Cardinals minor league roster housekeeping

Where 15 minor leaguers went that are not among the 100 active rostered players to open the season across the St. Louis Cardinals system.

On Monday, when The Cardinal Nation was first to share the 2014 opening rosters for the St. Louis Cardinals' full-season clubs in Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach and Peoria, many questions were answered. The initial assignments for 100 players, specifically, were disclosed.

Left unanswered, however, was the status of another 15 players that finished last season on one of those four clubs, but were not among the active 100. This article will provide some clarity on their situations.

Extended spring training (six)

In past years, the Cardinals may have released full-year players who did not make the opening 25 of any of these four clubs. This spring, the organization is following a different approach. Six experienced players remain behind in Florida to participate in the Cardinals extended spring training camp.

Listed by their season-ending 2013 rosters, they are:

Memphis: Infielder Vance Albitz, outfielder Chris Swauger
Springfield: Outfielder Adam Melker
Palm Beach: Catcher Juan Castillo
Peoria: Infielder Bruce Caldwell, pitcher Steve Sabatino

One might expect these players to be among the first injury reserves to be considered when these clubs need help during the season.

On club DLs (five)

Five players have officially opened the season on full-season team disabled lists. They are:

Memphis: none
Springfield: Catcher Jonathan Keener
Palm Beach: Catcher Adam Ehrlich, pitcher Tyrell Jenkins, infielder Danny Stienstra
Peoria: Catcher Gerwuins Velazco

Also injured (three)

Not currently listed on any particular club's disabled list, these three 2013 players are rehabbing at the Cardinals' facility in Jupiter, Fla. Implied is their returns may be out further than those DLed players listed on 2014 team rosters immediately above - as if on a 60-day DL, perhaps.

Memphis: Pitcher John Gast
Springfield: none
Palm Beach: Pitchers Tyler Melling, Jordan Swagerty
Peoria: none

Corrigan's perfecto was on 8/29/12
Retired (one)

Palm Beach pitcher Chris Corrigan did not report to camp this spring. As a result, the 26-year-old has been placed on the voluntary retired list.

Corrigan had been in the Cardinals organization since his name was called out in the 30th round in the 2009 draft. The former Ole Miss hurler's claim to fame was throwing the first perfect game in Palm Beach Cardinals history in August 2012. Corrigan had a brief trial with Springfield that season and opened 2013 on the Double-A disabled list before being returned to the Florida State League.

Back with Palm Beach last April, Corrigan was struck in the head with a thrown baseball and experienced swelling. After recovering from what was considered a life-threatening situation, he appeared briefly in rehab games in July and August to apparently conclude his Cardinals career.

Corrigan finishes with a five-season career mark of 13-14 with a 3.99 ERA. The Texan struck out 203 and walked 109 in 261 1/3 innings.

For more information

The team rosters here at The Cardinal Nation are as up-to-date as any source currently on the internet. To access them, click on the words "MILB ROSTERS" on the red bar to the right of The Cardinal Nation site logo. For now, these six EST players will be kept on their prior rosters with the designation "EST" instead of a uniform number.

To see the Cardinals' entire system by level and position on one page, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog. It will be updated later in the week, probably on Friday.

Look for the full extended spring training roster at the end of this week. Before then, Cardinals international director Moises Rodriguez will take subscribers through the Dominican Summer League players coming to EST this spring.

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