Cardinals Spring Training: Weather ends practice early
By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa signals to the infielders during defensive drills Tuesday. By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals prospect Tyler Greene at bat during a live batting practice session Tuesday. Greene is competing this Spring for a spot on the Cardinals big league roster. By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo hitting grounders during infield drills Tuesday. By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals lefty Rich Hill throws a pitch during his live batting practice session on Tuesday. By Lakisha Jackson
Jupiter, Fl (KMOV) - St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa scheduled practice early Tuesday because of rain in the forecast.
It's a good thing, too, because the rain came even earlier than expected, prompting all position players to hit the roof-covered batting cages.
The wet weather didn't arrive, though, before the pitchers scheduled to throw got their work in. Kyle McClellan and Rich Hill threw their live batting practice sessions against sluggers Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, and Ryan Ludwick. The two rotated back and forth, simulating the rest in between innings during a game.
Reliever Blake Hawksworth and 19-year-old Shelby Miller also got their live BP sessions in. Hawksworth hopes to build on his impressive 2009 contributions (4-0, 2.02 ERZ), and Miller continues to impress the Cardinals coaching staff.
Other pitchers who threw at the same time as the others to get the workout in: Denys Reyes, P.J. Walter, and Josh Kinny.
Wednesday marks the last day of a full day of team workouts. The Cardinals play in Port St. Lucie, spring training home of the New York Mets, on Thursday.
- Ron Wolf, the former Green Bay Packers general manager, and former Cardinal Eduardo Perez showed up to camp today to see Tony La Russa and the coaching staff.
- There were some web gems today at camp during a double play drill. During one play in particular, Julio Lugo flipped the ball with his glove to Skip Schumaker, who bare-handed it before throwing to first baseman Albert Pujols to complete the 6-4-3 double play.
- Players joking around increases by the day, a clear indication that they just want the games to start.