Following Tuesday’s game, the St. Louis Cardinals released infielder Ronny Cedeno. The 30-year-old Venezuelan was signed on January 28 to a non-guaranteed one-year, $1.15 million contract. Cedeno played for the New York Mets last season and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners prior.
This spring, Cedeno was squeezed out by the strong play of Matt Carpenter at second base, Daniel Descalso also being available to serve as a reserve shortstop, and Pete Kozma settling in to be the replacement starter for Rafael Furcal at shortstop.
Another factor was the strong spring by first baseman Matt Adams, who seems likely to make his first opening day roster as a left-handed bat off the bench with the roster spot that was earlier earmarked for Cedeno.
Cedeno finishes his brief Cardinals stint having played in 16 spring games. The right-handed hitter had nine hits in 31 at-bats (.290), including a double and a home run. Cedeno scored eight times and drove in five. He fanned nine times, walked four and committed two errors in the field.
Non-roster invitee pitcher Tyler Lyons was reassigned to minor league camp Tuesday afternoon. The 25-year-old left-hander appeared in five spring games, pitching nine innings. Lyons allowed four earned runs for a 4.00 ERA. He fanned six and walked two, with opposing hitters batting .314 against him. Lyons is expected to compete for a rotation spot with Triple-A Memphis.
With the Cedeno move, the Cardinals now have 38 spots filled on their 40-man roster. The club also has 38 players remaining in major league camp this spring – 30 members of the 40-man roster plus eight non-roster invitees. 16 are pitchers with 22 position players. Two of the 38 remain temporarily away for the World Baseball Classic; Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico).
To see the Cardinals entire 40-man roster and the non-roster spring training invitees, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.
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