Worth noting

• Right-hander Michael Wacha allowed two earned runs on five hits over four innings in his Triple-A debut on Sunday. Perhaps the most surprising part of Wacha's line, though, was that he walked four and didn't strike out a batter. Wacha walked only four in the 21 innings he pitched last year after being the Cardinals' top pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

• Outfielder Oscar Taveras was due to join Triple-A Memphis on Monday after encountering some travel delays in his trip back from the Dominican Republic. Taveras returned to the Dominican Republic last week due to a death in his family.

• Before Jaime Garcia threw the first official pitch of Monday's home opener, the Cardinals sent Jason Isringhausen and Jim Edmonds out to deliver ceremonial pitches. Jason Motte caught the offering from Isringhausen, St. Louis' former closer. Chris Carpenter caught the pitch from Edmonds, a former teammate.

• Reds manager Dusty Baker made a point of coming out of the visitors' dugout to shake hands with several of the Cardinals' Hall of Famers who passed by during Monday's pregame parade.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.