While still wanting to get his legs underneath him for the full season, Allen Craig reported to Spring Training for the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday–without restrictions and ready to run.
“I feel like I’m in good shape and I’m prepared to run around the outfield,” said Craig–who spent the offseason fully recovering from the Lisfranc injury to his foot last season.
“Obviously, I anticipate shagging a lot of balls out here in Spring Training during batting practice and really getting my feet under me and getting ready. But as I stand here today I feel like I’m in really good shape and ready for camp and ready for a good season.”
Peter Bourjos and Pete Kozma also showed up in camp today–position players do not have to report until February 17th, but only Daniel Descalso, Mark Ellis, and Jon Jay have yet to arrive.
“Every time one of them shows up it just kind of makes me smile,” noted Manager Mike Matheny. “A lot of other camps don’t do this–where guys voluntarily just show up. I was in there today and thought I was going to be talking to the pitchers and catchers and I really needed to have my full team speech ready because we just about have everybody here.”
THE BOURJOS BACK-HAND
–Peter Bourjos made a quick impression among his teammates, establishing himself as one of the top Ping-Pong players in the clubhouse. After the morning workout, Bourjos relied heavily on a quick back-hand as he worked through a gauntlet of players–knocking off Matt Holliday, Seth Maness, and Adam Wainwright before finally losing to Jordan Swagerty.
The bracketing of a tournament has yet to be set, but a title belt did arrive today and the competition is growing more fierce with every game.
Here are my unofficial rankings as observed during open sessions in the clubhouse:
1. Peter Bourjos
2. Seth Maness
3. Matt Holliday
4. Adam Wainwright
5. Jordan Swagerty