New acquisition Reynolds, Waino among at least 20 players already working out
By Jenifer Langosch
JUPITER, Fla. -- Though the Cardinals won't hold their first official spring workout until Friday and don't require their position players to be present for another 10 days, the club's facility in Jupiter was buzzing with activity on Monday.
Taking advantage of the favorable Florida weather, several players opted to report to Spring Training early to get a jumpstart on preparing for the season. There are a few, including Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday and Kevin Siegrist, who have permanent residences nearby and have therefore been working out of at the complex for much of the offseason.
Around them, though, the clubhouse is quickly beginning to fill.
"When your best guys do that, it sets the tone for everybody else," manager Mike Matheny, also an early arrival, said of having so many players already in camp. "If you don't jump on, you're going to get left behind. … It shows a passion and love for what you're doing. It shows a respect for how hard this game is."
No fewer than 20 players participating in Major League camp spent time at the Cardinals' complex on Monday. Several of those players participated in their own informal workouts before departing for a free afternoon.
The corner group of lockers belonging to the team's position players also generated growing traffic on Monday. Matt Carpenter, Mark Reynolds, Matt Adams and Kolten Wong arrived for their first day. Carpenter and Reynolds joined Jason Heyward and Holliday on the field and in the batting cages for some morning work.
Reynolds, admittedly a habitual early arrival to Spring Training, thought it especially advantageous to come in advance of the report date this year so that he could begin the process of getting acclimated with a new team. He signed a one-year deal with the club in December.
"I know this team is about winning and about going about their business the right away," Reynolds said. "It's good to see especially a lot of the young guys down here getting ready and just getting back on the baseball field."
With Matheny and several members of the coaching staff already in Florida, the group gathered for some time on Monday to begin laying out schedules for the upcoming six weeks of camp.