St. Louis Cardinals: Five Spring Training Concerns

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Mar 6, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; A detail shot of a St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap and glove during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; A detail shot of a St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap and glove during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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4. Steering clear of the injury bug

Everybody reading this please pause to perform your most effective superstitious ritual so that we can keep the baseball gods happy, and our Cardinals healthy.

Thanks for that.

I all seriousness, though, this club cannot lose anybody else for and extended period of time (duh). Lance Lynn and Jhonny Peralta are plenty for me.

While last year’s performance in terms of playing time lost to injury was admirable, I’d rather go ahead and try and attack this thing as close to full strength as we can.

No, the past does not necessarily predict the future, but it seems like there are more guys with significant injury history on the Cards’ roster than not.

Adam Wainwright has missed entire seasons on two separate instances. We know about Matt Holliday, Matt Adams, Yadier Molina, Jordan Walden and Carlos Martinez from a year ago.

Tommy Pham has struggled staying healthy his entire career, and Randal Grichuk has been fairly injury-prone as well.

Michael Wacha had the shoulder trouble in 2014, Jaime Garcia has his history, and even Kevin Siegrist missed major time in 2014 with forearm problems.

Here’s to each and every one of those guys staying on the field and turning in productive 2016 campaigns.

Next: Distracted Trevor Rosenthal?

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