Worth noting

• The Cardinals still have not publicly projected when Allen Craig (right shoulder soreness) will see game action at first base. He did serve as the team's designated hitter again on Saturday and knocked in his fourth run of the spring in the first inning and his fifth in the third inning against the Nationals. Once Craig is cleared to play the field, he'll also do some outfield work in order to prepare himself for fill-in time there this season.

• Even though Rafael Furcal speculated earlier in the week that he'd be ready to play shortstop in Saturday's game, the Cardinals had no intention of sending him out there. The team continues to be cautious with the veteran, who is nursing a bone spur in his right elbow.

• The first of three off-days for the Cardinals is approaching, and Matheny indicated that there will be little to no activity going on at the team's complex on Tuesday. The off-day will allow an extra day of rest for the team's starters.

"I don't mind how long Spring Training is, but what I've always minded in the past is these guys don't get days to shut it down," Matheny said. "It's even unrealistic compared to our season. Some of these guys are in here fighting for jobs, and they show up here every single day thinking they have to do something.