JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals are opening Grapefruit League play by featuring three starting pitchers likely vying for one rotation spot. Following Carlos Martinez and preceding Jaime Garcia, Marco Gonzales made his first pitch on Friday as he seeks to find a way onto the Major League roster.
Gonzales' fate may well be determined by factors he can't control. Unless he unravels over the next month, Martinez will retain the inside track on the rotation job. Gonzales' pursuit of a bullpen job could be impeded by the performance of the other lefty relievers in camp.