(KSDK Sports) -- Today, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the club is ready for the next step. What he means is after two full weeks of drills and seeing only red jerseys at the plate or on the mound, the club is hungry to face some unfamiliar faces.
The first step before tomorrow's Grapefruit League opener is a scheduled 12:30 EST, coach-pitched intra squad game.
Matheny hopes to get the position players, some much needed game 'reps' before they take the field Saturday against the Miami Marlins.
"It's certainly one step closer to the real competition. The way these guys are wired, as athletes, it doesn't matter if we're out there doing a bunting competition, because you can see what it brings out of them. It's the will to compete," said Matheny.