Cardinals Spring Training: Monday's Comments and Updates
Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan watches intently as right-hander Brad Penny throws a bullpen session. By Lakisha Jackson
Pitchers Jason Motte throws a pitch during his bullpen session Monday morning. By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals outfield prospect Darryl Jones takes batting practice during Monday morning's session. Jones' strength is his speed and ability to get on base. By Lakisha Jackson
By Lakisha Jackson
By Lakisha Jackson
What's up Cardinal Nation? It's another warm day here in Jupiter, Florida, though a bit more overcast than I've seen in the past week. Be sure to keep checking in, as I'll have a timline of updates as they become available. All times are St. Louis local time.
8:11 a.m. - Just got the schedule for today's workouts. Not as many pitchers are throwing bullpens today as in day's past. Starters Chris Carpenter and Brad Penny are the big names throwing today. Live batting practice begins today, which is one of the more fun drills to watch. The drill is basically a live game situation, where the pitcher is doing all he can to get the batter out. It's the first opportunity of the Spring to see a batter going against live pitching. More coming later...
11:06 a.m. - Watched bit of live batting practice just a bit ago. Today, the drill wasn't full throttle. Pitchers were throwing in game type situations, but were facing only catchers. Tomorrow the drill is supposed to go up a notch in intensity, as position players are supposed to bat. One of the more intriguing prospects that pitched today is Lance Lynn, the 2009 Cardinals minor league player of the year. While it's not probably Lynn will be pitching in the majors this year, he is definitely a guy to keep your eye on in the coming years. That's all for now. I'm going to go grab an interview. Stay tuned for more updates from Jupiter.
11:16 a.m. - Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan just rolled into camp. It is good to see him. He is rehabbing after wrist surgery, and was wearing a small wrap around the wrist when he arrived. He took it off later in the day, but is very hesitant to shake with his right hand. For now he's shaking with his left hand turned upside down. Word is that he will be ready for opening day. Check back for more updates.
12:17 p.m. - Interviewed David Freese about 20 minutes ago and will have the video on the site in just a little bit. Really classy guy. Could have denied talking to me, but didn't hesitate whatsoever. Freese is the favorite at this point to win the third base spot. Of course that could change pretty quick.
1:51 p.m. - Pitcher P.J. Walters arrived to camp today, a couple days later than the rest of the pitchers and catchers. He was given as much time as he needed to report to camp after his wife gave birth to his daughter by C-Section 14 weeks premature. Walters says his wife and child are doing fine. That's very good news.
2:19 p.m. - Shortstop Julio Lugo apparently had no idea Brendan Ryan had wrist surgery in the offseason. Lugo, who is penciled in as one of the first players off the Cardinal bench, acted surprised when told about Ryan's injury. Lugo, who hit .277 in 51 games for the Cardinals in 2009, will see significant playing time as Ryan works back to health.