St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News St. Louis Cardinals 2015-03-06T02:56:37Z St. Louis Cardinals Martinez's work starting to pay dividends Carlos Martinez fanned three in two innings as he aims to lock down fifth spot in Cards' rotation. Heyward debuts in Cardinals red with first-pitch single Jason Heyward wasted little time endearing himself to the Cardinals' faithful with a single on he first pitch he saw. Cards still hoping legend Schoendienst makes it to camp The 92-year-old former player and manager has been delayed in his arrival to camp with medical issues. Wainwright one step closer to return Adam Wainwright is expected to face live hitters the next time out as he recovers from a recently diagnosed abdominal strain. Cardinals not rushed by pitch clock Manager Mike Matheny says the Cardinals will take a wait and see approach before "making everybody overly conscious of it." Martinez dominates in bid to earn fifth spot The righty struck out three of the six batters he faced and retired, throwing only 29 pitches. Matheny channels inner catcher for Gonzales, Tuivailala While most players enjoyed a day away from the Cardinals' spring complex on Wednesday, a pair of young pitchers who did report to throw off the mound ended up with the added perk of getting to pitch to their manager. Handful of Cards participate in light off-day workout With players having earned an off-day on Wednesday by completing a "27 outs" exercise to end workouts the day before, the Cardinals' spring complex was low on activity the day before the team opens Grapefruit League play. Key questions heading into Grapefruit play After nearly two weeks of fielding fundamentals, bullpen sessions and batting practice, the Cardinals will move on to the next phase of Spring Training with the start of their Grapefruit League season on Thursday. Here are seven questions (in no particular order) that the Cardinals will look to answer over their upcoming 28-game Grapefruit League slate: Matheny names pitchers for first three Grapefruit games Cardinals manager Mike Matheny outlined his pitching alignment for the first three games of the Grapefruit League season and said he was giving his club a well-deserved day off on Wednesday. Their Grapefruit League schedule begins on Thursday against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Wacha puts tough postseason in the past The first two years in the Major Leagues have presented the highest of highs and lowest of lows for Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha. Carpenter plans to be aggressive, but smart The Cardinals have shown no indication that they plan to change Matt Carpenter's placement in their lineup. However, if Carpenter accomplishes what he has set as a season goal, he'll take a different look back into the familiar spot atop the batting order. Martinez to start Grapefruit League opener In mapping out their spring pitching schedule, the Cardinals have decided to give Carlos Martinez not just a long look, but also the first one, as Martinez pursues a job in the starting rotation. Single-game tickets go on sale Friday Single-game tickets for the Cardinals' 81 regular-season home games will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. CT, the organization announced on Monday. Fans intending to purchase tickets to at least three home games can enjoy early access to tickets, beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Wainwright throws 41 pitches in bullpen session Though still limited in running and agility work, Adam Wainwright received the go-ahead from the training staff and returned to the mound on Monday to throw his first bullpen session in 10 days. Wainwright threw 41 pitches in the session, describing it afterward as "exactly what I wanted it to be." Peralta comfortable after proving himself in 2014 While it might not look like it to an outsider, Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta insists that so much has changed from last year to this one. Jay likely out for Grapefruit League opener Though Jon Jay has been participating in the position players' on-field workout rotations since full-squad workouts began, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged on Sunday that Jay likely won't be ready to start the team's Grapefruit League opener on Thursday. Grichuk swings, says back has improved With an eye on being cleared to return to the field on Monday, Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk increased his work in the batting cages on Sunday and reported improvement with his lower back afterward. Matheny expects big bounce-back from his hitters The Cardinals won the NL Central with 90 wins a year ago despite slumping across the board on offense. Redbirds skipper Mike Matheny is looking for much more production from his bats in 2015. White Sox legend Minoso passes away Minnie Minoso, a nine-time All-Star who played in five decades, died on Sunday morning. Cardinals mix hitters with pitchers to talk 'shop' When rain forced the Cardinals indoors for workouts Friday, manager Mike Matheny decided to use part of the time for discussion groups among the players and coaches. Pitchers and hitters were divided into groups to discuss various situations that might happen in games. Piscotty makes tweaks to bolster his power It's only a matter of time before Stephen Piscotty, the Cardinals' top prospect, is given his shot at the MLB level. The sooner his power increases, the sooner that might happen. Taste of Majors fuels Tuivailala at Cardinals camp Sam Tuivailala, 22, acknowledges that he was a little overwhelmed last September when the Cardinals called him up to the big leagues. Consistent Cardinals have few worries Once more, they have very few question marks. As usual, they have high expectations. In that way, the St. Louis Cardinals never seem to change much. Villanueva calls role with MLBPA 'special' Though not the longest-tenured Major Leaguer in the Cardinals' clubhouse this spring, Carlos Villanueva may just be the most well-versed in the business of baseball. Notes from Cardinals spring camp, Feb. 27 From a rain-soaked complex in southern Florida, here are some items of note regarding the Cardinals' workout schedule and what lies ahead. Rain doesn't keep Cardinals from work at camp Using all the rooms, nooks and crannies that their spring complex had to offer, the Cardinals were able to salvage a day of work on Friday despite the persistent rain that left the fields too soggy for much outdoor activity. Waino returns to camp; hopes to throw off mound Monday Adam Wainwright returned to Cardinals camp on Friday, one day after a St. Louis-area specialist diagnosed him with an abdominal strain that should not keep him from continuing through a spring throwing program. Martinez among Cards pitchers to face hitters After having a first wave of pitchers throw live batting practice -- or, as the Cardinals now prefer to call it, pitching practice -- on Wednesday, a different group of 13 pitchers took the mound Thursday to face hitters for the first time this spring. Grichuk skips workouts with sore lower back Outfielder Randal Grichuk put in a full day at the Cardinals' complex Thursday but did not join his teammates on the field for the scheduled workouts due to lower back soreness. Regional Daily News 2015-03-06T07:56:37Z