Day 2: ‘Bird Seed
Temperatures climbed into the 80s on Tuesday, which certainly added to the ideal setting the Cardinals had for the start of camp. For all the attention paid to Monday’s report date for pitchers and catchers, it’s the day after that truly kicks off Spring Training. So with that, we’re officially underway.
The morning was quiet on Tuesday, as players went through various stations to complete their physical exams. The coaching staff held its daily meeting, which was followed by a team meeting. Manager Mike Matheny led the gathering, though he’ll save his most prominent talking points until Friday, when the Cardinals hold their first full team meeting .
Today, Matheny laid out guidelines and expectations for camp. He has reminded the young players to soak up the experience and to take advantage of an opportunity to impress. To the veterans, Matheny has challenged them to be an example to the younger ones in camp.
Then, at about 10:30 a.m. ET, the pitchers and catchers headed to Field 1 to begin stretching. A short workout followed, with most players off the field before 1 pm ET.
Some additional news, notes and observations from the day:
- Pitchers have been divided into two groups (easily identified as throwers and non-throwers) and will rotate turns on the mound every other day during these early camp days. Today, 14 pitchers threw bullpen session. Those pitchers included Mitchell Boggs, Eric Fornataro, Michael Blazek, Jason Motte, Trevor Rosenthal, Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, Sam Freeman, Seth Maness, Randy Choate, Marc Rzepczynski, Kevin Siegrest and Tyler Lyons.
- There is purpose in every group assignment as Matheny likes to pair young pitchers with more experienced ones. That’s one reason why he put Motte in a group with Miller, Rosenthal and Wacha. Talk about an exciting four-some to observe pitching side-by-side.
- Garcia estimated that he threw 35-40 pitches during his session. Afterward, he talked about his progression back from a left shoulder injury. You can read his words here.
- The group of non-throwers participated in fielding drills, while position players who arrived early also had a light fielding program that they worked through.
- The number for Lance Lynn is 40 — as in 40 pounds dropped this winter. Find out how he did it and what prompted him to take action by reading today’s feature story on cardinals.com.
- More position players are beginning to trickle in. David Freese, Allen Craig, Daniel Descalso and Ryan Jackson were among the new arrivals on Tuesday.
- The only pitcher (aside from Chris Carpenter, who is not expected to be here at all) who hasn’t arrived in Jupiter yet is Carlos Martinez. He has hit some work visa problems as he tries to leave the Dominican Republic. Visa troubles are common at this time a year, and I often hear fans grumble about a player being at fault for not making sure a visa is secured on time. That is not always a fair accusation. Players often have little control of when their home country will process the work visa application. I was told that Martinez began the application process in what should have been plenty of time for it to be completed.
- GM John Mozeliak said the Ronny Cedeno is likely to be caught up in visa issues, too, as he comes from Venezuela. Cedeno’s problem stems from the fact that he didn’t sign his contract until late January. That delayed his application process. Mozeliak did not indicate how many days late Cedeno might be.
- For those still holding out hope for a Cardinals reunion with Kyle Lohse, don’t count on it. Mozeliak reiterated today that he is comfortable with the team’s starting pitching depth and doesn’t anticipate going out to add to it.
- Adam Wainwright and the organization have not made progress with his extension talks. More on that here.
- Matt Carpenter’s tutelage at second base continued today; he and Jose Oquendo focused specifically on the cut-off play and where Carpenter needs to position himself in the field when relaying a cut-off throw from the different outfielders.
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