• The Cardinals are still hopeful that infielder Mark Ellis (left knee inflammation) will make a weekend return to Grapefruit League play. Ellis, who last appeared in a game a week ago, was able to hit, throw and take ground balls on Wednesday.
• Matheny said he expects the club to finalize its roster before it leaves Florida next Thursday to play an exhibition game in Memphis, home of the organization's Triple-A club.
• ProCamps announced on Thursday that Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter will host a youth baseball camp at Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Mo., from 4-7:30 p.m. CT on July 21. For more information about the camp, which is open to boys and girls from grades 1-8, and/or to register, visit MattCarpenterCamp.com.
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