Day 23: Cardinals @ Mets; Marlins @ Cardinals (ss)

Good to see Oscar Taveras get some playing time. However, I am so glad that they did not rush the kid. Let him get his mind straight, and his confidence up.

By Gosh, It's Langosch

Jenifer Langosch/

wpid-0307140801.jpgTop prospect Oscar Taveras is finally set to make his Grapefruit League debut and will do so in the split-squad game the Cardinals are playing on the road this afternoon. The Cardinals delayed Taveras’ start into spring games until they saw the outfielder run and slide without hesitating as he pushed off his surgically-repaired right ankle.

With Taveras already having missed a week of spring games, his chances of making the Opening Day roster likely took a hit. He seemed a longshot to head north with St. Louis anyway, but the Cardinals always said that a sensational spring showing by Taveras could change their mind. Now, there are only three weeks worth of games left for Taveras to make his impression.

Carlos Martinez will start that game in Port St. Lucie.wpid-0307140801a.jpg

Back in Jupiter, the Cardinals will play a second game, this one against the Marlins. Adam Wainwright

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