Day 32: Braves @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Manager Mike Matheny is back in Jupiter, Fla., following back surgery in St. Louis on Monday. He’s scheduled to speak with the media shortly, after which we’ll have a better understanding of whether Matheny will be limited at all in what he can do in the coming days. The schedule certainly works in his favor, though, as the Cardinals don’t have to take a bus ride until next Thursday.

Matt Holliday returns to the lineup today for the first time since March 6. He dealt with a stomach virus for several days and then spent the last few days regaining his energy and strength.

The fifth-starter competition takes center stage today, as both Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller pitch against Atlanta. Kelly gets the start; Miller will come in second. This is expected to be the last turn through the rotation before the Cardinals decide which of the two will start the season in the rotation. If the pair don’t cover all the innings, Michael Wacha and/or Trevor Rosenthal will be available out of the ‘pen. Talk about getting a nice glimpse of the future…

For those of you who have access to FOX Sports Midwest, note that today is the first of 10 Spring Training games scheduled to be televised on the station. Five of the next six games will be televised by FSM.

Also, Marc Rzepczynski offered a positive eye report today. The eye doctor told him yesterday that 95 percent of the inflammation in his left eye is gone. Rzepczynski has another doctor’s visit on Friday; he hopes then to get clearance to return to a game. Rzepczynski will throw a side session again today. The blurriness subsided substantially on Wednesday, Rzepczynski said, and he doesn’t believe he’ll need to wear glasses on the mound.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Jon Jay (CF)
  2. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. David Freese (3B)
  6. Oscar Taveras (RF)
  7. Pete Kozma (SS)
  8. Tony Cruz (C)
  9. Joe Kelly (RHP)

Pitchers: Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal, Eduardo Sanchez, Victor Marte, Keith Butler

BRAVES LINEUP:

  1. Jordan Schafer (CF)
  2. Tyler Pastornicky (SS)
  3. Freddie Freeman (1B)
  4. Dan Uggla (2B)
  5. Chris Johnson (3B)
  6. Evan Gattis (C)
  7. Joey Terdoslavich (RF)
  8. Jordan Parraz (LF)
  9. Mike Minor (LHP)

Pitchers: Mike Minor

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1 Comment

Any chance Al Hrabowsky has retired. He can put me to sleep inside of 5 minutes. Ricky Horton is much more interesting.

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