MLB Opening Day 2014 is here and the St. Louis Cardinals will officially begin their defense of the 2013 National League Pennant. They will do so with a slightly different roster.
April 08, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of an opening day logo in the on deck circle before the game between the Kansas City Royals against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Image Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
On Sunday, the team officially announced their 25-man Opening Day roster as they start their 123rd season in the National League when they take on none other than the Cincinnati Reds. For baseball purists, it’s sad that the Reds are not kicking off the MLB season with the first pitch with other teams starting a few hours before.
As expected, Pat Neshek, who had signed a minor league deal this offseason, was picked for one of the team’s bullpen spots. As far as the DL goes, the Cardinals will start out with Mark Ellis, Jaime Garcia, and Jason Motte on the 15-Day DL. By placing Mark Ellis on the DL, Pete Kozma has made the Opening Day roster.
The Cardinals 25-man Opening Day roster is as follows:
PITCHERS (12): Keith Butler-RHP, Randy Choate-LHP, Joe Kelly-RHP, Lance Lynn-RHP, Seth Maness-RHP, Carlos Martinez-RHP, Shelby Miller-RHP, Pat Neshek-RHP, Trevor Rosenthal-RHP, Kevin Siegrist-LHP, Michael Wacha-RHP, Adam Wainwright-RHP;
DISABLED LIST (3): Mark Ellis, Jaime Garcia, Jason Motte.