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The value of focus on Cardinals conditioning

Rene Pena heads minors strength and conditioning

How the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system benefits during the season from an increased focus on off-season conditioning.

As the St. Louis Cardinals' season-opening player assignment decisions were communicated, some players always remain behind. Some are for performance reasons while others are rehabbing injuries at the organization's complex in Jupiter, Fla. Late in spring camp, the list of rehabbing players included five pitchers: Ben Freeman, Steven Gallardo, Tyler Mills, Alex Reyes and Brad Watson. A number...

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