Postcard from Cardinals camp for Wednesday, March 29

Weather: 81 degrees, sunny

Result: Cardinals 6, Nationals 2


JUPITER, Fla. – The Cardinals hope they got out of the spring without suffering another serious injury, but they won’t know for certain for another day or two.

Randal Grichuk had to come out of Wednesday’s game after being hit by a pitch on the fingers of his right hand. Tests indicated the hand was not broken, but the team’s X-ray machine already was loaded on the truck headed back to St. Louis. Grichuk said he will see how his hand feels on Thursday and get an X-ray then if necessary.

The only serious injury the Cardinals suffered this spring actually came on the first two days of camp, when Alex Reyes found out he needed Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and would miss the season.

On the field Wednesday, the Cardinals won their 20th game, their highest spring training total in the 20 years they have been training in Jupiter.

Other news and notes from Wednesday:

High: The Cardinals got two RBIs from Matt Carpenter without an official time at-bat as brought in the runs with sacrifice flies in the first and fifth innings.

Low: The potential that Grichuk might have suffered a broken hand when he was hit by the pitch in the sixth inning.

At the plate:
The Cardinals used what could well be their lineup for the season-opener on Sunday night. Dexter Fowler went 2-for-2 with his third triple of the spring, driving in one run and scoring twice … Three of the regulars finished the spring with batting averages of less than .200; Matt Carpenter at .192, Kolten Wong also at .192 and Stephen Piscotty at .151 … Jose Martinez drove in two runs with a single, and Jhonny Peralta also singled in a run.

On the mound:
Michael Wacha raised his spring record to 4-0. He allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four … Arturo Reyes worked two scoreless innings and newly signed reliever Josh Zeid worked a scoreless inning, as did Ryan Sheriff and Matt Bowman.

Spring leaders: Among players with more than 30 at-bats this spring, Magneuris Sierra led the team with a .387 average. Among players with more than 40 at-bats, Martinez was the leader with a .380 average (19-for-50) … Matt Adams had a team-high five homers and Martinez had the most RBIs, 15 … Of pitchers who worked in six or more games, Matt Bowman had the lowest ERA, not allowing a run in his 12 innings of work … Wacha led the staff with 22 strikeouts in 26 innings.

In the clubhouse
: Yadier Molina said the “clock is still running” in talks between his agent and the Cardinals about reaching agreement on a contract extension before Sunday night’s season opener. Molina has said he wants any possible extension completed before that deadline … The Cardinals officially placed Zach Duke on the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday and added backup catcher Eric Fryer to the roster while reassigning Paul DeJong, Harrison Bader, Chad Huffman, Sherriff and Arturo Reyes to Memphis.

Up next:
The Cardinals will play against their top two farm teams in Memphis on Thursday night and in Springfield on Friday night on their way back to St. Louis for Sunday night’s opener against the Cubs. Jonathan Broxton will start Thursday against the Redbirds’ Chris Ellis, one of the players acquired from the Braves for Jaime Garcia. Ellis spent the spring in the minor league camp and will open the season in Memphis’ rotation. Broxton will start in place of Lance Lynn, who will pitch in a minor league game on Thursday in Jupiter … Friday’s pitching matchup will be Mike Leake against Jack Flaherty.