ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Mitch Harris was among a group of three Cardinals outrighted off the 40-man roster Thursday.
It’s the beginning of the franchise’s roster trimming process, and will likely be followed by similar moves as the team looks to clear roster space ahead of the free agency period.
In addition to outside acquisitions, the Cardinals must also make room for players returning from the 60-day disabled list and any prospects they want to protect from the Rule 5 Draft in December.
Harris, whose journey from Navy lieutenant to a major league mound in 2015 captivated fans, missed all of 2016 with an arm injury. During the summer, he underwent elbow surgery.
Catchers Alberto Rosario and Mike Ohlman were also outrighted Thursday. Rosario spent the entire second half on the MLB roster as a backup catcher, making eight starts in Yadier Molina’s stead. He went 7-for-38 at the plate in limited action.
Ohlman split his 2016 between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .287 with seven homers in 78 games.