Jose Martinez had an epiphany while watching video of Miguel Cabrera and Josh Donaldson, and he's hit his way onto the St. Louis Cardinals' opening day roster. Before heading to camp this spring, Martinez worked out with fellow Venezuelans Martin Prado and Miguel Rojas of the Marlins in Miami. ''We started watching some swings from Donaldson and Miguel Cabrera, and we noticed that they don't hit ground balls,'' Martinez said.
Wacha, who'll start the Cardinals' last game in Florida on Wednesday, is also a candidate to start the third game of the regular season against the Cubs, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Wacha has been one of the brightest spots of a terrific spring for the Cardinals with a 3-0 record, 2.05 ERA and 18:5 K:BB over six appearances. With Carlos Martinez and Adam Wainwright penciled in for the first two games of the opening series, manager Mike Matheny is reportedly deciding between Wacha and Lance Lynn (ribs) to close out the set against the defending champions.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. • Lefthander Tyler Lyons, in his second Grapefruit League outing as he rehabs from off-season knee surgery, worked two scoreless innings in the Cardinals' 3-2 win over Houston on Monday night. He got some help from third baseman Greg Garcia, who took a hit away. Lyons “was good today,” manager Mike Matheny said. “We still have to see how he responds.” Lyons is likely to be placed on the new 10-day disabled list and to go on a minor league rehabilitation option when the season starts. Second baseman Kolten Wong, whose spring training offense, or lack of same, has become a storyline in recent days, tripled in a run and scored another in the second. After fanning to leave the