Cardinals make first cuts of spring

Cardinals make first cuts of spring

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals cut 10 players from Major League camp on Sunday. Among those reassigned to Minor League camp were four catchers, two pitchers, three infielders and an outfielder.

That's a slightly different breakdown from the typical first cuts of spring, which usually consist almost entirely of pitchers and catchers. The Cardinals, however, have relatively few pitchers in camp and a large number of young players vying for bench spots.

The players reassigned were pitchers Sam Freeman and Charlie Zink; catchers Charlie Cutler, Tony Cruz, Steven Hill and Robert Stock; infielders Daniel Descalso, Donovan Solano and Pete Kozma; and outfielder Tyler Henley. Manager Tony La Russa said at-bats would have been hard to find for the hitters.

"We really don't have but one split-squad game, and have no 'B' games scheduled at this point," he said. "They've had nice work. They've all worked really well and worked hard. They'll get better work there" in Minor League camp.

The Cardinals have 48 players remaining in Major League Spring Training, including pitching prospect Shelby Miller, who is considered an "early arrival" rather than a non-roster invitee. Ruben Gotay is the only non-roster position player still in camp.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.