• The Cardinals plan to start Joe Kelly in Friday's series opener against the Cubs, but the organization is still evaluating its options for the two weekend games. Carlos Martinez could come back on five days' rest to start Saturday, or the Cardinals could plug Shelby Miller back into the rotation. Adam Wainwright would be ready to return Sunday on regular rest.
• Outfielder Jonathan Rivera and right-hander Derian Gonzalez represented the Cardinals in the Dominican Summer League All-Star Game on Sunday. Rivera, signed out of Panama in 2013, flied out in his only at-bat. Gonzalez, a 2012 signee from Venezuela, issued a walk and hit a batter in his appearance.
• Left-hander Tim Cooney struck out four and allowed an unearned run in his six-inning start for Triple-A Memphis on Monday. In three July starts, Cooney has allowed three earned runs in 22 innings. Memphis lost Sunday's game, 4-1.
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.