Bourjos takes advantage of extra at-bats

Outfielder gets hits in 'B' game and Grapefruit League game on Friday

Bourjos takes advantage of extra at-bats

JUPITER, Fla. -- Hearing his request for extra at-bats, the Cardinals found seven for Peter Bourjos on Friday by playing him in both an early morning "B" game and then the normally scheduled Grapefruit League game against the Marlins.

Bourjos, who opened spring 0-for-12, delivered an opposite-field double in his first "B" game at-bat. He then officially snapped his hitless skid with a single in his second at-bat of the second game. Bourjos asked for the opportunity to see more live pitching because of his troubles getting the timing down on his swing.

His ability to drive a ball to right field and hit another up the middle was, Bourjos believes, an indication that an offseason hip procedure is allowing him to get more rotation in his swing.

Matheny discusses Bourjos

"Now I'm actually able to lay back and see the ball," Bourjos said. "The balls that I miss, it's just a matter of being a hair too early or a hair too late."

Here are other news items from the day:

Adam Wainwright (abdominal strain) participated in some light running and simulated fielding drills during the morning workouts. He did lateral, forward and backward movements in addition to cutting diagonally backward as if he were covering first base. The Cardinals will not put Wainwright into a Grapefruit League game until he is able to field his position and run.

• The organization's reigning Minor League Player of the Year, Magneuris Sierra, went 2-for-3 in the morning "B" game, which was attended by the Major League coaching staff. Catcher Carson Kelly helped the Cardinals take a quick 3-0 lead with a two-run double in the first.

Andrew Morales, the 71st-overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, started for St. Louis and pitched two scoreless innings. Former first-round picks Rob Kaminsky (1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB) and Jack Flaherty (2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K) also appeared.

• Infielder Jacob Wilson, a non-roster invitee in Cards camp, played several innings at shortstop in the "B" game as the Cardinals try to get him familiar with the new position. Wilson has moved between second and short during his time in the Minors.

"We just needed him to feel a little more comfortable so if he gets some time at shortstop, it wouldn't feel so foreign to him," manager Mike Matheny said. "He looked good, made a couple of good plays, had the arm for it. Range is always going to be an issue. But he looked good to me."

Trevor Rosenthal hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and allowed three singles in his eighth-inning appearance. Nevertheless, Matheny thought there was a positive beyond the results.

"Rosey, to me, is throwing the ball very well," Matheny said. "He's locating very close misses all day. The changeup was good speed. Like the cutter. He's in a good spot right now … maybe as good as we've seen it in a while."

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