--RHP Bryan Augenstein, a waiver claim from Arizona in the offseason, was the only real longshot to make the Cardinals' Opening Day roster. Augenstein posted an 0.77 earned run average in 11 2/3 spring innings after having a 6.49 ERA at Class AAA Reno last year.
--The Cardinals finished spring training with a 14-16-1 record, only their second losing spring since 2000. "We weren't playing to lose," said manager Tony La Russa, "but we got our work in."
--Other than C Gerald Laird, none of the Cardinals' bench players has spent a full season in the majors. OFs Jon Jay and Allen Craig and INF Daniel Descalso made their big-league debuts last year, and INF Tyler Greene has spent parts of two seasons with the club.
--SS Ryan Theriot will be the fifth different player to start that position for the Cardinals in the last five seasons. The other four, in order, were David Eckstein, Cesar Izturis, Khalil Greene and Brendan Ryan.
--Eight-time Gold Glove CF Jim Edmonds will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Thursday. Edmonds, 40, announced his retirement this spring after accepting an invitation to come to camp as non-roster player. Edmonds has an Achilles' condition that did not respond to surgery.
BY THE NUMBERS
32 -- Number of years Dave Duncan has been a major league pitching coach.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"A series of three at-bats is hardly a serious pursuit." -- Switch-hitting RF Lance Berkman, on hitting left-handed against left-handed pitching in a spring training game to protect his left elbow.
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