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Cardinal lineup and notes: David Aardsma, prospects, Ballpark Village

Keith Butler is vying for the final bullpen spot.
Keith Butler is vying for the final bullpen spot.
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The Cardinals face the Washington Nationals today; Dan McLaughlin provides a glimpse at the lineup card.

  • 3B Matt Carpenter
  • SS Jhonny Peralta
  • LF Matt Holliday
  • RF Allen Craig
  • C Yadier Molina
  • 1B Matt Adams
  • 2B Mark Ellis
  • CF Jon Jay
  • SP Adam Wainwright

Available pitchers: Randy Choate, Kevin Siegrist, David Aardsma, Keith Bulter, Seth Maness, Carlos Martinez, Scott McGregor, Pat Neshek, Jorge Rondon, Trevor Rosenthal, and Jose Almarante. The game is at noon CST on ESPN.

The Cardinals signed Aardsma to a minor league deal. Bill Ivie notes that the signing could impact the final bullpen spot; Rondon, Butler, and McGregor could all be demoted if Aardsma wins the job in his 2 upcoming outings. It’ll also make things interesting when Jason Motte returns to the bullpen. If Aardsma can regain his 2009-2010 form, he’ll be a steal on a minor league deal.

Cardinals Farm looks at the Cardinals top 20 prospects and where they will start the season; pretty standard stuff. They believe the Cardinals will start #6 Alex Reyes and #7 Rob Kaminsky in extended spring training, essentially assuring they’ll be on a short-season team (either short season A College State or rookie level Johnson City). It would probably be a smart move, since both young pitchers need more experience before ascending up the ladder. Tyrell Jenkins is also listed at extended spring training, which he confirmed earlier in the spring; he’s rehabbing from surgery on his lat and won’t be ready for the beginning of the season.

Ballpark Village is a hot topic again, but for a bad reason this time: a dress code. After nine PM, the complex will implement guidelines for what patrons of the restaurants and bars may wear; banned at sleeveless shirts for me, athletic shorts, sweat suits, jerseys on non-game days, sagging pants, excessively long shirts, hats, or exposed undergarments. Minors will need a parent/guardian to accompany them prior to nine and will not be allowed after the cutoff. The dress code is being called into question by civil rights groups; they believe that this is targeting African American patrons; the Cordish Company, which is working with the Cardinals in the construction of the facility, is already facing litigation for similar rules at facilities they built in Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas City. This is not the best press to get days before opening.

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