Day 6: Bird Seed
Full squad workouts for the Cardinals began today, and as always, Red Schoendienst (pictured, left) was there to observe it all as he drove his golf cart from one field to the next. Schoendienst, 91, has been a fixture at Spring Training for more than six decades.
He wasn’t the only former Cardinal in uniform today. Both Jim Edmonds and Ozzie Smith spent time on the field instructing groups of players. Smith even jumped into drills, taking groundballs at third base alongside Matt Carpenter. He joked afterward that it was an opportunity to work some muscles that don’t get used all that often anymore.
Here are a few more notes from today’s workout:
- It was notable seeing Carpenter back at third base, only because last spring we tracked his every movement, his every play at second base. The way the Cardinals structured their fielding groups also gives you an indication of the internal depth chart. Carpenter was at third (with Smith). Jhonny Peralta and Daniel Descalso worked at short. Kolten Wong and Mark Ellis handled second. And Matt Adams took care of first.
- As for Pete Kozma, he was over on another field getting work with players who are expected to start in the Minors.
- Allen Craig, who expects to open the season as a right fielder, did his work with the outfielders on Tuesday. He will get some repetitions at first base, but that will come at a later date.
- After defensive work wrapped up, position players rotated through various stations working on bunting, hit-and-run scenarios, situational hitting and baserunning. They all took batting practice, as well, before wrapping up the day.
- Over on the pitching side of things, the following pitchers threw bullpen sessions: Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Zack Petrick, Sam Freeman, Jorge Rondon, Jaime Garcia, Seth Maness, Keith Butler, Trevor Rosenthal, Jordan Swagerty and Sam Gaviglio.
- Jason Motte also threw off the mound today, though not at the same effort level as the rest of the pitchers. Still, this marked the second time that Motte has now gotten off a mound to test his arm. So far, everything has been positive.
- Manager Mike Matheny reiterated that Kevin Siegrist, despite not throwing on his scheduled day Monday, is just fine. The Cardinals chose to hold him back due to arm soreness, but Siegrist is expected back on the mound soon.
- Carson Kelly, 19, continues his transition from third baseman-to-catcher, and Matheny had him intentionally shadow Yadier Molina for a portion of today’s workout. As Molina caught Garcia, Kelly crouched just to the side of Molina to get a view of how the Gold Glove catcher receives. Kelly is not only embracing the position change, but he is taking advantage of his resources. He spent time with Matheny this offseason in St. Louis learning some of the nuances of the position. Now he has Molina’s brain to pick. You’ll be able to read more about Kelly’s quest to catch tomorrow on cardinals.com.
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