• Seth Maness, the Cardinals' Minor League pitcher of the year last season, will start for the Cardinals in Thursday's "B" game against the Marlins on Thursday. That game is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CT, and will be played on one of the practice fields on the St. Louis side of the Roger Dean Stadium complex.
• Craig and Rafael Furcal were the only two position players not to make the trip to Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. Neither has made an appearance on defense yet, though Craig (right shoulder soreness) appears to be close to being cleared.
As for Furcal, though he told reporters on Tuesday that he may be ready to play the field as early as this weekend, the Cardinals are making no such guarantees.
"I'm glad that's the way he's thinking," Matheny said. "It really depends, for me, more on what the medical side is saying."
• In writing out a lineup that featured many regulars on Wednesday, Matheny slotted Jon Jay into the leadoff spot and Carlos Beltran behind him in the No. 2 hole. Could that be evidence of the way Matheny is leaning in terms of lineup construction for the regular season? Well, he hasn't committed just yet.
"The lineup is going to be bouncing around quite a bit this year, too, as we've been talking about giving guys days off," Matheny said. "We're going to have different characters that pop into the equation."
• The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that Fox Sports Midwest is scheduled to televise 150 regular-season games in 2013. That number could increase by two if the team's Aug. 11 and Sept. 22 contests are not picked up by national networks. The other 10 games have already been selected to be shown on either ESPN or FOX.