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Matheny excited to see what Aledmys Diaz offers

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Time is running out before the Cardinals and all of their full season minor league affiliates kick off the 2014 regular season.  So there's not a lot of time left for Mike Matheny and his staff to evaluate young prospects like Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz.


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The young infielder plays in his first game today in roughly 18 months.  That's because Diaz was forced to sit out a full season for lying about his age to Major League baseball.  Combine that with the fact he took a few weeks to work out for teams, eventually sign a contract and then obtain a work visa and it's been a while since he's played competitively.

"[Diaz] is in plenty good condition," Matheny said. "He hasn't had a whole lot of game experience.  I doubt he'll play the whole thing [today] but we'll use this as an opportunity to watch him do a little bit and take him out as we need to."

How long he remains in camp before heading over to the minor league side is unknown.  But there is a lot of value in getting exposed to the big league staff for just a couple days.

"He needs to get work more so than anything else and I think days here will be good," Matheny said. "It's good for him to be around most of the [Major League] guys.  For the most part we need to get him to the point of seeing him a little bit and making sure he's getting his work in."

Check back to and Baseball STL for updates on how Diaz's first Grapefruit League game went.  Also tune into News 4 at 6 o'clock tonight for reaction.


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