• Left-hander Jaime Garcia (left shoulder bursitis) threw 46 pitches in an extended Spring Training appearance on Thursday. He's scheduled to pitch again next Tuesday and will increase his pitch count to 60-65. General manager John Mozeliak said the Cardinals will determine Garcia's next step following that outing.
• Three days after twisting his left ankle, Taveras returned to Triple-A Memphis' lineup on Thursday and went 1-for-4. All but one of Taveras' starts this season have come in the corner outfield, though Memphis is expected to use Taveras more in center moving forward.
• Both Taveras and infielder Greg Garcia extended hitting streaks to nine games in Memphis' loss to Round Rock (Texas) on Thursday. Boone Whiting, winless on the season, picked up the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits in four innings.
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