At long last, Cardinals will enjoy day off

At long last, Cardinals will enjoy day off

JUPITER, Fla. -- Manager Mike Matheny has voiced his displeasure several times this spring about having to wait until March 27 to give his team its only scheduled off-day of the spring. It comes 39 days after pitchers and catchers held their first Spring Training workout and as many as two weeks after other clubs enjoyed their off-day.

As a result, Matheny has sharply limited the amount of activity that will take place on Tuesday's off-day. He has told players and most of his coaching staff not to show up until Wednesday. Jaime Garcia is the exception.

In order to stay on his normal throwing schedule, Garcia will report to the team's complex on Tuesday and start a Triple-A game in the morning. That will take the place of Garcia making a Grapefruit League start this week.

Garcia would remain lined up to make his final start of the spring next Sunday, before taking the mound in the Cardinals' second game of the regular season.

Matheny will be among the rest of the players and staff spending Tuesday somewhere other than the team's Jupiter complex. Matheny will travel up the eastern coast of Florida to Vero Beach, where his sons are participating in a high school baseball showcase.