Before going into his first start in more than 530 days, Cardinals righty Adam Wainwright said he "visualized every pitch" and "walked through" several times in his mind the game he wanted to pitch.

He wrote a script for his pitches. He just didn't follow it.

"I visualized every pitch before I got out there today," Wainwright said outside the Cardinals' clubhouse at Hammond Stadium. "I kind of had a plan for how I wanted to go about things. I really executed pretty well for the first time out there. To be honest with you I've never taken that kind of stuff out to a mound during spring training before. It's usually during the season that I bring stuff like that. I was happy with the way it was coming out."

Wainwright threw 30 pitches across two scoreless, hitless innings, striking out two and walking one.

Wainwright said he couldn't help but recognize the importance of the day. Yes, some teammates like Lance Berkman and Skip Schumaker came on the trip -- as either they requested (Berkman) or manager Mike Matheny requested (Schumaker). Yes, he did grin when he heard the PA announcer call out his name as the starting pitcher.