JUPITER, Fla. Matt Carpenter, who hasn't played in an exhibition game yet as he has been tending to an ailing back, will be the designated hitter for the Cardinals on Tuesday as they face the Miami Marlins.
Carpenter, who will bat third in the lineup, did walk in his first at-bat in an intrasquad game on Sunday, prompting manager Mike Matheny to joke Tuesday morning, "That's more than a lot of the guys here."
Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals' first-day starter on March 29 in New York, will face Jose Urena, who will be the starter for the Marlins, who are 10-5-2 in the Grapefruit League standings. The Cardinals are 7-8-2.
Cardinals reliever Luke Gregerson, back from the White House where he joined his World Series champion Houston teammates on Monday, is progressing with his oblique injury to the point he can throw a bullpen session in the next couple of days, Matheny said.
Urena will hit for the Marlins but Martinez will not.
1. Dexter Fowler rf
2. Tommy Pham cf
3. Matt Carpenter dh
4. Marcell Ozuna lf
5. Jose Martinez 1b
6. Yadier Molina c
7. Jedd Gyorko 3b
8. Greg Garcia 2b
9. Yairo Munoz ss
RH Carlos Martinez p