Worth noting

• Bench coach Mike Aldrete served as the Cardinals' acting manager on Friday after Matheny had to remain in Jupiter because of an illness.

• Mitchell Boggs and Fernando Salas are among the pitchers scheduled to throw in Saturday's game against the Nationals. It will be the last Grapefruit League appearance for each before they head off to their respective World Baseball Classic teams. Boggs will pitch for Team USA, while Salas will be part of Mexico's roster.

• Saturday's game against the Nationals will mark the first meeting between Washington and St. Louis since the Cardinals stunned the Nats in Game 5 of the NL Division Series last October. As the schedule would have it, the two starters from that game -- Adam Wainwright and Gio Gonzalez -- will face each other on Saturday.