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Spring Training Report: New deadline for Pujols contract

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St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire, right, tosses a ball for Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, to hit into a net during spring training baseball Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire, right, tosses a ball for Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, to hit into a net during spring training baseball Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson

The Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida for spring training. Our own Brian Feldman is in the middle of all the action. Brian will provide constant updates, so check back through the day for the very latest news.

Feb. 14, 11:33 a.m. Things wrapping up for today. Guys are lifting and running and getting out of here.

Feb. 14, 11:27 a.m.  Talked to Ryan Theriot. Loves any and all comparisons to David Eckstein. Says he gave a lot of guys hope and that's a great thing.

Feb. 14, 10:15 a.m. - Talked to Colby Rasmus for a second in between batting practice reps.Enjoyed a nice 5 day vacation in the Bahamas over the offseason. Also did a lot of hunting. Now? "Time to work."

Feb. 14, 9:58 a.m.  - Raul Valdes having issues getting visa from the Dominican Republic.

Feb. 14, 9:56 a.m.  - Mozeliak confirms Edmonds is not 100% and not ready to go physically.

Feb. 14, 9:44 a.m. Mozeliak says with respect to Stan Musial they will not do anything tomorrow as far as talking about Albert and making him available.That's why everything will happen on Wednesday.

Feb. 14, 9:41 a.m.  Mozeliak also says he's not frustrated the process has gone as is. Albert is an iconic player and that makes things difficult. And they are NOT going to comment on the reports that Albert rejected a contract proposal from the team. He says they'll address the situation when it is time.

Feb. 14, 9:37 a.m.  John Mozeliak has spoken. Talks still ongoing between him and Albert's agent Dan Lazano. Deadline is noon EASTERN on Wednesday for a deal.

Feb. 14, 9:22 a.m. Tony will call Jim Edmonds today. Doesn't believe he is close to ready physically but isn't sure. McGwire saw him recently and wasn't the most active.

Feb. 14, 9:20 a.m.  Had our morning chat with Tony. Admits there were some breakdowns defensively last year but doesn't totally agree with statements that they had poor fundamentals.

Feb. 14, 9:18 a.m.  Other tidbits from Westbrook. He's still not sure what happened last year. Says its not common for a team to lose to sub .500 teams but beat the winning ones.

Feb. 14, 8:30 a.m.  Non bullpen throwers are all doing pitchers fielding practice. That list includes top prospect Shelby Miller.

Feb. 14, 8:25 a.m.  First clubhouse meeting scheduled for 10:10 eastern time with stretching right after. Wainwright, Westbrook and Garcia all throwing bullpens today.

Feb. 14, 8:12 a.m.  For those wondering about the buzz regarding Albert Pujols and the report of him declining a proposal...nothing is being said. Everyone under very strict orders to keep quiet on the matter.

Feb. 14, 8:10 a.m.  Also talked to Jake Westbrook. He's recovered from left shoulder surgery after tearing his labrum with the Cards. Non issue for him he says. Loves being a part of the Cardinal family.

Feb. 14, 8:08 a.m.  Talked to Kyle Lohse. Stay tuned for News4 for the full interview. He's got a brand new appreciation for staying healthy after the last two years. Ready to top 200 innings.

Feb. 14, 7:17 a.m.  Now this is more like it. The clubhouse is packed, pitchers and catchers getting their physicals and ready for their first workout.

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