Handful of Cards participate in light off-day workout

Handful of Cards participate in light off-day workout

JUPITER, Fla. -- With players having earned an off-day on Wednesday by completing a "27 outs" exercise to end workouts the day before, the Cardinals' spring complex was low on activity the day before the team opens Grapefruit League play.

Some members of manager Mike Matheny's coaching staff made an appearance, though most had vacated the facility by 11 a.m. ET. The only players to report were those who had specific things they needed to accomplish. That included six pitchers -- John Gast, Marco Gonzales, Tyler Lyons, Sam Freeman, Sam Tuivailala and Dean Kiekhefer -- who each threw a bullpen session.

Carlos Martinez, who will start Thursday's Grapefruit League opener, played catch in the outfield grass as part of a light workout.

Other news and notes from the quiet day:

• Joining Matheny and bullpen catcher Jamie Pogue to catch Wednesday's bullpen sessions was Kleininger Teran, the newest member of the Major League staff. Teran will serve as an extra bullpen catcher, the same role Roberto Espinoza held last year. Teran, a 25-year-old Venezuelan native, played in the Cardinals' system from 2006-11, mostly as a corner infielder.

• Matheny did not unveil his first lineup of the Grapefruit League season, but he did say that it will not include all of the Major League team's projected position players. Matheny had previously stated that Jon Jay would be delayed from appearing in games as he continues through various benchmarks following offseason left wrist surgery.

Dan Haren will oppose Martinez in Thursday's spring opener. Haren was traded to Miami from the Dodgers during the offseason.

Adam Wainwright is tentatively scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Thursday. Wainwright, who is still restricted from running and fielding work due to an abdominal strain, threw 41 pitches on Monday.

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