JUPITER, FL - MARCH 1: Mark Ellis #3 of the St Louis Cardinals hits the ball against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium on March 1, 2014 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) By Joel Auerbach
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Mark Ellis #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses for a portrait during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 24, 2014 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) By Rob Carr
JUPITER, Fla. -- Players get sore in baseball all the time. It's a 162-game regular season so it's impossible to go through it unscathed.
But when it hits during spring training there's no reason to push anything. And that's exactly the case with veteran second baseman Mark Ellis at this point.
The Cardinals are holding him out of drills and game action strictly as a precaution.
"(He's) just a little sore. He'll be fine," manager Mike Matheny said. "(He's) just one of those veteran guys that we know knows his body very well."
Will this keep him out of game action here in Florida?
"Only because it's spring training," Matheny said.
Ellis is hitting .300 in Grapefruit League play (6-20) in eight games played. He's competing with rookie Kolten Wong for at-bats at second base.