A similar situation arose recently at the Brewers facility, where the Rockies fielded a team mostly void of recognizable players. Roenicke, though, seemed unfazed and addressed it diplomatically.
"It's difficult sometimes," he said. "When you have a couple of injuries and you want to give a guy a day off, it's hard to get them out there. I try to do it. I try to follow by what they tell me I'm supposed to do. But there are times when you are not able to do it."
• The Cubs' new facility in Mesa includes several nuances found at Wrigley Field, including: a replica of the clock that sits above the scoreboard; a seating berm in the outfield that slopes at the same angle as the bleachers at Wrigley; and overhangs behind the dugouts that block out the sun.
Cubs Park is also drawing well, as Wrigley tends to do during the summer months. Sunday's announced attendance: 14,770.
"I think the regular season's a little different from an adrenaline and intensity perspective, but I think in terms of atmosphere, this is as close as you can get," Ryan Braun said.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy.Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.