Cardinals cancel exhibition against Double-A club

The St. Louis Cardinals have canceled their exhibition game

against their Double-A club in Springfield, Mo.

Although the major league roster was slated to be in

Springfield, that exhibition was technically a split squad game on

the spring training calendar. The forecast calls for rain and

temperatures in the 30s in Springfield on Tuesday.

”We are very disappointed that we have to cancel the exhibition

game, but we have a responsibility to ensure that our players have

safe playing conditions,” general manager John Mozeliak said in a

statement. ”Given the forecast, we do not feel we have any other

choice than to cancel the game.”

The Cardinals said they would play two games in Springfield in


The Cardinals also have a Grapefruit League game against Florida

in Jupiter scheduled for Tuesday. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa

said Sunday the club was already considering leaving pitcher Jaime

Garcia in Florida to make his scheduled start rather than expose

him to the elements in Springfield.

Instead of fielding a team composed mostly of minor leaguers in

Florida, the Cardinals will now have their full roster available in