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Cardinals release veteran infielder Cedeno

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JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Ronny Cedeno #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on from the dugout against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on February 28, 2013 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) By Chris Trotman JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Ronny Cedeno #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on from the dugout against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on February 28, 2013 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) By Chris Trotman
Ronny Cedeno at Cardinals spring training - February 2013 By Bryce Moore Ronny Cedeno at Cardinals spring training - February 2013 By Bryce Moore
Ronny Cedeno at Cardinals spring training - February 2013 By Bryce Moore Ronny Cedeno at Cardinals spring training - February 2013 By Bryce Moore

JUPITER, Fla. - The Cardinals released veteran infielder Ronny Cedeno Tuesday, a move that signals Pete Kozma will be the starting shortstop to open the season.

Cedeno was signed to a one-year, $1.15 million contract in late January but struggled both in the field and at the plate this spring.

“As we were trying to put it all together, it just wasn’t fair to drag him on,” said manager Mike Matheny. “We wanted to give him an opportunity to catch on with somebody else when it became apparent which direction we were going to do. We just tried to do one, what’s best for our club and two, what’s best for our guys.”

Cedeno was seen hugging teammates in the clubhouse after the game.

“It’s part of baseball,” Cedeno said. “It surprised me a little bit, but it’s part of baseball. I have no control of that.”

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