I just arrived at the Cardinals spring training complex in Jupiter. It's hot and muggy down here. Much warmer than usual for this time of year. I've been here before and needed a winter coat at times, but I don't think that'll be the case this year.
Pitchers and catchers aren't required to check in and take their physicals until Saturday, but many of them have been in camp for several days already. Chris Carpenter has been throwing, to try to get an early jump on things and make sure he's ready to go for the start of camp. Everybody will be watching his progress closely as he tries to come back from yet another off-season surgery.
Skip Schumaker was one of the first position players to arrive here. He's been here for more than a week, as he tries to learn to play second base. If he can prove that he can handle the position defensively, it would certainly help having his bat in the lineup as a middle infielder.
Rick Ankiel is another position player who has been here long before he's required. Ankiel lives full time in this area, and I'm told he was at the Cardinals complex almost everyday during the off-season hitting in the batting cages.
The Cardinals have a lot of questions to answer this spring... who's the closer, who plays third base while Glaus is out, who's the second baseman, etc. Tony La Russa will try to find those answers starting Saturday.