Welcome to real-time coverage of the Cardinals' first full-squad workout of spring training. All morning and deep into the afternoon, I'll take around the fields and into the live batting practice sessions that will happen today at Roger Dean Stadium. We'll mix video with pictures and news with comments. The backbone of this live coverage will be a chat that allows me to answer questions as we go. Earlier this week, we did this for the first pitchers/catchers workout and we were able to bring you interviews as they happened (John Mozeliak) and bullpen sessions shortly after they finished (Chris Carpenter).
In other words, let your boss know you'll be busy for the next five or six hours. Productivity around St. Louis is about to go down significantly.
@StlCardsfan17 There have been recent talks between Molina's agent and the Cardinals. Joe Strauss heard from a source that the momentum was there or that things had headed in a positive direction. Does that mean something will be done today? Doubtful. But they are at least talking, and there does appear to be a more common ground found for both years and money. The AAV (annual average value) is pretty well set. The years -- well, the team is going to want some protection against injury at a high-demand position ....
Check here for the schedule of today's events, which will include Wainwright throwing live BP -- something we'll bring you here shortly after it happens:
These are the first eight pitchers to throw live BP, and they'll face teammates this morning: RHP Adam Wainwright
RHP Brandon Dickson
RHP Kyle McClellan
RHP Shelby Miller
RHP Jason Motte
RHP Fernando Salas
LHP Marc Rzepczynski
LHP John Gast
Here are the hitting groups set for today by manager Mike Matheny: Group 1: Matt Holliday, Zack Cox, Adron Chambers, Erik Komatsu, Cody Stanley
Group 2: Lance Berkman, Tyler Greene, Matt Adams, (Allen Craig, injured), Steven Hill
Group 3: Carlos Beltran, Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso, Shane Robinson, Bryan Anderson
Group 4: Skip Schumaker, David Freese, Ryan Jackson, Kolten Wong, Koyie Hill
Group 5: Yadier Molina, Pete Kozma, Matt Carpenter, Alex Cora, Luis De La Cruz
Group 6: Rafael Furcal, Mark Hamilton, Eugenio Velez, Tony Cruz, Robert Stock.
@corey It impacts the NL Central greatly. Instead of going a third of the season without both Fielder and Braun -- the double-barreled engines of the Brewers' offense and the best left-right punch in the NL last season -- the Brewers will now only be without Fielder for the whole season. Fifty games of scratching and clawing to stay in the race until Braun returns is a lot different than 162 potentially with the reigning MVP.
The bigger thing for me is why Major League Baseball would choose to take such a stern and strongly worded stance against a strong player. I get that MLB needs to defend its testing policy and the integrity of the testing policy, but ... wow, to say so publicly that it directly disagrees with an MVP being on the field -- and MVP it will no doubt use to market the All-Star Game? Ouch.
Mike Matheny will soon gather the team for his first full-squad meeting as a major-league manager. La Russa would often script out what he was going to say -- or at least come prepped with notes. He felt this meeting was needed to help set the tone for the spring ahead. Not the season, but the work the team would set out to accomplish in spring.
Willie McGee is in the house. No. 51 is off the shelf.