• According to Mozeliak, top prospect Oscar Taveras traveled to the Dominican Republic for two days to take care of a family matter. Taveras, who has been rehabbing a high right ankle sprain in Florida, is expected to need another 10 days before being cleared to resume playing in games. He is still being advised not to put a lot of weight on the ankle.
• The Cardinals' Class A Advanced Palm Beach affiliate swept the Florida State League's Player and Pitcher of the Week awards Monday. First baseman Jonathan Rodriguez earned Player of the Week honors after going 12-for-26 with three doubles, three homers, nine RBIs and four walks in seven games. Teammate Ryan Sherriff, who won the pitching accolade, took a no-hitter into the ninth during his start Saturday. He settled for a one-hit shutout. Sherriff has allowed one earned run over his last 26 1/3 innings.
• Right-hander Dixon Llorens was named the Pitcher of the Week for Class A Peoria in the Midwest League. He pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings of relief last week and converted two save opportunities. Llorens struck out eight and allowed only two hits. He has 52 strikeouts in 35 innings with this season.
• The Cardinals entered Monday having scored 44 runs during a four-game span for only the fourth time since 1962. Before ending an 11-game road trip with that offensive explosion, it had last happened from April 13-16, 2011.