Reynolds shows off power bat Cardinals signed him for

Lackey to make spring debut Monday; Lynn still a week away

Reynolds shows off power bat Cardinals signed him for

JUPITER, Fla. -- Mark Reynolds took a first-inning pitch off his elbow that left his arm numb for about an inning.

But he showed that all was just fine when he returned to the plate in the third and proceeded to connect on a fastball from Bud Norris for a three-run homer.

It was a no-doubter, too, the sort of power display that led the Cardinals to Reynolds as they looked to add some pop to their bench.

"I feel like I'm putting some good at-bats together," said Reynolds, now 2-for-8 this spring. "Early on, I'm just trying to see some pitches. Maybe not being as aggressive as I normally would be, but right there at 2-0, I know he's trying to throw a strike and I'm trying to be aggressive."

"We watched it actually kind of click in during batting practice today," added manager Mike Matheny. "It looked like he got into a good rhythm and felt good about his swing."

Knowing that he'll be used in a pinch-hitting role, Reynolds said he'll likely simulate coming off the bench for at-bats later in Spring Training.

Here are other news items from the day:

• Matheny announced that John Lackey will make his spring debut on Monday when the Cardinals host the Tigers. That sets Lackey up to make four Grapefruit League starts in total. Starting ahead of Lackey will be Michael Wacha (Saturday vs. Twins) and Carlos Martinez (Sunday at Twins). Lefty Marco Gonzales is lined up to start on Tuesday against Miami.

• Right-hander Lance Lynn (left hip flexor strain) played long toss on Thursday and is expected to return to the mound for a bullpen session on Friday. Lynn is at least a week away from making his next game appearance.

• Matheny said that center fielder Jon Jay went "a little slower" on Thursday after increasing his number of swings the day before. Jay, whose spring program was slowed because of offseason wrist surgery, is expected to participate in full workouts for a few more days and then will be ready to begin game play.

• Right-hander Alex Reyes, ranked by MLB.com as the Cardinals' fourth-best prospect, made a cameo in the game after being summoned from minor league camp. Reyes, 20, retired all three batters he faced (all on groundouts) and hit 97 mph on the stadium radar gun.

"Fastball looked great, and the changeup looked like it did from behind the plate," said Matheny, who caught Reyes' bullpen session a few weeks ago. "He threw a 3-2 changeup out there. He has the confidence to throw it, and he threw it for a strike. It has good action, good speed."

In his one Grapefruit League appearance last season, Reyes struck out two but also allowed two homers against the Mets.

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