“I usually get ready pretty quick,” said Ellis, who lives in warm weather and wasn’t worried about arriving early. “It takes a couple of weeks to get used to the bulk of swinging the bat as many times as you do during the regular season, taking as many ground balls during the regular season.”
Ellis brought only one glove with him and has yet to discuss with Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny how many positions he will be working out at.
“I want Mark coming out and just asking to come out and do his thing and get ready the way that he knows how and telling Kolten (Wong) that there’s going to be an opportunity here for you to go out and compete also,” commented Matheny on the second base competition. “See what they do with it. I’m not committed–and we’ve talked relentlessly with this staff about let’s not commit to what we think this has to look like. Let’s let these guys go play the game and it’ll make it obvious for itself. There’s going to be opportunities for Kolten, but there’s going to be opportunities for Mark as well.”
The first official team workout is tomorrow.