MILWAUKEE -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is enjoying all that has surrounded managing his first All-Star Game, but his main focus will be on finding ways to have the National League come out on top.
"Once that game starts is going to be all about winning," Matheny said. "We're going to make that very clear."
With some of the top players in the game on his squad, Matheny acknowledges that he will have an array of options from which to choose.
"I want to respect everyone that's involved," he said. "We'll try to have some roles listed so the guys can expect what will happen. But once we start competing, we expect those guys to play like their postseason is on the line because, for somebody in that room, it is. I know it can mean a big difference in October."
The National League roster includes three of Matheny's own players: pitchers Adam Wainwright and Pat Neshek and infielder Matt Carpenter. Fans also selected Yadier Molina to the team but the Cardinals catcher is on the disabled list after having surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament.
Matheny has been mum on how he intends to use Wainwright, who pitched seven innings Saturday in a dominating performance against the Brewers. He said he wouldn't be concerned about pitching Wainwright since Tuesday would be his normal day to throw on the side.
When asked whether his ace pitcher has been pushing him for a starting nod in the game, Matheny said, "He hasn't done that much lobbying. He's just a pro. You spend any time around him. He just goes about his business. He just loves to compete."
Matheny indicated Sunday that he has decided who the starting pitcher will be, but wouldn't reveal his decision. "I'm ready," he said.
Matheny mum on rotation following All-Star break
MILWAUKEE -- Manager Mike Matheny still has yet to provide any concrete information on what the Cardinals' pitching rotation will be following the All-Star break.
"We'll see how things go after the [All-Star] Game," Matheny said prior to the Cardinals' game against the Brewers on Sunday.
Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright is on the staff of the National League All-Star team, which is being managed by Matheny.
Although there will be little rest for Matheny and the three Cardinals on the All-Star roster, the manager said the remainder of the team will get much-needed time off.
"We've had a rough schedule lately. We're very much looking forward to watching these guys get some rest that they need and deserve," Matheny said. "I'm not out there playing. I don't need it. But these guys have been relentless in their work and how they've competed.
The break also comes at an opportune time for the team's staff as well, he said.
"For the coaching staff, it's a never-ending grind. There are times when you spend all night thinking about how you can help [players] get to be where they want to be. It wears on you."
Rich Rovito is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.