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St. Louis second baseman Mark Ellis, who hasn’t appeared in a game since March 13 because of a sore knee, could plat Saturday.

Washington pitcher Doug Fister, who has been dealing with elbow inflammation, is scheduled to make his second spring training start Saturday against Miami.


Washington manager Matt Williams said Ryan Zimmerman took fielding practice at first base on Friday at the Nationals’ camp in Viera. Williams is hoping to give Zimmerman some work there in a spring training game as a potential backup to Adam LaRoche.

“He looks good,” Williams said. “It’s foreign for him because it’s the opposite way, but he’s getting the hang of it.”


The Cardinals have asked their pitchers to be a little more disciplined at the plate, and Matheny likes what he is seeing.

“We’re not looking for them to hit homers. We’re looking for them to put together tough at bats and fight,” he said.