• Jeff Locke was walking around beaming following his early-Wednesday side session, calling it "great, felt loose and refreshed, just on top of everything." Needless to add, the lefty is on for his Saturday start in St. Louis.
• Starling Marte was to again try gripping a bat with both hands in workouts prior to Wednesday's game. Marte became eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday, but his bruised right hand is nowhere near playing condition. Swinging and throwing with force are still a long way off.
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