Cardinals announce Opening Day roster, 6 placed on DL
St. Louis Cardinals' starting pitcher Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, March 18, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
St. Louis begins their season with a familiar face on the mound, but due to numerous injuries, they will also open with six new faces on their roster.
Adam Wainwright gets his fifth Opening Day start as the St. Louis Cardinals open the 2016 on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wainwright is 5-3 with a 5.15 ERA when throwing in Pittsburgh.
Among the newcomers are infielder Jedd Gyorko, former Japanese League closer Seung Hwan Oh, and catcher Eric Fryer.
Fryer was called up from the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) to fill-in for back-up catcher Brayan Pena. Pena reportedly slipped on wet dugout steps and twisted his knee.
Joining Pena on the disabled list will be five other Cardinals, including veteran pitcher Lance Lynn, who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Lynn was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Ruben Tejada, who was signed to be the replacement for Jhonny Peralta when he tore his left thumb ligament, will also begin the year sidelined. Tejada tore his left quad during a spring training game against the New York Yankees.
Additionally, Jordan Walden was kept off the roster as a shoulder problem continues to plague to reliever. Walden said he felt discomfort in his shoulder while throwing a slider, but said the feeling was different than the injury he suffered that ended his 2015 season.
Walden's absence in St. Louis makes room for Matt Bowman, 25, who the Redbirds picked up in the Rule 5 draft.