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Cardinals Vs. Braves, Spring Training: Cardinals Return For Second Straight Game Against Braves

The St. Louis Cardinals decided they liked Lake Buena Vista so much they would play a second straight day there. The Atlanta Braves host the Cards again at 1:05.

Braves Lineup:
1. Martin Prado, LF
2. Alex Gonzalez, SS
3. Jason Heyward, RF
4. Dan Uggla, 2B
5. Freddie Freeman, 1B
6. David Ross, C
7. Joe Mather, 3B
8. Wilkin Ramirez, CF
9. Derek Lowe, SP

Cardinals Lineup:
1. Skip Schumaker, 2B
2. Ryan Theriot, SS
3. Matt Carpenter, 3B
4. Matt Holliday, LF
5. Mark Hamilton, 1B
6. Nick Stavinoha, RF
7. Jon Jay, CF
8. Gerald Laird, C
9. Kyle McClellan, SP

Braves Pitchers: Derek Lowe, Scott Linebrink, Cristhian Martinez, Stephen Marek, Juan Abreu and Julio Teheran.

The Braves are going through first round of cuts today, so expect some of the prospects to head down to minor league camp, including the big three of Arodys Vizcaino, Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado. Teheran appears to be getting one final outing in big league camp.

Wilkin Ramirez in center field should not go unnoticed. He remains a candidate for the fourth outfielder job, and getting him some innings in center is important for this. I'm sure the Braves will be watching his defense closely.

Something I failed to post yesterday was the update on Nate McLouth's shoulder. According to David O'Brien, McLouth received a cortisone shot in the shoulder yesterday and will be out till at least Friday. He said he's fine in the box, but there is pain throwing. Here's to a quick recovery for McLouth so he can continue to work on his good spring.

Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig has been scratched with left leg tightness. It is deemed precautionary. Nick Stavinoha is starting in right.

A quick update on Luis Salazar, though it's not really an update. Nothing new has come from the hospital or from the organization this morning, but O'Brien is around the team during these spring mornings and knows the conversations and thoughts from the players and coaches. This is what he's getting so far:

O'Brien: "#Some Braves have heard reports and are fearing that Salazar may lose the use of his left eye."

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.