Cardinals Spring Training: Joe Kelly named fifth starter; Aledmys Diaz among those reassigned to the minors

The Cardinals named Joe Kelly the No. 5 starter and reduced the number of big-league campers once again.

Per KMOX Sports Director Tom Ackerman's tweets, Manager Mike Matheny has named Joe Kelly to the starting rotation over Carlos Martinez, who will start the season as a reliever.

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Sunday morning, the St. Louis Cardinals announced another round of spring-training camp reassignments:

Sunday afternoon, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch tweeted that the Cardinals announced the following moves:
  • Angel Castro was outrighted to make room on the 40-man roster for righthanded reliever Pat Neshek. Neshek has won a spot in the opening-day St. Louis bullpen. Fourstick profiled Castro here.
  • Infielders Greg Garcia was optioned to Triple-A. As part of the Other 15 series, Fourstick also profiled Garcia.
  • Non-roster invitee Luis Mateo, an infielder, was reassigned to Memphis.
The latest winnowing of MLB camp leaves our 2014 spring training roster matrix all the slimmer with more cuts to come this week. Barring injury, only two spots on the St. Louis 25-man roster are legitimately in question as the final week of springtime exhibition games are played:

1)  Bench. The competition to be the 25th man has been clarified. With Langosch writing that Pete Kozma is unlikely to make the 25-man roster on opening day, it appears that Shane Robinson has the inside track for the last bench spot, which would make him the fifth outfielder in St. Louis. Randal Grichuk, with his 36.6% springtime K rate, is a dark horse of some breed, but the strikeouts indicate that he likely needs some more development time down on the farm.

2)  Bullpen. Who will be the early-season placeholder for Jason Motte's relief corps spot? The competition has apparently come down to three righthanded contestants: Jorge Rondon, Keith Butler, and Scott McGregor. Of the three, only McGregor is not currently on the St. Louis 40-man roster, which is chock full right now. It seems unlikely the Cards will drop another player from the 40-man in order to get McGregor a handful of MLB appearances, so Rondon and Butler appear the most likely players to become the Cardinals' Opening Day Hipster.

2014 Cardinals Spring Training Roster Matrix

(MLB Camp - 3/23)

IF

OF (& NRI C)

SP

RP

C - Y. Molina

$14.2MM

LF - M. Holliday

$17MM

LHP - J. Garcia

$7.875MM - DL

RHP - J. Motte

$7.5MM - DL

1B - M. Adams

$500K

CF - P. Bourjos

$1.2MM**

RHP - A. Wainwright

$19.5MM

LHP - R. Choate

$3.0MM

2B - K. Wong

$500K

RF - A. Craig

$2.75MM

RHP - L. Lynn

$513K

RHP - T. Rosenthal

$500K

3B - M. Carpenter

$504K

OF - J. Jay

$3.25MM

RHP - M. Wacha

$500K

LHP - K. Siegrist

$500K

SS - J. Peralta

$13.25MM

OF - S. Robinson

$500K

RHP - S. Miller

$500K

RHP - S. Maness

$500K

C - T. Cruz

$500K

OF - R. Grichuk

MiLB - 40-man

RHP - J. Kelly

$500K

RHP - C. Martinez

$500K

IF - M. Ellis

$5.25MM

OF - S. Piscotty

MiLB - NRI

RHP - S. McGregor

MiLB - NRI

RHP - P. Neshek

$ ???

IF - D. Descalso

$1.29MM

C - E. Easley

MiLB - NRI

LHP - T. Lyons

MiLB - 40-man

RHP - K. Butler

MiLB - 40-man

IF - P. Kozma

$500K

OF - R. Ortega

MiLB - 40-man

LHP - T. Cooney

MiLB - NRI

RHP - J. Rondon

MiLB - 40-man

IF - S. Moore

MiLB - NRI

OF - M. O’Neill

MiLB - 40-man

RHP - K. Heyer

MiLB - NRI

RHP - J. Almarante

MiLB - NRI

1B - X. Scruggs

MiLB - NRI

OF - O. Taveras

$500K - 40-man

RHP - B. Whiting

MiLB - NRI

RHP - E. Fornataro

MiLB (40-man)

C- A. Perez

MiLB - 40-man

OF - J. Butler

MiLB - 40-man

LHP - M. Gonzales

MiLB - NRI

LHP - S. Freeman

MiLB (40-man)

SS - A. Diaz

MiLB - 40-man

OF - J. Ramsey

MiLB - NRI

RHP S. Gaviglio

MiLB - NRI

LHP - L. Stoppelman

MiLB

IF - G. Garcia

MiLB - 40-man

C - T. Tartamella

MiLB - NRI

RHP Z. Petrick

MiLB - NRI

RHP - A. Castro

MiLB

IF - L. Mateo

MiLB - NRI

C - C. Rasmus

MiLB - NRI



3B - P. Wisdom

MiLB - NRI

C - C. Kelly

MiLB - NRI




C. - C. Stanley

MiLB - NRI




Note: This post has been updated to reflect the roster moves the Cardinals made Sunday afternoon.
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