St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) during workouts at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
(The Chirp) -- Rightfielder Carlos Beltran was limited to DH duties early in the spring because of shoulder stiffness which was not believed to be serious. The Cardinals had two long trips during the first week of exhibition games and Beltran missed both.
RHP Adam Wainwright, pitching for the first time since 2010 after missing last year because of Tommy John elbow surgery, fanned two, including Joe Mauer, in two hitless, shutout innings against the Minnesota Twins. He was throwing in the low 90s with regularity.
1B Matt Adams, voted the outstanding player in the Class AA Texas League last year, knocked in seven of the Cardinals' first 15 runs this spring as he served as the designated hitter. Adams hit a grand slam and a three-run triple and showed the ability to hit the ball to the opposite field. "I've got a simple swing," Adams said. "I try to keep it that way ... just be short and quick to the ball."
Manager Mike Matheny gave many of the Cardinals' young players some early game action before sending them back to the minor league complex. Hard-throwing RHP Tyrell Jenkins, 19, pitched a scoreless inning against Washington, and 2B Kolten Wong, the top pick last year, delivered a key sacrifice fly in Matheny's first managerial win.
LHP Jaime Garcia, who struggled last spring before coming on late in March, had a dominant first Grapefruit League appearance, striking out four Boston Red Sox in two innings. "All I'm worried about is getting better each day and being ready for opening day," said Garcia, who fanned CF Jacoby Ellsbury and 2B Dustin Pedroia in succession to start the game.
2B Tyler Greene was playing well in the field, notably in pivoting double plays where he can use his strong arm, and was reaching base often via hit or walk. So far, the position seems to be his to lose.
Gold Glove CF Jim Edmonds became the latest former Cardinals star to join the camp as an instructor. Edmonds also has showed some interest in some front-office possibility. "I've always wanted to help," Edmonds said. "I just never know how much of the day-to-day process would be on the field or off the field. You never know what you're getting into until you take that step."
BY THE NUMBERS: 4 -- Number of batters fanned by RHP Adam Ottavino in his first spring inning. One of the batters reached base on a wild pitch.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Nobody wants to come out here and stand around just to put on the uniform. That's not my thing. The guys seemed to listen and want to be helped. If they don't, I'll know this isn't my gig." -- Former Gold Glove CF Jim Edmonds, on his first exposure in Cardinals camp as an instructor.