Cardinals Camp News – Thursday, March 26

St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak speaks on remaining roster decisions and more from spring training camp in Jupiter, FL!

St. Louis Cardinals camp continues as usual on Thursday, though Tony La Russa is away for the day. The day's events include the game against the New York Mets at 1:00 p.m., plans for the weekend road trip and of course, the morning activities.

Yesterday, I mentioned on my blog the names of six of the minor leaguers making the weekend trip to Fort Myers.

Here are the major leaguers planning to hop the bus in the early morning hours on Friday: Lohse, Perez, Reyes, Molina, Pagnozzi, K Greene, Pujols, Freese, Ankiel, Duncan, Ludwick, Schumaker, Rasmus.

I thought I would share the details of the plans for this day. Just because there is just one week remaining doesn't mean there isn't still detailed work going on, starting with the very first entry.

9:00 a.m. Schumaker/Oquendo – Field #1
9:30 a.m. Stretch and Conditioning – Stadium
10:00 a.m. Pregame / Infield and Outfield – Stadium Pettini
10:12 a.m. Wainwright BP – Stadium
10:15 a.m. Batting Practice - Stadium

Group #1 Group #2 Group #3 Group #4 Group #5
Pagnozzi Greene Pujols Rasmus Ankiel
LaRue Schumaker Molina Mather Duncan
Barden Ryan Ludwick Thurston Freese
10:15 a.m. 10:27 a.m. 10:39 a.m. 10:51 a.m. 11:03 a.m.
Aldrete Shultzy McKay Pettini Murphy
10:15 a.m. 10:27 a.m. 10:39 a.m. 10:51 a.m. 11:03 a.m.
Group #1 BP Fungos Situations Bunts
Stadium Shag Field #1 1/2 Field
Group #2 Fungos BP Balls off Bunts Situations
Stadium Stadium bat 1/2 Field Field #1
Group #3 Fungos Balls off BP Situations Bunts
Stadium bat Stadium Field #1 1/2 Field
Group #4 Bunts Situations Balls off BP Balls off
1/2 Field Field #1 bat Stadium bat
Group #5 Situations Bunts Ball off Balls off BP
Field #1 1/2 Field bats bat Stadium

Situations – Field #1 / McRae Machine
Get em over / get em in / 2 out RBI

Bunting ½ Field – Oquendo Machine
Sacrifice Bunts / Bunts for base hits

Bullpen / Clubhouse
10:05 a.m. Carpenter Murphy

Non Throwers Program
9:30 a.m. Strength and Conditioning – Stadium
10:00 a.m. Change Shirts / to Field #6
10:10 a.m. Throw / Loosen Arms – Field #8
10:25 a.m. Starters / Relievers – PFP w/Infielders – Field #6 Mason
10:45 a.m. Starters Offense / Bunting – Field #6 Mason/Eversgerd
Carpenter / Lohse / Wellemeyer / Pineiro / Thompson

Talked with Brendan Ryan as he was trying to break in a black test outfielder's glove. He told me this will be his first, as in the past he's always borrowed leather from others. Based on the fact four top outfielders are making the trip to Ft. Myers (see list above), Ryan may be seeing some outfield time this weekend.

The Cardinals released nine minor leaguers on Thursday. They are Hyang-Nam Choi, Russ Haltiwanger, Brian Cartie, Zach Pitts, Matt Spade, Wayne Daman, Jose Mateo, Jon Mikrut and Jameson Maj. Details at my blog, The Cardinal Nation.

Paraphrasing Mo

GM John Mozeliak met with the press, pinch-hitting for manager Tony La Russa this morning. La Russa's mother-in-law passed away.

Hopefully will know this afternoon if left-handed reliever Royce Ring will report to Memphis. Organization is covered either way, says Mo.

Will pay attention to players placed onto the waiver wire, but don't have specifics on the roster that need to be addressed now.

Agrees a seven infielder – four outfielder roster is a plausible scenario.

Joe Mather is still a third baseman-outfielder instead of an outfielder-third baseman, "but the split is becoming smaller". Mather has value as right-hand bat.

Stated the obvious - that Skip Schumaker is the team's starting second baseman. May still get well into the season and decide it might not be a fit. Have no way of knowing. As long as he continues hitting and playing good defense, it will be positive for the Cardinals. Thought it wasn't fair to be trying to find a second baseman elsewhere while Schumaker was trying to make the shift.

Schumaker starting at second does not necessarily stop Joe Thurston's chances. He would be used as a shortstop only in a pinch but can play all over. Brian Barden also still under consideration.

Colby Rasmus is still in camp, still playing and playing well. That says a lot. What Rasmus brings to the table outweighs any concern about the additional left-handed bat he represents. Considered as one of the four everyday-type outfielders on the team (Mather excluded). May not start opening day, but will get more ABs than a fourth outfielder would.

If other news items worth adding during the day pop up, I will append them here. Thanks for subscribing and reading!

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