• Matheny said that his decision to keep catcher Yadier Molina out of the lineup Wednesday had nothing to do with Molina having any setback Tuesday. Molina, who missed two games over the weekend due to a sore right knee, also exited Tuesday's game after the Cardinals led comfortably through seven innings.
"It's just what we're doing moving forward, taking opportunities when we have them to give him a little rest," Matheny said. "That's really been the plan from the beginning."
• The Cardinals' next appearance at Busch Stadium will come July 18, as the club scheduled an afternoon workout on the final day of the All-Star break. The workout is expected to last no more than an hour.
• The Cardinals are scheduled to face the following pitchers during their upcoming series in Chicago: Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.50 ERA), Carlos Villanueva (2-4, 3.39 ERA), Matt Garza (5-1, 3.22 ERA) and Travis Wood (6-6, 2.69 ERA). Sunday's series finale has been selected as ESPN's Sunday night game of the week.
• David Popkins of the Class A Advanced Palm Beach was selected as the Florida State's League Topps Player of the Month for June. Popkins, a 22-year-old outfielder who was signed as a non-drafted free agent last summer, led the FSL with a .413 batting average and 38 hits last month. He scored 18 runs and finished with an on-base-percentage (.450), slugging percentage (.598) and OPS (1.1048) that each ranked in the top four in the league.
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.