JUPITER, Fla. -- Though he won't be leading the Cardinals through their spring workouts for the first time in 17 years, former manager Tony La Russa is not going to be entirely absent from the Spring Training scene.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters in Lakeland, Fla., on Thursday that La Russa is scheduled to spend a few weeks assisting Detroit during its spring camp. La Russa's role, as Leyland explained it, will primarily entail working with Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski.
La Russa will not be in uniform.
Dombrowski and La Russa have worked together before. Dombrowski was in the White Sox front office -- working then as an assistant to general manager Roland Hemond -- while La Russa managed the big league club.
La Russa, who ended his distinguished managerial career shortly after the Cardinals won the World Series in 2011, is also expected to visit St. Louis' camp this spring.
Wainwright's rehab plan on the table
JUPITER, Fla. -- General manager John Mozeliak, manager Mike Matheny and the coaching staff are slated to sit down together on Saturday to finish up preparations for the start of camp, which will open with pitchers and catchers taking the fields on Sunday.
One of the notable items set to be discussed is the spring pitching plan for right-hander Adam Wainwright, who is back on the mound after losing a season due to Tommy John surgery. While Wainwright has said he intends to treat this spring as he would any other, the Cardinals will consider modifying his program if it's in Wainwright's best interest.
Though Spring Training won't officially begin for another two days, Matheny has already begun evaluating those who have reported. He stood behind the mounds at the Cardinals' complex on Friday eyeing pitchers as they threw their bullpen sessions.
Kyle Lohse, Mitchell Boggs, Eduardo Sanchez, Tyrell Jenkins, Adam Reifer and Adam Ottavino were among those who threw on Friday morning.
Other pitchers, including Chris Carpenter and Jake Westbrook, threw long toss on a nearby field. Across the complex, several position players took part in their own drills. All five of the Cardinals' projected starters have reported to camp.
Though minor setbacks or injuries can still pop up, Mozeliak said that at this time, he is not aware of any pitchers or catchers who will be limited at the start of camp.
Ozzie, Edmonds among guest instructors
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals' conglomerate of alumni-turned-guest instructors will grow this spring under new manager Mike Matheny. Among the new faces scheduled to help out during Spring Training are Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and Jim Edmonds.
Long-time Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog and former players Willie McGee, Lou Brock and Bob Gibson are also slated to spend part of the next seven weeks in Jupiter, Fla. Brock and Gibson have offered their assistance during Spring Training for years.
The timing of Smith's addition to this group of instructors is not arbitrary. It was well known that he and former manager Tony La Russa had a fractured relationship dating back to Smith's days as a player under La Russa. With La Russa now in retirement, Smith has embraced the opportunity to further reconnect with the organization.
In addition to offering his help this spring, Edmonds is expected to settle into a more long-term role with the organization. That job description is still in the process of being defined.
"His role is unclear as far as exactly what we're going to do with him," general manager John Mozeliak said. "But I know he wants to be a part of the organization."
Edmonds retired a Cardinal last February after signing a Minor League deal two weeks earlier. He spent eight of his 17 Major League seasons in St. Louis.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.