that his body has to love the extra downtime.I can understand his reasoning behind it though. He'll be 38 in July and a likely shortened season will do wonders for his knees and legs.
My thought always was that Yadi would retire whenever Waino did.