Matheny announces Opening Day roster

Matheny announces Opening Day roster

Matheny announces Opening Day roster
JUPITER, Fla. -- Though the team won't officially make its final roster moves until after Sunday's Grapefruit League finale, manager Mike Matheny made his Opening Day roster official on Friday.

Matheny informed Tony Cruz that he would be the last man standing in the backup-catcher competition that began as a three-man battle. Bryan Anderson will begin the year catching at Triple-A Memphis. Reliever Victor Marte will join him there, as Marte became the final pitcher cut from camp.

In addition to optioning Anderson and Marte to the Minors at the end of the weekend, the Cardinals will reassign utility player Eugenio Velez to Minor League camp. Shane Robinson, Rule 5 Draft pick Erik Komatsu and Matt Carpenter were all given the congratulatory news that they would be on a Major League Opening Day roster for the first time in their respective careers.

The Cardinals' roster will include the traditional split of 13 position players and 12 pitchers. Allen Craig, Chris Carpenter and Skip Schumaker will all begin the year on the disabled list. Barring any other injuries, the team's Opening Day roster will include the following players:

Starting pitchers (5): Kyle Lohse, Jaime Garcia, Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Jake Westbrook

Relievers (7): Jason Motte (closer), Fernando Salas, Marc Rzepczynski, J.C. Romero, Kyle McClellan, Mitchell Boggs, Scott Linebrink

Catchers (2): Yadier Molina, Cruz

Infielders (6): Lance Berkman, Daniel Descalso, Tyler Greene, Rafael Furcal, David Freese, Matt Carpenter

Outfielders (5): Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran, Komatsu, Robinson.