Cardinals announce 2013 opening day roster

Jason Motte was placed on the 15-day DL

The St. Louis Cardinals made their spring final cuts - from 31 players to their opening day 25-man roster.

Following Friday's final spring training game, the St. Louis Cardinals announced the following roster moves, reducing the active roster to the season-opening 25 players. All the moves were expected.

The team officially placed right-handed pitcher Jason Motte (strained right elbow) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, and optioned two 40-man roster players - pitcher Maikel Cleto and outfielder Adron Chambers - to the roster of Triple-A Memphis.

In addition, the final three non-roster invitees - catcher Rob Johnson, infielder Greg Garcia and outfielder Oscar Taveras - were re-assigned to minor league camp. All are expected to open the season with Memphis, as well.

St. Louis Cardinals 2013 Opening Day roster

Pitchers (12) – Mitchell Boggs, Randy Choate, Jaime Garcia, Joe Kelly, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller, Edward Mujica, Trevor Rosenthal, Marc Rzepczynski, Fernando Salas, Adam Wainwright, Jake Westbrook. (Plus 2 D.L. – Motte and Chris Carpenter)

Catchers (2) – Tony Cruz, Yadier Molina

Infielders (7) – Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig, Daniel Descalso, Ryan Jackson, Pete Kozma, Ty Wigginton. (Plus 2 D.L. – David Freese and Rafael Furcal)

Outfielders (4) – Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Shane Robinson

First-timers

Of the 25, nine will be experiencing their first opening day as members of the Cardinals. Three are MLB veterans new to the club since the start of last season and six will be enjoying their first opening day ever as a major leaguer.

New Cardinals veterans (3) – Choate, Mujica, Wigginton

First Opening Day (6) – Miller, Kelly, Rosenthal, Kozma, Adams, Jackson



To see the Cardinals entire 40-man roster and all of the minor leaguers in the system, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.



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