03/11/11 7:13 PM EST
Siegal throws batting practice to Cardinals
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
Wearing a No. 15 jersey in honor of her daughter's birth date, Justine Siegal threw batting practice to three St. Louis hitters at Roger Dean Stadium prior to the game against Detroit. Siegal, who this spring became the first woman to throw batting practice to a Major League team, continued her tour of big league camps, throwing to David Freese, Ryan Theriot and Skip Schumaker.
Siegal is trying to raise awareness of women and girls who love and want to play baseball, as well as honoring Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old killed in the January shooting in Tucson, Ariz. She's also living out a lifelong wish.
"The reason why I'm doing this is to show that baseball is a game for all, and that girls and women really want to get in the game and be a part of the game and not just watch," Siegal said. "Another thing that I'm doing is wearing [a] patch for Christina Taylor Green. ... She was the only girl on her baseball team, and her dream was to play in the Major Leagues. So I'm just giving part of my dream to her family and keeping her legacy going."
Cards not worried about Samuel's shoulder
JUPITER, Fla. -- On Friday, a day after he was removed from the Cardinals' game against the Braves due to a shoulder injury, reliever Francisco Samuel expressed minimal worry over the condition. Samuel was pulled after coming down with some discomfort in the joint on Thursday in Orlando.
Teammate Jaime Garcia, translating for Samuel, told reporters that Samuel "pulled something on one pitch. He said he was throwing, and on one pitch he felt a little pull thing going on. He said he feels a lot better today. He's going to get it checked out."
Manager Tony La Russa also does not believe Samuel's condition to be particularly serious.
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"It's not surgical," La Russa said. "Looks like they've just got to rest and treat it."
Samuel was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Friday afternoon.
Boggs returning to action on Saturday
JUPITER, Fla. -- Mitchell Boggs is slated to pitch for the Cardinals on Saturday against the Twins, 11 days after he strained his lower back in his first appearance of the spring.
Boggs was available as a backup reliever if urgently needed on Friday. However, despite 14 walks issued by St. Louis pitchers, the Cardinals managed to stay with their scheduled hurlers and hold back Boggs one more day. Boggs threw a bullpen session on Wednesday, so the preference was to give him two full days before returning him to action.
Still, he is eager to pitch.
"I feel good," Boggs said. "I'm ready to go."
Boggs' prominence in the Cardinals' bullpen is likely to be increased in 2011 with the probable move of setup man Kyle McClellan to the starting rotation.
Duncan not hurt after being hit with foul ball
JUPITER, Fla. -- Pitching coach Dave Duncan received a scare and an annoyance but no significant injury when he was hit in the nose by a foul ball during a live batting practice session on Friday morning.
Duncan was standing at the batting cage at Field 5 of the Spring Training complex, watching Chris Carpenter and David Kopp throw to hitters. Kopp threw to Tony Cruz, and when Cruz fouled off the pitch, the ball hit the netting that protects observers standing behind the cage. Duncan was close enough to the cage that when the netting stretched, both the ball and the netting hit him in the nose.
Duncan was taken to the clubhouse in a golf cart but returned to the fields later in the morning and took his usual post in the Cardinals' dugout for their 7-4 loss to the Tigers.
Noting the 14 walks issued by St. Louis pitcher, manager Tony La Russa quipped that being hit was the least of Duncan's irritations on Friday.
"I think the one o'clock pitching was worse than the 10 o'clock chop to the nose," La Russa joked.
Cardinals cut seven players from roster
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals made their second round of cuts on Friday, following a morning staff meeting that included both coaches and front-office personnel.
Seven players were sent out, six from the 40-man roster. The club optioned pitchers David Kopp, Adam Reifer, Francisco Samuel and P.J. Walters, plus shortstop Pete Kozma, to Triple-A Memphis and optioned pitcher Maikel Cleto to Class A Palm Beach. In addition, pitcher Adam Ottavino was returned to Minor League camp and will join the Memphis roster.
With these moves, the Cardinals have 45 players in Major League camp. Two of those, Adam Wainwright and Nick Punto, are unavailable for an extended period of time due to injuries that required surgery.
The Cardinals honored their rookie-level Johnson City affiliate on the field prior to Friday's game. The Johnson City Cardinals won the 2010 Appalachian League championship. ... Fernando Salas made his team-leading fifth appearance of the spring on Friday and has yet to allow a run. ... Joe Kelly walked five consecutive batters in the third inning on Friday -- more walks than any other Cardinal has issued on the spring.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.