“Bizarre” gave the impression to be the operative phrase to explain Nolan Arenado’s first recreation in opposition to his former staff.
“Yeah, form of bizarre,” St. Louis’ star third baseman mentioned Friday earlier than the Cardinals hosted the Rockies at Busch Stadium. “Completely different feelings. Anxiousness, just a little bit, I assume, in a means.”
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, who performed alongside Arenado for 5 seasons and considers Arenado a mentor, mentioned: “It’s going to be, clearly, fairly bizarre. Me and Nolan are fairly good mates and we constructed a great relationship. I’m trying ahead to seeing him on the opposite facet and enjoying in opposition to him, though it is going to be bizarre.”
It’s been 94 days since Arenado bought his want and the Rockies acquiesced and traded him to the Cardinals — together with $51 million — for left-hander Austin Gomber and 4 prospects. As destiny would have it, Gomber, drafted within the fourth spherical by the Cardinals in 2014, began for the Rockies Friday night time.
But it surely was Arenado who was within the media highlight Friday. He mentioned nothing that may fire up controversy following essentially the most controversial commerce in Rockies historical past.
Requested if he had any regrets about his public feud with former Rockies common supervisor Jeff Bridich, and the way the commerce finally went down, Arenado answered: “I assume my solely remorse would most likely be that I let it get into the media. That may most likely be my solely remorse. However I’ve no regrets moreover that.”
Requested for his response to Bridich’s resignation on April 26, Arenado answered: “I assume it was just a bit shock. However, you understand, I’m not there anymore. So what am I gonna do?”
The third baseman, who performed eight seasons in Colorado, went out of his technique to make it clear that he has solely good emotions for his former staff and its followers. He additionally mentioned he wouldn’t attempt to dissuade gamers, resembling Story, who’s scheduled to turn out to be a free agent on the finish of the season, from staying with the Rockies.
“On the finish of the day, everyone has to decide for themselves and their careers,” he mentioned. “I’ll by no means sit right here and canine the Rockies — ever. I might by no means try this. I might by no means say you shouldn’t signal with them or something like that. I wouldn’t try this. It’s simply not proper. If (you) love Colorado, then you must keep in Colorado.”
Arenado entered Friday’s recreation hitting .276 with 5 house runs, 9 doubles and one triple. He’d pushed in 22 runs and posted an OPS of .824.
“I really feel like I’m enjoying fairly good, serving to the staff win,” he mentioned of the Cardinals, who entered the sport 18-14 and in first place within the Nationwide League Central. “I’m having some good at-bats, driving some runs in. Like I mentioned, I’m blissful. We’re successful ballgames and I’m contributing.”
As Story put it, Arenado “loves, breathes and dies” baseball, so baseball-crazy St. Louis is the proper metropolis for the third baseman.
“Completely,” Arenado mentioned. “The whole lot in regards to the followers and simply the entire custom right here is unbelievable. They respect good baseball after which they respect the opposing (staff’s) baseball too.
“In the event you make an important play on the opposing facet and play laborious and do little issues, they respect it, too. They perceive the sport. So it’s been superior. I actually love each a part of it.”
Welker suspension. Infield prospect Colton Welker was suspended for 80 video games by Main League Baseball Thursday after testing optimistic for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), a performance-enhancing substance. It was a giant blow for Welker, who was scheduled to start this season at Triple-A Albuquerque, and who didn’t play final season when the minor league baseball season was worn out by the pandemic.
“He was getting nearer,” supervisor Bud Black mentioned, when requested if Welker was virtually major-league prepared. “Like so many different gamers, he was damage by no baseball final 12 months. When a man indicators out of highschool and makes that progress to get to Triple-A, and also you don’t get there, it’s a bummer, man.”
Footnotes. Proper-hander Antonio Senzatela threw a strong bullpen on Friday and can quickly rejoin the beginning rotation. … Lefty Kyle Freeland (strained shoulder), right-hander Yency Almonte (bruised proper hand) and second baseman Brendan Rodgers (strained hamstring) participated in one other simulated recreation Friday. Black mentioned that if Freeland and Rodgers report again wholesome on Saturday morning, they may begin enjoying for Triple-A Albuquerque as quickly as subsequent week.