Wainwright and File cut

Two more roster cuts take camp count down to 37

The Cardinals trimmed the roster by two on Wednesday. Neither cut was a surprise. Right-handed starter Adam Wainwright was optioned to the minors, while righty reliever and non-roster invitee Bob File was reassigned to the minor league camp.

Wainwright's spring showing made some think that he was a serious candidate to make the team as a long reliever. However, I was of the opinion that he is far too valuable to do anything other than start, especially since his 2004 season was wrecked by injury. Starting is precisely what he will do with Memphis.

In six innings across four games this spring, Wainwright pitched well, but was hardly lights-out. He allowed four runs, three earned for a 4.50 ERA. Opposing hitters managed a .308 mark against him.

File, who had spent his entire career with the Toronto organization, always seemed to be a step behind in the competition for a right-handed reliever spot. File appeared in six games, allowing seven hits and two earned runs in 5-1/3 innings. File's ERA was 3.18, but opposing batters hit .304 against him.

This makes 22 cuts total in four installments from the initial 59 brought to camp this spring. Of the 21 non-roster invitees, only Abraham Nunez, Kevin Jarvis, Bill Pulsipher, and Anthony Reyes remain.

12 more cuts to go to get to the 25-man opening day roster, although two are no-brainers - Rick Ankiel and injured Mike Lincoln.

My other roster predictions remain valid and are documented in this story, "25 and 40-Man Gyrations". Gyrations link

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net

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