Worth noting

• Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz is expected back in Cardinals camp on Thursday after making a trip to Mexico to secure a work visa. With that visa in hand, Diaz is now able to play in Grapefruit League games, and Matheny said "you'll probably see him at some point" on Friday. Matheny would not commit to whether Diaz will start Friday's game or come in off the bench.

• Motte is scheduled to throw his third live batting practice on Friday. The Cardinals have not said whether Motte will be cleared to pitch in games once he passes this next step.

• 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.

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.