Cardinals re-assign players to Minor League camp


The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning that several players, including 2012 draft pick Michael Wacha, have been re-assigned to the minor league camp.
Feb 19, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals player Michael Wacha (74) poses for a picture during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Right-handed pitchers Victor Marte and Eduardo Sanchez have been optioned to the Memphis (AAA) roster. Wacha, the standout star at Texas A&M, was re-assigned to the minor league camp and the Memphis Redbirds roster. This spring, Wacha has been impressive: 1-0, 0.00 ERA in five games pitched, striking out 15 with just one walk in 11.2 innings pitched.

As a result, the major league camp has now been cut to 45 players.

On finding out that he was being moved to the minor league camp, Wacha had some comments.

"“I’m just going to go down there and keep on pitching the way I have, and hopefully I’m not down there for too long,” Wacha said. “I have to go down there and establish myself and show that I can turn over innings and turn over lineups. Hopefully I can do that quickly.”"

Hall of Fame reliever Bruce Sutter has arrived at the Cardinals complex in Jupiter this week. Unlike some of the other Hall of Fame members like Ozzie Smith, Lou Brock, Whitey Herzog, and Bob Gibson, this is Sutter’s first appearance at the Cardinals complex since 1989.

Herzog, inducted as a manager into the Hall of Fame in 2010, is expected to arrive next week.

Jennifer Langosch reports that “Marc Rzepczynski received clearance from the eye doctor today to return to pitching in games” and is expected to play tomorrow.

Yesterday, the Cardinals minor league camp had their first games during the spring. The performance of the day belongs to David Medina. Playing for the Springfield Cardinals, he went 3-for-5 at the plate with 2 home runs and 5 RBI.

While Peoria lost, Charlie Tilson had a great day at the plate, hitting 3-for-4 with a run and RBI.