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Full squad checks in for start of Cardinals camp

Holliday continues to work out at first base
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JUPITER, Fla. -- One day ahead of the team's first full-squad workout, the Cardinals officially checked in the last of their position players on Monday. That means there will be no visa or travel-related delays that will keep anyone from participating in Tuesday's workout.

Prior to the Cardinals taking the field, manager Mike Matheny will address his full club for the first time. He did not preview what his message would entail, though the tone will be different than it was a year ago when Matheny used the forum to address the loss of Oscar Taveras.

JUPITER, Fla. -- One day ahead of the team's first full-squad workout, the Cardinals officially checked in the last of their position players on Monday. That means there will be no visa or travel-related delays that will keep anyone from participating in Tuesday's workout.

Prior to the Cardinals taking the field, manager Mike Matheny will address his full club for the first time. He did not preview what his message would entail, though the tone will be different than it was a year ago when Matheny used the forum to address the loss of Oscar Taveras.

Position players will undergo morning physicals, and the workouts will include the first live batting practice of spring. This will give the pitchers, almost all of whom have thrown a pair of bullpen sessions, an opportunity to measure up their pitches with hitters standing in.

Worth noting

• With position player workouts not yet formally scripted, Matt Holliday continues to take instruction at first base. On Monday, he worked with infield coach Jose Oquendo, who had Holliday picking balls in the dirt and working on his footwork. The Cardinals are unlikely to give Holliday much exposure at the position during Grapefruit League play but appreciate his winter work to become more versatile.

• Right-hander Carlos Martinez was the only pitcher to throw off the mound during Monday's workouts. The Cardinals have Martinez on a modified spring program as a result of the right-shoulder injury that ended Martinez's season last September. He had taken two days off -- instead of the typical one -- between bullpen sessions. Martinez threw about 25 pitches off the mound on Monday.

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• Matheny's intent to inject more friendly competition into spring workouts already has taken form. Almost every drill the pitchers participated in Monday featured scorekeeping. The bunting station brought out a particularly high level of competitiveness, as pitchers were awarded points based upon the accuracy of their bunts. Reliever Jonathan Broxton was among those who shined in the competition.

"Big boy's got touch," Matheny remarked while watching Broxton excel.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast.

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