PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Cardinals made their first cuts of players on the 40-man roster on Monday, optioning six players to Triple-A Memphis.
The club optioned outfielders Daryl Jones and Shane Robinson, first baseman Mark Hamilton, catcher Bryan Anderson and pitchers Tyler Norrick and Francisco Samuel following Monday's loss to the Mets. It's the second round of cuts for the Redbirds this spring, but the previous moves had only involved players who were in camp on non-roster invitations.
Although Jones is one of the organization's best-regarded prospects and Robinson briefly appeared in the Major Leagues last year, there simply wasn't much playing time for any of the six who were sent down. Robinson received 11 at-bats in big league camp, Hamilton eight, Jones five and Anderson one. Anderson actually only appeared in one Grapefruit League game before he was sent down.
Samuel appeared in two games, pitching 1 2/3 innings, while Norrick pitched two innings in one game.
The moves leave the Cardinals with 42 players remaining in Major League camp.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.