JUPITER, FL. (KMOV.com) -- Adam Wainwright flashed the stick Sunday, sending a towering home run over the fence on Field 1 near the end of the day.
The St. Louis ace was in a hitting group that included Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha, along with minor leaguers Matt Bowman and Luke Weaver. The squad was swinging with no audience save Matt Holliday and a couple outfielders shagging balls.
Wainwright announced himself with a crow call, stepped in the box and unloaded.
The quest for the Silver Slugger starts in Jupiter.
Jordan Walden threw full speed in live batting practice, with his fastball looking every bit as heavy as it did when he was healthy.
Before the day he said he felt strong, and appeared to come through his Sunday session without pain.
Were Walden to prove his damaged shoulder can bear the load, the Cardinal bullpen would feature a devastating arsenal of big arms with big fastballs. But outing must be followed reliably by another, and that’s Walden’s challenge.
"He has to keep taking the mound," Matheny said, outlining the sole item on the reliever's recovery checklist.
Seung Hwan Oh faced hitters again Sunday, tightening up his control and continuing to work on comfort on the mound.
His trademark movement was visible during live BP, especially when we slow things down:
He was also followed most of the day by a contingent of Korean media, making his live session perhaps the most-watched of any today.
The upcoming game against Florida Atlantic University raises a question: will FAU get to use aluminum bats? College baseball is famous for the "ping," after all. No one had the answer Sunday morning, but Matheny said it wouldn't change who he plays in the field if they do. Thankfully, for the safety of any object in low-earth orbit, he smartly shot down any suggestion from the media that the Cardinals should match equipment.