• Matheny said that the organization still expects Mark Ellis to play this weekend, possibly Saturday if Ellis passes all his medical checkpoints on Friday. Ellis, who has been sidelined with left knee inflammation since March 13, participated fully in the Cardinals' morning workouts.
• Prior to Friday's game, Matheny spent time with St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Steve Spagnuolo, former head coach for the Rams.
• Molina started for the third consecutive day on Friday, the longest such stretch he's played this spring. He was the latest batter to hit second, too, as Matheny continues to shuffle players in and out of that spot in the batting order.
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