Among those in the full house to watch the St. Louis Blues open their Prospects Camp this morning was Mike Matheny, as the St. Louis Cardinals manager was able to spend a few minutes talking with Blues head coach Mike Yeo.
“Just stopped in real quick,” he said. “It was good to see he and Doug Armstrong, Keith Tkachuk, and just a good group of people over there. Was able to see Marty Brodeur and congratulations to him on the great news. Very exciting stuff.”
Equally exciting was being able to look out at the ice and see a familiar face going through drills.
“One of the kids that I coached, Josh Dunne, was one of the invites to camp,” shared Matheny. “Seeing him out there with the Blues coaches was pretty cool to see.”
Wearing #82 for Team MacInnis, Dunne played for Matheny on the Louisville Slugger Warriors as youth in Chesterfield. So did Grant Frederic, #81 on Team Tkachuk. They weren’t the only hockey players on the Warriors, as Logan Brown and Trent Frederic were also in the group.
Brown, the son of former Blues defenseman Jeff Brown, was selected 11th overall by Ottawa in the 2016 NHL draft. Frederic was selected by Boston later in that same first round with the 29th pick.
“We had quite a hockey team on the baseball field,” quipped Matheny. “A couple of those kids too, it would’ve probably taken very little conversation to have them swayed to maybe put more emphasis on the baseball. They had other sports trying to do that outside of hockey. Frederic, actually everybody was trying to get him to focus solely on football because he was that good. Ended up being a first round pick in the NHL. His parents did a great job of just letting him play. Very rarely do you have three sports as an option.”
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–Paul DeJong was on the field before the game going through infield drills and took part in batting practice. He will meet with doctors again on Thursday with hopes of being cleared to head out on a rehab assignment.
Tested recently, DeJong shared that nearly his full grip strength has already returned. The shortstop has been on the disabled list since May 18th after undergoing surgery for a fracture in his left hand.