Several Cardinals participate in voluntary workouts

Martinez throws first bullpen session with Yadi behind the plate

Several Cardinals participate in voluntary workouts

JUPITER, Fla. -- After an evening of rain and before a wave of cold weather arrives, several Cardinals players snuck in some workout time at the team's complex on Wednesday morning. The workouts continue to be voluntary and unstructured, as pitchers and catchers don't report until Thursday.

The following are highlights of the day's activity:

• Players continue to trickle in ahead of the team's report date, with starting pitcher John Lackey and outfielder Peter Bourjos among the new faces to show on Wednesday.

Carlos Martinez, who will be vying for a rotation spot this spring, threw his first bullpen session since arriving from the Dominican Republic. Yadier Molina, typically not one to catch much in the early weeks of camp, did get behind the plate to handle Martinez. Afterward, Molina offered some suggestions regarding mechanics to the young right-hander.

Martinez ready for spring

• Also throwing off the mound on Wednesday were Seth Maness, Matt Belisle and Marco Gonzales. Bullpen coach Blaise Ilsley observed each of the sessions, along with manager Mike Matheny.

• Cardinals principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. stopped by the complex and visited with a handful of players while wandering through the clubhouse after workouts.

• Third-base coach Jose Oquendo worked through some drills with the infielders who arrived in Jupiter well ahead of the position player report date (Feb. 24). Among those spending time with Oquendo is Aledmys Diaz, the 24-year-old Cuban shortstop the Cardinals signed in March 2014. Limited to 47 games due to injury last season, Diaz is again healthy and trying to prove himself worthy of St. Louis' financial investment ($8 million over four years).

• The Cardinals announced a new partnership with Athletico Physical Therapy on Wednesday, stating in a release that Athletico will provide services at Busch Stadium and for the organization's Cardinals Care 6K and Fun Run this year. The Cards join the White Sox as the second Major League team to collaborate with Athletico.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.