FOX Sports Midwest

A recap of St. Louis Cardinals-related news from the period of February 8-14, 2016

The newest Cardinals reliever receives his work visa to report to Spring Training, more minor league pitching depth is added, and the equipment trucks load up and head to Florida.

Oh receives work visa

After some delay, new St. Louis Cardinals reliever Seung-hwan Oh finally received his work visa to enter the United States and begin his workouts at spring camp in Jupiter.  Oh traveled to the US on Feb. 11th and is now in camp in Florida and beginning his workouts.

There were some issues in obtaining the visa, and some worried his arrival in camp might be delayed.  Once the visa was obtained, however, Oh quickly made his way to Florida.

This season, Oh is being assisted in the transition by an interpreter hired by the Cardinals.

Church adds minor league pitching depth

The Cardinals have signed free agent pitcher John Church to a minor league deal.  There is no information as to whether Church will be among the non-roster invitees to spring camp.

Church, a 29 year-old right hander, was with the Mets organization for the last seven seasons, and was drafted by New York in the 23rd round of the 2009 draft.  Church has pitched primarily in relief and has a career ERA of 3.57 in 446 innings since 2009.

Church’s arsenal includes a high 80s to low 90s fastball, a slider and a changeup.  The Florida-born pitcher adds relief depth to Triple-A Memphis.

First sign of spring training

On Thursday, Feb. 11, the first real sign of the arrival of Spring Training came in the form of Truck Day, the loading and departure of the trucks that take equipment and other necessities to Florida to begin spring camp.

Approximately 22,000 pounds of equipment and personal belongings were loaded onto two moving trucks; the first truck was loaded on Thursday and the second on Friday, and both headed south to warmer climes in Florida.  The two trucks are expected to arrive in Jupiter on Sunday night.

Clubhouse staff both loaded and will unload the equipment and belongings and will set up the clubhouse for the arrival of the pitchers and catchers who begin workouts on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Mozeliak previews spring camp

Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak revealed news and notes regarding Spring Training and the upcoming season in a radio appearance on KMOX Sports on a Sunday Morning yesterday.  Highlights from the interview include the following:

-- Mozeliak will arrive in Jupiter on Tuesday, Feb. 16

-- Yadier Molina's cast has been removed and is working on getting the strength back in his right hand. Whether he will be ready to start on Opening Day should become apparent in 2-3 weeks.

-- With Carlos Martinez, patience is required. His spring program will be slower than usual.

-- Michael Wacha is feeling strong and is expected to have a normal routine.

-- Adam Wainwrightwill be allowed to work at his own pace and make the number of starts he thinks is necessary to be ready.

-- There is no good answer concerning Jordan Walden; Mozeliak’s approach is wait and see what they can get out of him.

-- Mozeliak is optimistic about Jaime Garcia as they received more than was expected from him last season. Expectations are higher for him this season.

-- Minor leaguers to watch include Charlie Tilson and Aledmys Diaz.  It is important for Diaz to establish himself this spring and show that his finish to the 2015 season was not a flash in the pan.

To hear the complete interview, the audio can be found here.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Cardinals signed minor league free agent RHP John Church to a minor league deal.

Injury Report

There is no injury news to report.

Looking Ahead

Spring Training is almost here.  The trucks have arrived and have been unloaded and the pitchers and catchers officially report in four days, though many are already in Jupiter.  Look for media to cover the next few weeks of workouts with stories and pictures.  Position players are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Spring Training games begin on March 2 and continue through March 31.  The full Spring Training Schedule can be found here. A list of all television broadcasts, Cards and opponents, can be viewed here. Full spring training uniform numbers explained here.

Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation: 2016 Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Schedules

Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Take advantage of our seven-day free trial.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2016 The Cardinal Nation, and All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Cardinal Nation Top Stories