Day 41: Cardinals @ Marlins

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Carlos Beltran was expected to be in the lineup today following his World Baseball Classic absence, but it appears that his right toe injury is going to keep him off the field for a bit longer. Beltran said yesterday that the toe (which was bruised by a pitch just before he left for the Classic) bothered him throughout the international tournament. It hurt when he played right field, he said, and when he swings a bat from the right side (full story here). Manager Mike Matheny is scheduled to meet with the media this morning and should be able to shed additional light on Beltran’s status.

David Freese gets the day off after playing in two straight games. Ty Wigginton returns to the lineup after playing in a Minor League game yesterday to get work on his swing. Wigginton went 4-for-10 with three walks in the Minor League game. How did he get that many plate appearances? Well, the structure of Minors games is fluid, so Wigginton was allowed to lead off every inning. And in the plate appearances where he drew a walk, he stayed in and took another at-bat.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Daniel Descalso (2B)
  2. Oscar Taveras (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Yadier Molina (C)
  5. Matt Adams (1B)
  6. Ty Wigginton (3B)
  7. Adron Chambers (CF)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. Lance Lynn (RHP)

Pitchers: Lance Lynn, Trevor Rosenthal, Randy Choate, Mitchell Boggs, Fernando Salas, Maikel Cleto

MARLINS LINEUP:

  1. Adeiny Hechavarria (SS)
  2. Placido Polanco (3B)
  3. Greg Dobbs (1B)
  4. Austin Kearns (RF)
  5. Chris Coghlan (CF)
  6. Chris Valaika (2B)
  7. Kyle Skipworth (C)
  8. Gorkys Hernandez (LF)
  9. Nathan Eovaldi (RHP)

Pitchers: Nathan Eovaldi

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