• Matheny has been encouraged by the mobility Carlos Beltran has shown on the basepaths and in the outfield. Beltran opened the season bothered by a fractured right small toe.
• Daniel Descalso made his second start of the season at shortstop on Wednesday night.
• The Cardinals are slated to face, in order, the following starters in their upcoming four-game series at Philadelphia: Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Kyle Kendrick. Though Shane Robinson's first start of the season was washed out on Tuesday, he'll likely make a start against the left-handed Hamels or Lee.
• Top prospect Oscar Taveras connected for his first Triple-A home run on Wednesday in Memphis' 8-3 win over New Orleans. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and three runs.