Worth noting

Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay arrived at Cardinals camp on Saturday to participate in their first workout of the spring. The only member of the 40-man roster not yet to arrive is veteran Mark Ellis, who is scheduled in on Sunday. Position players are not required to report until Monday.

Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals' first-round pick from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, was among 13 Cardinals pitchers to take the mound on Saturday. Gonzales is not competing for an immediate spot on the big league roster, but he is trying to leave an impression, as Michael Wacha (also a No. 19 overall Draft pick) did a year ago.

"We haven't even gone that far in terms of what his long-term projection is for the season and how we watch him," manager Mike Matheny said of Gonzales. "But I think so far we're seeing the benefits of a great plan put together by [GM John Mozeliak] and the development staff, just to make sure that the heavy load he carried through college and his first full season is something that they took special notice of."

• After several mornings of having ping-pong fill the morning downtime in the clubhouse, attention turned to hockey on Saturday. Players put down the paddles, and several watched the US face Russia in an Olympic meeting. However, they missed the finish, as the Cardinals were already on the field for workouts by the time St. Louis Blues player T.J. Oshie had his moment in the spotlight.

Rob Johnson, who served as a backup catcher with the Cardinals during the second half of last season, has resurfaced with the Padres ... and he is coming back as a pitcher. Johnson, who was removed from the Cardinals' roster in November, did take the mound for St. Louis once last season. He struck out the only batter he faced in a 13-4 loss to the Dodgers.

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.