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Worth noting

• David Freese needed stitches to close a gash in his right hand that he sustained on Sunday while lunging to tag Norichika Aoki as Aoki tried to score from third in the first inning. Freese continued to play despite the cut and finished 2-for-3 at the plate.

• In order to fit in with Sunday's promotion at the ballpark, all eight of the Cardinals' starting position players wore their socks high during the game. The "High Socks Sunday" tradition was something that began last season but never got full participation. According to Freese, it was Allen Craig who devised the plan to get everyone involved in the fashion statement on Sunday. Kids 15 years and younger received a pair of high socks upon entering Busch Stadium on Sunday.

• Chris Carpenter said that his arm responded well enough to throwing three simulated innings on Saturday that he'll continue to move forward with his throwing program as scheduled. That means he will throw a short side session on Monday before throwing four simulated innings on Thursday.

• The Cardinals are scheduled to face Jason Marquis (5-2, 3.49 ERA), Edinson Volquez (3-4, 5.55 ERA) and Burch Smith (0-0, 15.63 ERA) during their upcoming series against the Padres. San Diego will be the first stop on a three-city road trip that will also take them to Los Angeles and Kansas City.

• Because their 40-man roster is currently full, the Cardinals will have to open up a spot in order to add Tyler Lyons on Wednesday. If, by then, the club learns that Garcia will be out for an extensive period of time, moving him to the 60-day disabled list would clear the necessary room.

• Left-hander Tim Cooney tossed six scoreless innings in Double-A Springfield's shutout win on Saturday. Cooney (2-0, 2.45 ERA) allowed five hits and struck out seven.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for
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