Day 3: Bird Seed

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

wpid-0215141116.jpgThe clubhouse here at the Cardinals’ spring home is nearly full — which is quite the contrast to the other half of this complex where the Marlins have not yet had their first pitchers/catchers workout of the spring. Manager Mike Matheny has wasted no time — and players have jumpstarted the process by arriving early. The latest position players to check in were Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay, who did so today.

By my count, the only member of the 40-man roster yet to arrive is Mark Ellis, though he is due in tomorrow. It is not uncommon for veteran players (and the Cardinals don’t have all that many) to arrive in the final wave, as they tend to have a better idea of what they need to do to get ready for the season and don’t have to be in camp to accomplish that work. A few non-roster invitees still remain en route, too.

There has been little news so far in camp (usually a good sign for the team, not so much for journalists), but here are a few final nuggets from the day:

  • A group of 13 players each threw their second bullpen session of the spring. Those pitchers included Lance Lynn, Eric Fornataro, Angel Castro, Randy Choate, Kevin Siegrist, Tim Cooney, Joe Kelly, Carlos Martinez, Lee Stoppelman, Shelby Miller, Pat Neshek, Tyler Lyons and Marco Gonzales

  • The pitchers not throwing on a particular day still have a rotation of workouts to participate in. This is when therewpid-0215141101.jpg is time made for bunting and fielding drills. Pitchers have also been taking tips on how to better control the run game and avoid tipping pitches.
  • Several players spent their pre-workout time engrossed in the US-Russia Olympics hockey game. Unfortunately, they all missed the ending (and heroics from fellow St. Louis pro athlete TJ Oshie), as workouts began about the time that regulation ended. “This is baseball season,” manager Mike Matheny deadpanned after being asked if he considered delaying the start. The irony is that his daughter, Katie, is the middle of her collegiate hockey season.
  • Remember catcher Rob Johnson, a midseason callup for the Cardinals last season? Well, he has resurfaced… in San Diego… as a pitcher. Perhaps we should have all seen this coming, as Johnson struck out the only batter he faced in a mop-up appearance for the Cardinals last season.

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