Day 2: Bird Seed
That’s Yadier Molina, of course, pictured to the left, and it gives you a good visual image of the bullpen area down here at the Cardinals’ Florida complex. You’ll see that there is a lineup of plates, though it’s rare to see more than four pitchers throwing at once. Today, for instance, there were groups of two or three taking the mound.
Among them were several pitchers of note. Adam Wainwright (who was throwing to Molina when the picture was snapped) went first, alongside Michael Wacha and Zach Petrick. Quite the company for Petrick, who is less than two years from being an undrafted free agent thinking his baseball career could be over.
Jaime Garcia later took the mound for his first bullpen session of the spring. That’s notable, of course, because it represents another step forward in his return from shoulder surgery. You can read more about Garcia’s situation and his thoughts about the rehab process over in the notebook on cardinals.com.
Other news and notes from the day:
- In addition to the aforementioned pitchers, Sam Freeman, Jorge Rondon, Seth Maness, Keith Butler, Jordan Swagerty and Sam Gaviglio also threw bullpen sessions.
- That means that the only pitcher in camp yet to get off the mound is Jason Motte. But that’s not a surprise, nor an indication of a setback. Motte tested his arm by throwing on flat ground from 120 feet on Friday. All went well and he intends to repeat the exercise on Monday. When he will be cleared to throw from the mound has not yet been determined, but everything continues to be positive in Motte’s journey back from Tommy John surgery.
- Among the position players to report to camp on Friday were Allen Craig, Peter Bourjos and Pete Kozma. Along with the other position players, they participated in batting practice and some light defensive drills. The first full squad workout is still several days away.
- Bourjos introduced himself to new teammates in a unique way, too … by defeating many of them in ping-pong. Matt Holliday went down first, then Maness, then Wainwright. Just hours early, Maness had been pegged as the early leader in ping-pong skill. Said manager Mike Matheny, in response to another question: “He’s just a phenomenal athlete all around. I found out he’s the best ping-pong player that we’ve got. We found out he’s the best golfer that we have. Probably checkers and chess, too.”
- Former Cardinals players-turned-guest instructors always make their way to Jupiter, Fla., each spring. Here now is former reliever Jason Isringhausen.
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