Oscar Taveras, who had right ankle surgery last season, is sidelined indefinitely with a tight hamstring in the same leg. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Taveras won't come north with the team if he can't show he can be 100 percent.
Bank on it - Taveras will begin the year in the minors. He's yet to prove capable of remaining on the field, and until he does it's highly unlikely he'll get a ticket to St. Louis. An elite talent, we'll likely be waiting until June to see Taveras in the big leagues. ANALYST: Ray Flowers