The Cardinals Spring Training Notebook 03/05

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa talks with his injured eight-time Gold Glove Award winner, Jimmy Edmonds during the morning workout session. The Cardinals center fielder who is recovering from shoulder and foot surgery he had performed during the offseason is not expected to be ready to play by opening day.

Spring Training Notebook, Monday March 5, 2007


Today it was the Houston Astros taking on the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium, day 19 on the Cardinals Spring Training Schedule.

The minor league pitchers and catchers reported to camp over the weekend, so this week we'll start bringing you up to day on their progress in preparation for all minor league players reporting in the middle of the month.

Players reported to the complex at 8:30 a.m. this morning to begin today's training.

The coaches held their daily coaches meeting at 9:00 before the manager's five minute meeting at 9:25 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m. the club took the field at the stadium to begin the morning stretching and conditioning for thirty minutes.

At 10:00 a.m. the players, minus the pitchers began throwing in the outfield to loosen up their arms.

 Jimmy Edmonds showed up on the field about 10:00 to begin work throwing.  He is still favoring the toe that he had surgery on in the offseason and the current plan still appears to that he'll play in a spring training some time during the third week of March.

The question remains if Edmonds will be ready to start the regular season on time.  Edmonds spent a couple of minutes on the field talking with Tony La Russa, before the outfielders began shagging flies, while the coaches pitched batting practice.

On the other side of the field while the outfielders were playing catch the pitchers on the non-throwers program today, went through running drills.  Those pitchers not throwing today included; Carpenter, Wells, Reyes, Looper, Franklin, Narveson, Hawksworth, Cate, Keisler, Thompson, Cavazos, Flores, Johnson, Izzy, and Russ Springer.

The first of many minor league meetings was head in morning to start the day, with all the coaches present as well as Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst.

At 10:30 the starting lineups for Monday's game was posted.

For the visiting team, the Houston Astros;

#2 Chris Burke, CF

#28 Adam Everett, SS

#26 Mike Lamb, 1B

#14 Morgan Ensberg, 3B

#30 Luke Scott, RF

#46 Richard Hidalgo, LF

#4   Eric Bruntlett, 2B

#13 Eric Munson, C

#1   Mike Rodriguez

Starting for Houston, #64 Fernando Nieve



For the home team, St. Louis Cardinals


#26 Scott Spiezio, 2B

#16 Chris Duncan, LF

#5   Albert Pujols, 1B

#27 Scott Rolen, 3B

#49 Rick Ankiel, RF

#3   Preston Wilson, DH

#4   Yadier Molina, C

#99 So Taguchi, CF


Starting today, #50 Adam Wainwright


Scott Spiezio was working out at second base earlier in the day, what most fans don't remember, because I was the only one that reported on it last spring, Spiezio was working out in the winter before he first with St. Louis to prepare to play second base for the Colorado Rockies, before that deal fell through in January of last year.

The Cardinals were shutout by the score of 5-0, Monday by the Houston Astros.

After the game tthe World Champion St. Louis Cardinals announced that they had reassigned eight players to minor league camp.

Four pitchers were reassigned, all right-handers, Chris Lambert, Mike Parisi, Mike Sillman, and Mark Worell.  Catchers Bryan Anderson, Ryan Christianson, Danilo Sanchez and Michael Hernandez were also reassigned to minor league camp.

The Cardinals now have 51 players remaining in spring Major League camp.

That's it for today's Spring Training Training Notebook. If you did'nt get to see the Astros play the Cardinals today, check out our message board in the Open Forum and read my play by play of the game from Roger Dean Stadium.

I'll see you at the ballpark.



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