Spring Training Notes; 25-Man Roster

Carlos Martinez (2)

After playing their final game of the spring exhibition season on Thursday, the Cardinals have their sights set on the regular season. Spring Training consisted of 28 games; the Cardinals went 11-13-3 (the 3/29 game against the Washington Nationals was canceled in the fourth inning). The group of 61 men the Cardinals kicked off the exhibition season with has been trimmed down to the 25 players that will make up the Opening Day roster.

Those who were cut from camp will start their seasons at various levels of the minor-league system.

The 25-man roster that the Cardinals will open the season with includes twelve pitchers and thirteen position players.

Pitchers

RP Matt Bowman

RP Jonathan Broxton

SP Jaime Garcia

SP Mike Leake

RP Tyler Lyons

RP Seth Maness

SP Carlos Martinez

RP Seung Hwan Oh

RP Trevor Rosenthal

RP Kevin Siegrist

SP Michael Wacha

SP Adam Wainwright

Infielders

1B Matt Adams

3B Matt Carpenter

UTL Greg Garcia

UTL Jedd Gyorko

C Yadier Molina

C Brayan Pena

2B Kolten Wong

Outfielders

Randal Grichuk

Jeremy Hazelbaker

Matt Holliday

Brandon Moss

Tommy Pham

Stephen Piscotty

Disabled List

RHP Mitch Harris

RHP Lance Lynn

SS Jhonny Peralta

SS Ruben Tejada

RHP Jordan Walden

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To ensure stability at the shortstop position until Jhonny Peralta’s return from left thumb ligament surgery, the Cardinals signed shortstop Ruben Tejada to a one-year, major-league deal. Tejada, 26, was placed on waivers by the New York Mets, just days before clearing them and eventually signing with St. Louis. Tejada hit .261 for the Mets last season and maintained a .982 fielding percentage in 618 innings at short.

However, Tejada strained his left quad during a game on Thursday, March 31. After the game, the Cardinals announced that their newest acquisition would be starting the season on the disabled list. The Cardinals will now turn to one of their in-house options, a pair that includes Greg Garcia and Jedd Gyorko.

Catcher Yadier Molina has shown that he is capable of catching on Opening Day. Molina, 33, has been the catcher for the Cardinals every game to kick off the regular season for the past twelve years. Molina underwent two surgeries in the offseason to repair a torn left thumb ligament.

Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker played his way on to the 25-man roster this spring. The left-handed hitting 28-year-old batted .304 this spring with three homers, ten RBI, and four stolen bases.

Starter Carlos Martinez has shown that the right shoulder inflammation that prematurely ended his 2015 campaign is no longer a bother. In four starts this spring, Martinez surrendered four runs on twelve hits and three walks, striking out sixteen along the way. Martinez pitched six innings in his start on Monday, March 28, against the Mets, allowing one run and throwing 49 of his 67 pitches for strikes.

Reliever Jordan Walden — who played in a mere twelve innings last season — will be starting the season on the disabled list with right shoulder discomfort. Walden informed Cardinals’ personnel after his scoreless inning of relief in the game on March 30 that he did not feel well while pitching, and manager Mike Matheny announced that Walden would not be on the team’s roster to start the season. If one were to look solely at Walden’s statistics for this spring, he’d definitely make the Opening Day bullpen. In eight innings of work in spring training, Walden did not allow a run and struck out eight.

Taking Walden’s place on the 25-man roster is Matt Bowman, a Rule 5 Draft pick of St. Louis’s in December out of the Mets’ organization. This spring, Bowman, 24, worked eight innings and struck out eight.

Adam Wainwright will get the nod on Opening Day, and the starting rotation will continue its loop with Michael Wacha, Mike Leake, Jaime Garcia, and Carlos Martinez.

Garcia and Martinez will not travel to Pittsburgh with the rest of the team; instead, the pair will remain in Florida to stay sharp for their first starts of the regular season, which will come at the beginning of the next series. To do so, Garcia will pitch in a minor-league game on Friday, and Martinez will do the same on Saturday.

PC: USA Today Sports

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