Paul DeJong and Harrison Bader (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

As the St. Louis Cardinals left Florida for Memphis, they cut their spring roster to 30 players.

As the St. Louis Cardinals left Florida for Memphis on Wednesday, they cut their spring roster to 30 players.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced the following roster moves following their Grapefruit League finale this (Wednesday) afternoon:

Placed left-handed pitcher Zach Duke (left elbow) on the 60-day disabled list;

Purchased the contract of catcher Eric Fryer from Memphis (AAA);

Re-assigned infielder Paul DeJong, right-handed pitcher Arturo Reyes, left handed pitcher Ryan Sherriff, and outfielders Harrison Bader and Chad Huffman to Memphis.

Today’s transactions reduced the number of players on the team’s Major League spring roster to 30, including two non-roster invitees.


Brian Walton’s take

The Duke-Fryer moves were needed to make the latter eligible for the season-opening 25-man roster. With a full 40-man roster, getting Duke off was needed to get Fryer on.

At this point, the only thing that would alter the Opening Day roster is an injury to one of the top 25.

Many of these moves were seemingly made to put the projected Memphis starting lineup in place before the Triple-A team takes on St. Louis at AutoZone Park on Thursday evening. Huffman, DeJong and Bader could all start for the Redbirds. Reyes and Sherriff pitched Wednesday so are likely unavailable, anyway.

Perhaps most interesting is the final five – those who are not expected to make the team, but are still on St. Louis' spring roster – at least for another game or two. They include the two NRIs: infielder Wilfredo Tovar and catcher Alberto Rosario, both of whom should be reassigned to Memphis by Friday night. The three 40-man roster players are pitchers Alex Reyes, John Gant and Tyler Lyons, all of whom are expected to open the season on the 10-day disabled list.

(Also, for bookkeeping purposes, though injured non-roster pitcher/outfielder Jordan Schafer was never officially announced as having been reassigned to Memphis, this has to be assumed to get to the 30-player total the team quotes in its release.)

For more

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