Rain forces Cards indoors to complete workout

JUPITER, Fla. -- Morning rain storms forced the Cardinals to alter their workout plans on Thursday, though it did not prevent work from being accomplished.

The 14 pitchers scheduled to throw bullpen sessions kept on schedule with some improvisation. Instead of throwing on the outdoor mounds, they did their work from the mounds in the indoor cages. The team's other pitchers waited for a break in the weather to complete their long-toss regimen outside.

"We would really have loved to have had these guys out on the mound, out in the sun throwing on a normal situation," manager Mike Matheny said. "But you just kind of have to roll with it when it comes."

With the fields too soggy for pitchers to go through fielding practice, Matheny decided to send them to the batting cages for an extended bunting exercise that lasted about 45 minutes. Before camp even started, Matheny promised that there would be a renewed emphasis on bunting.

According to weather.com, there is a 60 percent chance of rain returning on Friday. If the Cardinals can dodge that interruption, they'll be holding their first full-squad workout of the spring.