• Former manager Tony La Russa made a business visit to the Cardinals' facility on Thursday. La Russa, who is working in Major League Baseball's Commissioner's Office, and umpire supervisor Ed Rapuano met with the team's coaching staff to discuss rule changes for 2013. They were scheduled to have the same talk with the Marlins later in the day. St. Louis and Miami share a Spring Training complex.
• Ballpark Village, the district being developed across the street from Busch Stadium, has secured another tenant. The Cardinals, along with The Cordish Companies and the Professional Bull Riders, Inc., announced on Thursday that PBR St. Louis: A Cowboy Bar will be built at the site. It will become PBR's eighth location in the country.
Information released about the venue described its design as "cowboy cool meets urban chic," and the space will span 8,000 square feet. PBR St. Louis will house a large dance floor, a lounge area, multiple bars, a mechanical bull and private outdoor balconies. The venue will also host live country performances.
PBR St. Louis is scheduled to be finished by Opening Day 2014, along with the rest of phase one of Ballpark Village.
• The Cardinals still anticipate that right-hander Carlos Martinez and infielder Ronny Cedeno will be absent from workouts on Friday. Both continue to deal with visa issues in their home countries.