By the numbers…
It’s the eve of the Cardinals’ report date for pitchers and catchers, though most everyone in that group has already arrived and gotten to work. They will have one more day of voluntary workouts before manager Mike Matheny runs his first official day of Spring Training on Friday.
The clubhouse staff has used this week to unpack dozens of boxes and set up the clubhouse for the influx of players. Unless there are any late adds to the group, the Cardinals will have 57 players in Major League camp. That includes 39 players from the 40-man roster and 18 non-roster folks.
For the baseball numerologists among you, players with new uniform numbers include: Matt Belisle (No. 37), Carlos Martinez (No. 18), Trevor Rosenthal (No. 44), Jordan Walden (No. 53), Michael Ohlman (No. 84), Dean Anna (No. 65), Ty Kelly (No. 68), Mark Reynolds (No. 12), Jason Heyward (No. 22) and Carlos Villanueva (No. 33). New assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller has taken No. 3, while Matheny chose No. 26 in honor of a friend who recently passed away.
A reminder that while this blog will still be updated occasionally, we’re moving almost all the content over to cardinals.com to make it easier for readers to navigate. The daily blog posts that used to be a staple of Spring Training will now appear as stories on the main site. Those will be in addition to the stories and videos that have always had a home there. If you have missed the coverage from the last few days, you can play catch up here:
- Martinez has a new locker spot… at the request of Yadier Molina (link)
- Spring Training Preview, Part 4: Cards ready for defense of National League Central title (link)
- Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III offers four messages to fans on Presidents’ Day (link)
- Video: Martinez on his new locker and quest to win a starting job (link)
- Michael Wacha returns to the mound, eager to eliminate questions about his health (link)
- Spring Training Preview, Part 5: Projecting the lineup, rotation and bullpen (link)
- Notes and observations from the team’s voluntary workout (link)
- Video: Wacha on his health and throwing program (link)
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