Postcard from Cardinals camp for Saturday, March 25

Weather: 78 degrees, sunny

Result: Marlins 1, Cardinals 0


JUPITER, Fla. – Injuries were the order of the day for the Cardinals on Saturday, but luckily none of them appear to be serious.

Starter Lance Lynn had to leave the game after pitching just one inning because of “rib soreness,” but general manager John Mozeliak said the move was precautionary and that Lynn likely would have continued to pitch if it had been a regular-season game.

John Gant replaced Lynn, but he also had to leave after an inning when he experienced “groin tightness” as he was warming up before the start of the third inning. Mozeliak said Gant, headed to Memphis as a starter, would be re-examined in the next day or two.

Finally, Jhonny Peralta, starting at shortstop for the first time this spring, came out of the game after fouling a ball off his left knee in the fourth inning. He said an X-ray was negative and that the knee was sore, but he did not expect it to sideline him for more than a day or so.

The loss to the Marlins snapped the Cardinals’ five-game winning streak.

Other news and notes from Saturday:

High: Infielder Wilfredo Tovar, a non-roster player, had two of the Cardinals’ five hits and also made several outstanding plays on defense first at second base and then at shortstop.

Low:
The Cardinals had the tying run on third with one out in the ninth but could not get Harrison Bader home as Stephen Piscotty and Paul DeJong both struck out to end the game.

At the plate
: Other than Tovar’s single and double, the Cardinals had only two hits before Bader’s single leading off the ninth, singles by Randal Grichuk and Patrick Wisdom … Piscotty’s 0-for-4 day, including two strikeouts, dropped his spring average to .133 … Matt Carpenter was 0-for-3, striking out in all three at-bats … The Cardinals were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

On the mound:
The tough-luck loser was Mike Mayers, who should have been out of the fourth inning but Grichuk lost a fly ball in the sun, letting the game’s only run score on what was ruled a double. That was one of two hits allowed by Mayers in his two innings as an unexpected replacement for Lynn and Gant … Ryan Sherriff, Brett Cecil, Jonathan Broxton and Kevin Siegrist all worked scoreless innings.

In the clubhouse:
Manager Mike Matheny confirmed that Miguel Socolovich will open the season in the Cardinals’ bullpen, apparently indicating that Tyler Lyons will begin the year on the disabled list as he recovers from off-season knee surgery … Matheny also told Jose Martinez that he has made the team, the first time in Martinez’s career he will begin a season in the major leagues … That news came after Tommy Pham was optioned to Memphis before Saturday’s game, essentially setting the Cardinals’ opening day roster unless there are any additional injuries this week.

Up next:
The Cardinals will play the Marlins again on Sunday. Mike Leake will be on the mound. They have four games remaining before leaving Florida.