Day 5: Bird Seed

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Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (pictured, left) visited camp today for a few hours and was out on the backfields with current manager Mike Matheny watching some catching instruction. He’s one of several former Cardinals to already make guest appearances (some extended ones) at Spring Training.

Ozzie Smith has arrived, too, and will be helping provide instruction during infield and baserunning drills. Jason Isringhausen has been here, as has Red Schoendienst and Cal Eldred. Before camp ends, the Cardinals expect appearances from Lou Brock, Whitey Herzog and Willie McGee. Invitations have also been extended to Bob Gibson and Bruce Sutter. In other words, there should be no shortage of resources for the Cardinals’ current players as they prepare for the season.

Some other notes from a beautiful Monday in Jupiter:

  • For the first time this spring, a pitcher listed on the schedule to throw did not. That would be Kevin Siegrist, who skipped his bullpen session on Monday due to some left arm soreness. Siegrist downplayed the issue and said he expects to be pitching again soon.
  • Those who did throw off the mound on Monday included Joe Kelly, Carlos Martinez, Lee Stoppelman, Shelby Miller, Pat Neshek, Tyler Lyons, Marco Gonzales, Lance Lynn, Eric Fornataro, Angel Castro, Randy Choate and Tim Cooney.
  • Today marked the report date for position players, though it was mostly a moot point since so many players had reported early. One new arrival today was infielder Mark Ellis, who arrives for his first Spring Training outside of Arizona.

  • The Cardinals will hold their first full-squad workout tomorrow, after Matheny addresses the clubhouse in a team meeting.
  • One of the points of emphasis during catching instruction so far has been preparing catchers for the proposed ban on home-plate collisions. As has been covered extensively already, this is an issue near and dear to Matheny, whose career ended because of concussions he sustained behind the plate. Click here to read about the changes the Cardinals catchers are adopting.

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