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We interrupt this programming to freak the heck out about Sonny Gray – A Hunt and Peck

Look, I think it’s safe to say we are all worried about the St. St. Louis Cardinals starting pitching depth (or perhaps lack thereof). We were worried before the Cardinals probable top starter Sonny Gray went down in Spring Training with an injury and were certainly worried after.

The most concerning part about this video to me? This head shake from Matt Carpenter:

The grimace. The dismissal. It’s a veteran’s headshake. The headshake of a man that had looked the devil in the eye and told him to turn up the heat. That is a man doomed to hold up the heavens for eternity and saw it as a training opportunity. That head shake is worth 1000 words.

Some good news on the injury, relatively speaking, is that it is just a mild strain and hopefully that means it isn’t one of those lingering hamstring injuries that last anywhere from six weeks to six years. Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

In line for his rotation spot as of now looks to be Matthew Liberatore or Zach Thompson. I couldn’t possibly venture to guess who is more likely of the two. I think Thompson had the better 2023 season, but Liberatore started to look good toward the end of the season. Of course, it’s a new year entirely so maybe Spring Training performance will weigh heavily. Or maybe the Cardinals sign another starter and this speculation is moot, though per Katie Woo of The Athletic, that’s probably not an avenue they will take:

Regardless, it is bad news for the Cardinals, but it is something that can be overcome as of now. Still, I wanted to give Cardinals fans a space to freak the heck out, to voice their concerns into the void and let them wash away down the virtual river. Here, I’ll go first.

WHAT IN THE HECK DO YOU MEAN SONNY GRAY IS HURT? HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GUY THIS YEAR HE WAS GOING TO START OPENING DAY HE WAS GOING TO PLAY HEART AND SOUL ON THE PIANO HE WAS GOING TO DO MY TAXES THIS IS WHY EVERYONE SAID THEY SHOULD PURSUE MORE DEPTH AT STARTING PITCHING AND NOW LIKE ICARUS FLYING TOO CLOSE THE SUN THE WAX WINGS HAVE BEGUN TO MELT LIKE COME THE HECK ON AND THEN OF THE COURSE JORDAN MONTGOMERY IS JUST SITTING OUT THERE WAITING TO BE SIGNED HOW ABOUT KICKING THE TIRES THERE MAYBE JUST A THOUGHT? THIS IS JUST TERRIBLE NEWS SIGN EVERYONE SIGN NO ONE SIGN THEM ALL SIGN THE MALL CALL THE BUTCHER CALL THE BAKER CALL THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU GET SOME HOT WATER GET SOME DISINFECTANT GET SOME IODINE! OH WHAT A WORLD, WHAT A WORLD!

Ah. I feel better. It’ll probably be fine.

Hurt Cardinals ace Sonny Gray could miss Opening Day | Associated Press | ESPN

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