Peralta, who was significantly affected by a spring training thumb injury last season, is healthy and ready to compete for the third base job this spring, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "I never felt 100 percent," Peralta said Sunday. "To tell the truth, last year was kind of tough with everything that happened. Going to third base so quickly, that was tough. The swing, sometimes it would not feel right. But I learned from last year. I feel different now."
Schafer, a non-roster invitee to spring training, impressed pitching coach Derek Lilliquist in his first session against hitters Sunday, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "It was not advertised as that," said Lilliquist. "He had his breaking ball and his changeup. Very interesting guy."
Gant, acquired in the Dec. 1 trade that sent Jaime Garcia to the Braves, impressed in his first session against hitters Sunday, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "Gant has a little sneakier stuff than was advertised," said pitching coach Derek Lilliquist.
Gyorko, who played second base, third base and shortstop in his first Cardinals season in 2016, is devoting his attention to a different position each day in spring training, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "Each and every day, a focus," Gyorko said. "It's pretty similar to what I did last season, but I think there's the one position each day that makes sense."
Lyons continued his rapid progress from November knee surgery by playing low-intensity catch twice this week, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "I'm definitely happy with where we're at," Lyons said. "I feel like every day stuff gets a little easier. Barring anything unforeseen, I'll keep progressing here on the mound."
Oh, who converted 19 of 23 save chances in 2016, is the team's unquestioned closer heading into the 2017 campaign according to manager Mike Matheny, Rich Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "I don't think we've made any question about that," Matheny said before the Cardinals' third official workout for batterymen. "As far as Oh stands, he's going to be our guy who gets the ball late in the game."
Weaver, who started the first eight games of his major league career in 2016, is a candidate for the fifth starter job in the wake of Alex Reyes' season-ending elbow injury, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Rosenthal, who saved a majors-best 93 games between the 2014 and 2015 seasons, is now a candidate for the Cardinals' fifth starter role in the wake of Alex Reyes' season-ending elbow injury, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "It's interesting," Rosenthal said of the opportunity. "I try not to view it as a great thing or a bad thing. I have to pitch well and then everything will take care of itself. ... Coming up as a starter, I just really loved the routine of it. I loved that competition of pitching deep into the game."