• Triple-A Memphis opened its season with a 10-2 win on Thursday. Outfielder Randal Grichuk and third baseman Scott Moore homered in the win, which was awarded to David Aardsma, who struck out two in a scoreless inning of relief.
• Matheny said he is getting reports that all is progressing well with left-hander Jaime Garcia (left shoulder bursitis) in Florida. Garcia stayed behind at the Cardinals' spring complex and continues to throw bullpen sessions and play long toss as he goes through the process of building up arm strength. Matheny was unaware of any plans to have Garcia face batters soon.
• Jason Motte is expected to throw in an extended spring training game or simulated game in Florida on Saturday. Motte is 11 months removed from undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
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