• Third baseman David Freese (lower back inflammation) said that he plans to hit in the batting cage on Friday for the first time since receiving a cortisone shot on Monday. Freese resumed weight lifting on Thursday and described himself as "progressing well." Freese will play in extended spring training games next week while the Cardinals are on their first regular-season road trip. He still hopes to be activated off the disabled list by April 8, the date of the team's home opener.
• Motte will begin the season on the DL but will make the opening West Coast road trip with the team. Motte, who has been shut down due to a right flexor tendon strain, is still not cleared to throw.
• The Cardinals finished Spring Training with a home attendance total of 98,715 in 16 games at Roger Dean Stadium. That average attendance of 6,169 falls just short of matching the Cardinals' average attendance (6,604) in 2012.
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