Perez optioned; pitching staff set

JUPITER, Fla. — The Cardinals set their pitching
staff on Monday, optioning right-hander Chris Perez to Triple-A
Memphis. The move leaves 12 healthy pitchers in camp.

St. Louis elected to carry long reliever Brad Thompson on the Opening
Day roster, a move that was admittedly as much tactical as it was any
reflection on the overall merits of Thompson and Perez.

“I’m sure he’d rather pitch in the big leagues,” manager Tony La Russa
said, “but he knows he’s highly regarded, and he’s young.”

The Cardinals will take seven relievers north: righties Jason Motte,
Ryan Franklin, Kyle McClellan, Josh Kinney and Thompson and
left-handers Dennys Reyes and Trever Miller.

Additionally, St. Louis re-assigned catcher Matt Pagnozzi to Minor League camp. The Cardinals thus have 26 healthy players in camp, leaving them one move still to make before their full Opening Day roster is set.

6 Comments

Overall, I think this is a good move. Although I was a fan of Perez making the team, a little more time in the minor will only help.
-KB
BaseballYakker.com

glad to see thompson stay for those bad days that always happen. Any news on a closer or is still by committee?

Good move. A long man will undoubtedly be necessary at some point, especially this early.
-Kathy
http://redbirdchatter.mlblogs.com

I saw Motte in spring training on three occasions. He was impressive and at times looked unhittable. I think this is a good move and Motte deserves the shot. Hope this is a good move.

I think this is a good move. Perez is young and needs to be refined. At this point our starters need to show they can stay healthy. Otherwise we have no chance at the playoffs and if thats the case then we need to get him as many innings as possible so that he’s ready when it matters.

I’m not wild about the move. The goal should be to have the best pitchers available, and Perez is clearly better than at least one guy (Thompson) who’ll be on the major-league roster, possibly more. At the same time, TLR’s logic makes sense: the first few weeks of the season are a time when having some long relievers is handy. I’ll be more interested in when (whether) Perez comes back up than in second-guessing this move at this time, for good or ill.

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