The St. Louis Cardinals have five players from their organization that will be competing in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Pitcher Fernando Salas will be playing for Mexico. Outfielder Carlos Beltran and catcher Yadier Molina will be playing for Puerto Rico. Pitcher Richard Castillo who is in the Cardinals minor league system will be playing for Spain. Relief pitcher Mitchell Boggs will play for the United States.
Salas’ first game for Mexixo is Thursday, March 7, against Italy at Salt River Fields in Phoenix Ariz.
Boggs first game is against Fernando Salas and Mexico on Friday March 8th at Chase Field in Arizona.
Beltran and Molina’s first game for Puerto Rico is Friday, March 8, against Spain and fellow teammate Richard Castillo at Hiram Bithhorn Stadium in Puerto Rico.
Boggs started throwing two weeks earlier than usual this year to prepare for the WBC, but other than that his routine has been the same, reported mlb.com Cardinals reporter Jenifer Langosch.
“For me, I would want to stay on whatever normal rotation I would have been on anyways,” Boggs said. “I don’t want to squeeze a bunch of games in here just to get them in. I don’t want to try and force something this early. Right now, it’s just getting all my pitches where I need to be before I get out there. That’s a good place to be in without having to worry about arm strength and things like that. Now I’m just able to fine tune everything.”
– – Mike Bednarowicz