Rosenthal to Pitch Today

After a throwing a live batting practice session on Wednesday, St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal is scheduled to make his Spring Training debut this afternoon against the Washington Nationals. Rosenthal had been slowed by a strained groin.

For the second time in as many days, prospect Oscar Taveras will be in the lineup—today batting ninth as the designated hitter.

Taveras, who had been working through the final steps of coming back from ankle surgery, made his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday–hitting a double in the first of three at-bats.

Matt Carpenter, 3B

Jhonny Peralta, SS

Matt Holliday, LF

Allen Craig, RF

Yadier Molina, C

Matt Adams, 1B

Mark Ellis, 2B

Jon Jay, CF

Taveras, DH (Wacha)

Michael Wacha will start for the Cardinals with Rosenthal, Randy Choate, Sam Freeman, Tyler Lyons, Angel Castro, Boone Whiting, and Kurt Heyer expected to follow.

There is also a chance that Jaime Garcia, who received cortisone shot 10 days ago, could resume throwing as early as today. Besides the injection, he was prescribed 10-15 days of rest to reduce the inflammation of bursitis in his left shoulder.

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