Trevor Rosenthal (79) against the Minnesota Twins during a spring training game at Hammond Stadium.
(The Chirp) -- Okay, it's just an exhibition, but come on - how cool is it for young right hander Trevor Rosenthal (7-7, 4.11 ERA at low Class A Quad Cities in 2011), to technically be the Cards starter tonight in Springfield?
The game, part the worldwind barnstorming tour that will take some selected Cardinals from Jupiter to Springfield, back to Miami, and then eventually to Milwaukee.
On hand for Monday's game at Hammons Field in Springfield, World Series MVP David Freese, left fielder Matt Holliday, and many former Springfield standouts and most of the St. Louis Cardinals' relief corps.
However, none of St. Louis' five starting pitchers will pitch, and veterans Lance Berkman, Carlos Beltran Rafael Furcal and Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina are not making the trip.
It's not unique for some stars to miss exhibitions. But for St. Louis, it's part of a strategy to have fresh bodies, both for a demanding travel schedule this week and for 27 consecutive games against National League Central rivals after the season-opener Wednesday at the Miami Marlins.
Veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal was in the starting lineup for the Grapefruit League finale Sunday against the Washington Nationals after being kept out of prior starting lineups in recent days.
Furcal reportedly has played with less fluidity this spring. He underwent an offseason surgery after suffering a sports hernia last year and then underwent an appendectomy.
The team is flying to and from Springfield today, then busses to Miami on Wednesday and follows with a flight to Milwaukee for a weekend series.
The Miami game Wednesday was scheduled by Major League Baseball after the Cardinals announced today's game in November, as MLB directed the World Series champions to open the Marlins' new ballpark.
Rosenthal, a Lee's Summit native, is rated No. 11 among Cardinals prospects by trade publication Baseball America. Assigned to Double-A Springfield, he is the first Cardinals prospect starting pitcher to skip high Class A Palm Beach since Clayton Mortensen in 2008.
Lyons, by the way, was a ninth-round pick in 2010 out of Oklahoma State.