PORT ST. LUCIE (KMOV) - Manager Tony La Russa broke some good news to two players Tuesday morning before the team bus left for Port St. Lucie.
La Russa made it official when he told David Freese that he will be the Opening Day starter at third base. Freese had been assumed to be the everyday third baseman coming in to camp, but the Cardinals' manager was adament the position was not etched in stone.
Along with breaking the news to Freese, the Cardinals skipper also called pitcher Jaime Garcia into his office to tell him he would be the fifth pitcher in the starting rotation, something assumed by many but never confirmed by club officials.
Click the video above to hear the Cardinal manager talk about the players' reactions to hearing the news.