ST. LOUIS -- The offseason number shuffle continues for the Cardinals, with manager Mike Matheny announcing on Wednesday that he will now wear No. 26 as a gesture to honor a late friend. In taking that number, closer Trevor Rosenthal had to choose another. Rosenthal, the club confirmed, will don No. 44.
The number swapping started in November, when Matheny chose to offer his longtime number (22) to new outfielder Jason Heyward. Heyward, acquired in a four-player deal with the Braves, has worn No. 22 his entire Major League career. He selected it as a way to remember former high school teammate, Andy Wilmot, who was killed in an automobile accident shortly after graduation.