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.