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Jedd Gyorko

Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko flips the ball to second base during last Thursday's exhibition game against the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Here is our daily rundown of who's hot and who's not-so-hot for the Cardinals:

TRENDING UP

Jedd Gyorko, SS: With Jhonny Peralta sidelined for months with a thumb injury, Jedd gets first crack at filling the shortstop void. He played there in college and again last season as a fill-in for the San Diego Padres. He was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs hitting in the No. 5 spot against the Mets Monday. His bat will play at that position, given his proven power, but what about his glove?

Jordan Walden, RP: Monday he had another good day in his battle against career-threatening shoulder problems. He threw a shutout inning against the Mets, his second of the spring. The Cardinals aren't banking on his comeback, which is why the team re-signed Jonathan Broxton and imported "The Final Boss," Seung Hwan Oh, from Korea to create another eighth-inning option. Walden would be a huge plus is he can contribute this season.

Stephen Piscotty, OF: He went 2 for 2 with a double, a walk, a run scored, a stolen base and two RBIs against the Mets, lifting his spring average .556. At the risk of putting too much on Piscotty so early in his career, he might be the most critical hitter on this team. If he breaks out as a No. 2 hitter or better, this batting order will look a lot more dangerous.

Tommy Pham, OF: After going 0 for 6 in his previous two games, he reached base three times in four plate appearances. He had a single, two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored hitting out of the lead-off spot. He played center field and threw out a runner at home.

Jonathan Rodriguez, 1B: This loyal organization soldier spent two seasons at Springfield after spending two seasons at Palm Beach. At 26 he isn't really a prospect, but he wouldn't mind getting at least a cup of coffee in the bigs at some point as a spare bat. He was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs against the Mets, lifting his spring average to .429.

TRENDING DOWN

Jhonny Peralta, SS: It didn't take long for the Cardinals to suffer a serious injury hit. The demise of Peralta for two to three months with a torn up thumb raises defensive and offensive questions for this team. The Cardinals leaned heavily on their run prevention last season and they were counting on hitting depth -- and a MVP-caliber producer or two -- to generate runs this season. Peralta was a key figure on both those fronts.

Tyler Lyons, RP: Hitters have scuffed him up in both of his spring outings, which explains his 6.75 earned-run average. He threw just nine pitches to six hitters Monday, so he wasn't missing many bats. Lyons is no danger of losing his bullpen spot, though, since potential three-pronged value: Lefty specialist, multi-inning reliever and spot starter.

Patrick Wisdom, 3B: The good news: He got his first hit of the spring. The bad news: He is 1 for 11 in his five appearances. He has some power and a decent glove at the hot corner, but he has only hit in spurts during his minor league career. Last season's hitting makeover took . . . for a while, anyway. It will be interesting to see if he does enough to earn regular Triple-A work this season and gain some traction.

Matt Holliday, 1B/OF: He finally made his debut at first base after overcoming a stiff back, but he didn't have much to do -- taking just one throw from across the infield from Wisdom. Nor did much happen at the plate, where he went 0 for 2. So it could be a while before the Cardinals get a feel for what Matt could or couldn't do at his new position.

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