Even though there was playing time opportunity at the middle infield, Jackson was not a serious contender. The 24-year-old returns for a second season at Triple-A after collecting just three hits in 22 at-bats (.136) this spring. He struck out six times, grounded into three double plays and drew one walk. Jackson is the only one of the three to have MLB experience after being called up late last season, when he played sparingly.
After the moves, the Cardinals now have 40 players assigned to major league camp – 31 members of the 40-man roster and nine non-roster invitees. 17 are pitchers with 23 position players. Two of the 40 remain temporarily away for the World Baseball Classic; Carlos Beltran (Puerto Rico) and Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico).
Butler, Jackson and Gast will join over 160 peers currently participating in minor league camp. (link to roster details for subscribers)
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