Feb 19, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (34) poses for a picture during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Scrabble suffers freak injury in golf outing


Pitchers are known to golf frequently but one recent outing could affect the Opening Day roster.


In a freak accident, Marc Rzepczynski recently got hit by debris after teeing off. Scrabble was joined at Admiral’s Cove by Randy Choate, Seth Maness and Lanc Lynn.

Interestingly enough, it was the newest Cardinal, Randy Choate, that drove Scrabble back to the Cardinals complex in Jupiter to be evaluated by a member of the training staff. He was sent to an eye doctor and will have a checkup on Monday. Choate reports that when he spoke with Scrabble later that the eye was “bruised” and that there was no damage to the retina.

Rzepczynski last pitched on Thursday, following a week-long layoff he had due to left biceps soreness. He was scheduled to return to the mound Saturday. Now that Rzepczynski is sidelined indefinitely, the Cardinals have to consider the possibility that the lefty won’t be ready at the start of the season.

Here’s to a speedy recovery for the left-hander who is in his third season as a Cardinal. Of left-handed relievers in camp, only Sam Freeman and Kevin Siegrist are on the club’s 40-man roster.

Meanwhile, Adam Wainwright got the start today against the Miami Marlins and handled them through 4 2/3 innings, striking out 6. It’s funny that an autograph request is the reason why he did so well today. Wainwright will postpone contract talks until after the season if nothing is reached by Opening Day

In other news, manager Mike Matheny is returning to St. Louis to undergo a microdiscectomy. A ruptured disc is rubbing up against a nerve and a fragment from said disc will be removed. Best wishes to the skipper for a speedy recovery.

Matheny did speak about Matt Carpenter‘s progress at second base.

“When I watched him early on, I was very confident that this was something he was going to be able to do,” manager Mike Matheny said. “He looks good. He looks good on the turns. That was our main concern that making sure that he was comfortable enough around the bag to stay out of harm’s way. He’s making some tough plays and seems to be working well with the other middle infielders. That’s all we could ask from him.”

Matheny added that Daniel Descalso is still an option and that they could platoon the two infielders.

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