The Wild Card

Too many questions.
Early use unreasonable.

Joe shouldn’t have been surprised, but he was.

It seemed a panic move when Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak threw wild money at lefty reliever Brett Cecil a short time after it was learned Zach Duke was lost for the season (and maybe forever) to Tommy John surgery, Joe didn’t get the rush.

Now, the clouds are parting.

The reason Joe didn’t get the move at first was Marco Gonzales, a prized lefty prospect himself, was coming back from Tommy John surgery. Alas, writes J.J. Bailey of KMOV.com, it will be a couple of months for Gonzales to be facing real batters, perhaps not until late-May.

If his resolve holds, Gonzales could be a subject of St. Louis conversations once again. With the Cardinals down one top arm (Alex Reyes) and relying on a few others that are returning from injury, insurance is desperately needed. Gonzales has a path back to the majors, despite the setbacks in recent years. To get back to The Show, the one with the highest stakes and biggest audiences, he needs to walk a less exciting path; one forged on the back fields of Jupiter when no one is watching.

This explains, sort of, the rush to nab Cecil. *If* Gonzales can pitch, it may not be until Memorial Day Weekend and clearly he won’t start throwing at live batters in St. Louis. So there was too much unknown here with Gonzales to pin hopes or plans on him being a valuable piece out of the pen, or since Alex Reyes was hurt, a potential starter.

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