Cardinals-Twins game rained out Thursday

Cardinals fan Alice Odenwald of St. Louis shelters herself from rain with an umbrella before the Cardinals' rainout.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The exhibition game scheduled for Thursday between the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins was rained out. The game was called off before it started.

Right-hander Adam Wainwright, who had been slated to start the game, chose not to throw a simulated game after the rainout. He is scheduled to start Friday’s game in Jupiter, Fla., against the Miami Marlins.

Wainwright’s pitch limit should be right around 40.

"At this point it really doesn’t matter a whole lot," Wainwright said of the rainout. "I’ll still be able to get some good work in and be ready."

TRAINER’S ROOM

Outfielder Oscar Taveras, Baseball America’s No. 3 overall prospect, made the three-hour bus ride from Jupiter and tested his balky ankle in drills on a back field. Taveras, who has yet to play this spring, slid into bases and could see game action this weekend.

CARPENTER’S CONTRACT

Cardinals All-Star infielder Matt Carpenter is nearing agreement on a six-year contract in excess of $52 million, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Carpenter, 28, led the majors with 126 runs scored last season and led the National League with 199 hits. Without a new deal, Carpenter could be eligible for salary arbitration after the 2014 season.

The former 13th-round draft pick is making the full-time move to third base this season.