"He's still going to take a little bit of time to get back here and [we're] just always concerned about that kind of travel and how much we've got to give him on the back side," manager Mike Matheny said. "But yeah, [we're] happy to have him back."
In contrast, right-hander Corey Baker will advance out of pool play with the Israeli team, which has won its first two games. Baker threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings in a victory over Chinese Taipei.
The rest of the Cardinals' World Baseball Classic participants will see their teams begin play on Thursday. That includes Carlos Martinez (Dominican Republic), Alberto Rosario (Dominican Republic), Rowan Wick (Canada) and Trey Nielsen (Italy). Martinez is slated to start for the Dominican team in its opening game against Canada.
From the booth
The Cardinals announced that every one of their regular-season games will be televised and broadcast on the team's radio network this season. FOX Sports Midwest is scheduled to carry 147 games and will stream each one live on the FOX Sports Go app and at FOXSportsGo.com. All other games will be televised nationally.
The television broadcast teams remain unchanged, as Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky, Ricky Horton, Tim McCarver and Jim Edmonds will spend time behind the microphone. Former pitchers Brad Thompson and Rick Ankiel will serve as studio analysts on the team's pre- and post-game shows.
In its seventh consecutive season as the team's flagship station, KMOX (1120 AM) will air every regular-season game. Mike Shannon will serve as the analyst for all home games. John Rooney returns as the team's play-by-play voice on the radio. He'll be joined in the booth by Horton when the team is on the road.
Mike Kirby, an Emmy award-wining television graphics producer, died outside the Cardinals' Spring Training complex on Tuesday. Kirby was scheduled to be a part of the FOX Sports Midwest production team for the Cardinals-Marlins telecast that afternoon.
Kirby, who was based in Florida, was a part of the original FOX NFL crew and worked behind the scenes to produce coverage of Olympic Games, World Series and Super Bowls.
FOX Sports Midwest released the following statement: "FOX Sports extends our deepest condolences to the family of Mike Kirby on their sudden loss."
Odds and ends
• Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog showed up at Cardinals camp on Tuesday. Herzog has been on the mend since having pacemaker surgery in January.
• The Cardinals sent Hall of Famer Bob Gibson to home plate to present the lineup card prior to Wednesday's game. He was greeted there by Nationals manager Dusty Baker. Gibson and Baker faced each other 25 times from 1972-75. Baker hit .208 and struck out six times against the former Cardinals pitcher.