Day 9: ‘Bird Seed
With Tuesday in the books, the Cardinals have three more workout days remaining before Grapefruit League games start on Saturday. They have also now completed their first rotation of live batting practices. Every pitcher in camp (aside from Carlos Martinez, who isn’t here) has thrown a session of live BP. The fact that no one has been stalled or held back to this point speaks to the positives on the health side.
Remember, it was about this time last spring that you started to see Jordan Swagerty stop showing up on the daily pitching schedule. His elbow was bothering him at the time, and it was later determined he’d have to undergo elbow surgery. Speaking of Swagerty, you’ll find a note about his progress back in today’s cardinals.com notebook. Nice transition, eh?
Anyways, onto some notes about the day:
- Throwing live BP today was Adam Wainwright, Joe Kelly, Edward Mujica, John Gast, Maikel Cleto, Keith Butler and Jorge Rondon. Lance Lynn, Jake Westbrook and Fernando Salas each threw side sessions.
- Pitchers and position players spent some time working together on bunt defenses today before splitting up into their different defensive units. Afterward, I noticed that Daniel Descalso pulled Matt Carpenter aside to talk to him about a few particular of second base. It struck me that someone who is being challenged for playing time would initiate helping his competition. That prompted me to ask Descalso about it afterward. You might be impressed with what he said about his obligation to teach. Read it here.
- Speaking of the infielders, coach Jose Oquendo has been keeping a few behind each afternoon for additional instruction. Today he stayed out on the field with Descalso, Carpenter and Ronny Cedeno long after all other players had wrapped up workouts.
- Grapefruit League games begin on Saturday, but you won’t be seeing Rafael Furcal in them for a while. The Cardinals want to continue to bring Furcal along slowly. He has yet to throw at full effort, though I’d estimate he’s throwing at about 75-80 percent in some of these drills. Manager Mike Matheny stressed, though, that Furcal is still supposed to be good-to-go by Opening Day.
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