• Jim Fregosi, who managed the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate in Louisville from 1983-85, died at the age of 71 on Friday morning, days after suffering a stroke. Fregosi managed current Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo on that Louisville club in '84 and later managed Matheny for a season in Toronto.
"Obviously, every manager I ever had and every coach I ever had made an impact," Matheny said. "I'm sorry to hear that news and my condolences go out to his family."
• Craig, Pete Kozma and Peter Bourjos were among the latest position players to report to camp early. All three participated in light workouts on Friday before moving indoors, where Bourjos dominated on the clubhouse's new ping-pong table. After defeating several of his new teammates, Bourjos was presented with a faux championship belt.
• Ballpark Village, the new development going up across the street from Busch Stadium, has a target opening date of March 27, Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III said on Friday. The project will not be fully completed by that date, but several areas will be open to the public by Opening Day.