Camping out Sunday
Worth noting on Sunday:
* Wes Helms and Albert Pujols avoided a nasty collision in the first inning. Helms hit a grounder to third, and the Cardinals were attempting to turn a 5-4-3 double play. But second baseman Skip Schumaker’s throw to first was off line. Pujols reached for backhand play, and Helms went airborne to avoid crashing into the All-Star first baseman. Helms actually did a good job leaping over Pujols, but in the process, his cleat caught Pujols in the head/shoulder area. For a few minutes, Pujols was tended to by the Cardinals trainers. He was fine, and continued playing.
* John Lindsey, a 32-year-old non-roster invitee, is quietly been a real professional in camp. Lindsey has been in the Minor Leagues since 1995, and he has yet to see time in the big leagues. He’s played pretty solid defensively at first base in intrasquad scrimmages and B Games. On Sunday, he took grounders at third base. “He must have read the paper and saw we had opportunity at third,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said jokingly.
* Alejandro De Aza continues to be worth watching Spring Training. If he steps up, he could once again find himself in position to make the Opening Day roster. The key for him is to stay healthy. In each of the last two seasons, he was injured either at the end of Spring Training or the beginning of the season.
* On Tuesday, the Marlins are off from Grapefruit League play, but Andrew Miller is slated to throw in an intrasquad scrimmage with Minor Leaguers. Most of the big leaguers will be given the full day off. Miller is throwing to stay on his schedule.
– Joe Frisaro