Mike Matheny announced Friday that the Cardinals have set their 25-man roster for Opening Day.
Shane Robinson, Erik Komatsu, Tony Cruz and Matt Carpenter have all been told that they’ll make the team with Eugenio Velez, Victor Marte and Bryan Anderson getting sent to AAA.
Skip Schumaker, Allen Craig and Chris Carpenter will all start the season on the disabled list.
Thus, here’s the 25-man roster the Cardinals will take to Miami:
- Adam Wainwright, Jaime Garcia, Kyle Lohse, Jake Westbrook, Lance Lynn, Jason Motte, Fernando Salas, Kyle McClellan, Scott Linebrink, Mitchell Boggs, Mark Rzepczysnki and J.C. Romero.
- Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, Rafael Furcal, David Freese, Tyler Greene, Daniel Descalso, Matt Carpenter, Shane Robinson, Erik Komatsu and Tony Cruz
The decision to go with Cruz over Anderson as the backup to Molina is not particularly surprising. Mike Matheny admitted that Cruz probably came into camp with a little bit of an edge given what he had accomplished last year at the Major League level. He showed an ability to give some really good at-bats, get crucial hits and be a solid defensive catcher. He’s also got the ability to play a few other positions such as first base and third base. Matheny said Anderson had to prove he could do what Cruz had already proven. So it seemed like the deck was stacked against Anderson from the beginning. Matheny did say that Anderson did nothing to keep him from making it. He said he’s gotten over that hump and deserves to be in the big leagues right now but the situation just isn’t right at the moment. This will be the fourth year that Anderson is going to be in AAA.
Matt Carpenter making the team is no surprise at all. He went 2-4 again Friday with his ninth double and second home run of spring, raising his average to .380 in camp. Carpenter simply drives the ball a lot more than he has in the past. His value to the Cardinals as increased significantly now that he’s able to do that. He doesn’t just spray the ball to the opposite field for singles. He is a legitimate doubles hitter who’s got the ability to drive the ball out of the park. As the primary backup to David Freese and - probably - Lance Berkman, Carpenter is going to get a lot of at-bats.