In his first outing since returning from Tommy John surgery, Jason Motte pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and gave up one hit with one strikeout against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Motte was stellar in his season debut on Wednesday, but continued to display loss in velocity (93 MPH) since averaging out at 97 MPH back in his glory days. Although the Cardinals will give Trevor Rosenthal every chance to get things right, with the return of Motte, there is a chance a change could come int he ninth inning sooner rather than later. Rosenthal owners will want to add Motte as a handcuff as a safety blanket in the near future.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Aaron Harang won't pitch Wednesday as he's working on some mechanical issues.
It should be interesting to see the results of these tweaks. Harang's season last year was nothing short of surprising as he posted a career-best 3,57 ERA. His lost a little off his K/BB ratio, but overall, the season was a big success for him. Can he maintain it? It's going to be tough in a park like Philly's and a ground ball rate below 40-percent. He's not going to be someone to draft, but keep an eye on his early and maybe think about adding him early if he has a nice run to open the season. Analysis: Howard Bender