Day 12: Bird Seed

Jenifer Langosch/

wpid-0224141109.jpgThere was plenty of news coming out of Cardinals camp today — though not the expected update on left-hander Jaime Garcia. That is now scheduled to come on Tuesday, general manager John Mozeliak said. Garcia was to be seen in St. Louis by doctors on Monday, during which time he would have an MRI.

Garcia is now not the only Cardinals pitcher who has shut down his throwing program. Jordan Swagerty (elbow inflammation) has as well. You can read more about Swagerty’s situation here in the notebook, but know that the Cardinals have ruled out there being something structurally wrong. That’s a relief for Swagerty, who has spent most of the past two years rehabbing from two elbow surgeries and a nerve issue.

Also in the notebook is news about Oscar Taveras’ progress (yes, he is making some) and Yadier Molina’s spring training plans (yes, they are changing).

Other items of note from Monday’s workout:

  • Four of the starting pitchers competing for Opening Day rotation spots took the mound to throw live batting practice on Monday. The participants included Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller and Carlos Martinez. Each threw two “innings” worth of pitches in order to begin getting stretched out for exhibition play.
  • Relievers Pat Neshek and Randy Choate each threw one “inning” of live BP.

  • Cardinal players had photo-day obligations to attend to before ever taking the field on Monday. It happens wpid-0224141149.jpgannually in spring training and allows baseball card companies and media outlets to take some shots of each player.
  • On the position player side, outfielders spent some time tracking balls hit to the fence, while infielders turned double plays and fielded grounders. After the exercise, infield coach Jose Oquendo encouraged onlookers to give the group a round of applause.
  • Tyler Lyons, Eric Fornataro, Angel Castro, Tim Cooney and Lee Stoppelman each threw bullpen sessions.
  • Manager Mike Matheny has not still not revealed his pitching plans beyond the team’s Grapefruit League opener.
  • Well after workouts had wrapped up, MLB announced the implementation of a new home-plate collision rule. As has been reported at length over the past year, this is a topic that is personal to Matheny, who wants to see collisions altogether banned. This rule doesn’t go that far, but it’s seen as a start. You can read Matheny’s reaction to the new rule and about how the Cardinals will approach plays at the plate moving forward here.

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