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Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras still hurting, unlikely to be on Opening Day roster

Mar 11, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

Oscar Taveras AP

Oscar Taveras‘ ankle problems have lingered following last season’s surgery and now the stud outfield prospect is having hamstring issues in the same leg, so it sounds like the Cardinals have all but ruled out his making the team.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Taveras “needed for everything to go right” to make the team out of spring training to begin with and the injuries have made it impossible to see him in game action.

Which is no big deal as long as Taveras can eventually get healthy, because he’s still just 21 years old, still one of the best prospects in baseball, and still could benefit from some time at Triple-A after missing all but 46 games there last season.

  1. ame123 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Its kind of a big deal to lose an entire year of development and still not be healthy.

    • spudchukar - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      He had major surgery in August. Some things take time. He is still very young. Disappointing for him no doubt, but for the Cards, only a blip. Even if healthy there was a great chance he would have started in AAA, and it behooves the Cards to keep him in Memphis until some time in June.

      • bfunk1978 - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        It’s not like the Cardinals have playing room for all these corner OF prospects if they wind up being any good. Piscotty, Taveras, Grichuk…with Holliday and Craig signed through 2017 at least (Craig is only in there if Adams pans out at first).

      • spudchukar - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        Not sure I actually get your point? So far Adams has “panned out” quite well.

      • bfunk1978 - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        He only got about a half-season’s worth of PAs last year. Pitching will adjust and he’ll have to adjust. I’m hopeful (because I’m a Cardinals fan) but concerned.

      • spudchukar - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        He has hit at every level, including the Bigs. He has a short, compact powerful stroke, and he adjusted well in 2013. He dumped a bunch of weight, worked overtime taking the ball the other way, and spent a great deal of time hitting lefties in the off-season. The Cards don’t have many worries, but Adams isn’t high on the list of those that they do.

        Focus on Wong and Peralta, if you need to worry.

      • bfunk1978 - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        Wong has me very worried but he’s not part of this many-corner-OF-prospects love hexagon.

  2. ereed1286 - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Holliday, Bourjos, Craig, Jay, Robinson, Piscotty, Grichuk.

    If there’s a silver lining, atleast we don’t actually NEED an outfielder.

    • yahmule - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      Since only two of those guys are good, you do.

      This is disappointing. He played on Friday and Saturday and I hoped he was past the leg issues.

      • spudchukar - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        While defining subjective terms like “good” is always tricky. The suggestion that Jay, Bourjos, and Robinson are all not good is a disservice to their play.

      • ereed1286 - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        That really depends on your definition of “good”. Having Jay, who would start on most teams in MLB, as your 4th outfielder, and Robinson as your 5th, is pretty solid if you ask me. Holliday and Craig are in there purely for offense, which is why Bourjos was brought in for a speed and range upgrade in CF. I agree Piscotty and Grichuk aren’t prized prospects but have showed a lot of promise up to this point and are viable options to bring up if you need more OF depth with Taveras out.

        I agree that it’s disappointing, but from a depth perspective I don’t think now’s the time to panic.

      • yahmule - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Well, let me know when. I like that point just before panic becomes mass hysteria. Counter-intuitively, I find it somewhat soothing.

      • spudchukar - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        ereed, Grichuk has had some difficulty making contact, but he has opened some eyes in ST. And Piscotti is definitely a prospect and a very good one, and is knocking on the Big League door.

  3. yahmule - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Someone talk Jason Parks off the ledge.

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:44 PM





  4. nsstlfan - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    I hate to say it but looks like they should have traded him when his value was still high

    • yahmule - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Washed up @ 21. What a pity.

  5. evansox - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    AKA “Minor League Guy On Third.”

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