FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Matt Adams, who is ranked as the Cardinals' No. 8 prospect by MLB.com, had an awfully long day on Tuesday. He's not complaining.
Adams showed up at the Cardinals' facility early in the morning for treatment on his left knee, which had been bothering him in the early part of Grapefruit League play. When that went well, Adams was notified that he would be on the Cards' bus to Fort Myers for a game against the Red Sox.
Even when Adams got to JetBlue Park, though, it wasn't a lock that he would play. Adams wasn't in the starting lineup, and he still needed to come through some more workouts.
After those went well, manager Mike Matheny inserted Adams in the game as a pinch-hitter. Adams hit a towering home run to straightaway center and followed that with a bases-loaded walk in St. Louis' 15-4 thrashing of Boston.
"He's got a nice stroke working right now," Matheny said. "Don't want to leave him in too long, though."
Adams is competing for a job on the Cardinals' bench. He hit .244 with a .286 on-base percentage, a .384 slugging percentage and two home runs in a brief cameo with St. Louis as a rookie in 2012.