April 24, 2014

Lefty pitchers feel good as camp opens for Royals and Cardinals (AUDIO)

Tuesday marked the first official day of workouts for both the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals. Players came in for physicals and pitchers started throwing and working on fielding drills. Here’s a quick update from both camps.

Royals–Surprise, Arizona:

Frost on the field greeted players at the start of a chilly day, but temps reached 60 by the end of practices. Lefty Danny Duffy threw 18 pitches off a mound for the first time since having Tommy John surgery last June. He could be ready by this June.

The Royals rotation was upgraded over the winter with the addition of James Shields, Wade Davis and Ervin Santana, as well as keeping Jeremy Guthrie.  Manager Ned Yost thinks that will boost the confidence of both the hitters and pitchers.

AUDIO Ned Yost on his pitching staff (:42)

Cardinals–Jupiter, Florida:

Lance Lynn came into camp 40 pounds lighter than last year, as he hopes to stay in shape for the long haul of the season. He’s 239, a weight he hasn’t been at since high school. He started last year at 260 and added 20 pounds during the season.

Lefty Jaime Garcia started early pitching session in Texas before throwing yesterday in camp and has had no ill-effects after rehabbing his shoulder this off-season.