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St. Louis Cardinals reshape roster in wake of Wainwright injury and aborted Cooney start

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced another wave of roster moves in the wake of Tim Cooney's short and bad start Thursday afternoon.

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced this week that ace Adam Wainwright would miss the next 10 or 12 months due to an Achilles tendon injury that necessitated corrective surgery. Wainwright underwent surgery on Thursday; that same day the Cardinals promoted lefty Tim Cooney to St. Louis to take Wainwright's turn in the rotation. In order to make room for Cooney on the Cards' 40-man roster, St. Louis placed Wainwright on the 60-day disabled list, which removes him from the 40-man.

On Friday after (about 30 minutes after the original version of this post ran), but Cardinals made another series of roster moves to bolster the pitching staff. The Cardinals demoted Cooney to Triple-A, opened a spot on the 40-man roster by placing injured outfielder Tommy Pham on the 60-day DL, and purchasing the contract of righthanded reliever Miguel Socolovich from Memphis. So the Cardinals now have four starters, nine relievers, and 11 position players on the active 25-man roster. This also seems to indicate that the club is ending the Cooney experiment after its awful start (which consisted of a single start).

As a result, the Cardinals once again have 40 players on their 40-man roster, including Jaime Garcia, Randal Grichuk, Tommy Pham, and Marco Gonzales—all of whom are either on the MLB 15-day DL or the minor-league DL. The Cot's Cardinals page is amazing right now. The Cardinals' five current rotation members—Lance Lynn ($7 million), Carlos Martinez ($522,000), Michael Wacha ($520,000), John Lackey ($507,500), and Cooney ($507,500)—cost a collective $9.075 million. Garcia and Wainwright constitute $28.875 million worth of starting pitching on the DL.

Editor's Note: The original version of this post had a graphic reflecting the Cardinals's 40-man roster as of Friday morning. However, I removed it due to the moves announced Friday afternoon. I'll update the graphic and post it tomorrow morning.

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