CARDS EXTRAS

Oscar Taveras out for Futures Game

2013-07-08T15:04:00Z 2013-08-14T19:16:18Z Oscar Taveras out for Futures GameBy Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285 stltoday.com

Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras will not participate in the Futures Game because of the high ankle sprain that has twice placed him on the Class AAA disabled list.

Taveras and second baseman Kolten Wong were selected to represent the Cardinals for a second consecutive year in the All-Star break’s annual prospect showcase.

Taveras, who is batting .307, has missed more than a month total with the injury, which happened in May and he aggravated June 23.

Taveras has been rehabbing at the team’s complex in Jupiter, Fla., where he has started running and baseball activities. It’s possible he will not be off the disabled list in time for the Futures Game, which is next Sunday.

MLB.com reported that Wong will be the Cardinals’ only Futures participant because another club prospect will not be selected to take Taveras’ place.

EXTRA BASES

Shortstop Pete Kozma, who is hitting .234, returned to the starting lineup after receiving three days to work on his swing. “Took some great steps,” Matheny said. “It’s that fine line between how much time we gave him is a good amount? We knew going in that he was to get his mind right, get a little bit of work in, and then get back out there.” . . .

Cardinals minor-league pitcher Tyrell Jenkins, the 50th overall pick in 2010, was placed on the Class A disabled list with a back strain that interrupted his start Saturday. The 20-year-old prospect is 4-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 13 starts split between low Class A Peoria and high Class A Palm Beach. …

Sunday was the 50th anniversary of Cardinals Hall of Fame infielder Red Schoendienst’s final game in the majors. He was 40. …

The Cardinals have what’s been called a “standard menu of bonuses” for All-Star Game selections and other awards, like the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Wainwright’s All-Star selection is worth $50,000, and others have $25,000 bonuses for selection to the All-Star Game. …

With Molina out, veteran Ty Wigginton continued to serve as the team’s backup catcher. Wigginton unwrapped a new catcher’s cage mask, straight from the box, to wear because he’s found the popular hockey-style masks to be uncomfortable.

Derrick Goold covers the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for The Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @dgoold or on Facebook at Facebook.com/BirdLandPD

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