Anthony Reyes and Rico Washington are in. Kelvin Jimenez, Brendan Ryan and D’Angelo Jimenez are out.
The Cardinals made decisions on which 25 players will be on the major league roster tomorrow against Colorado. Washington will be on a big league roster for the first time as a utility infielder, while Reyes will get the last spot in the bullpen.
Reyes has made only five relief appearances in his professional career, three of them as a rookie September callup in 2005. But he offers protection as a true long reliever, something otherwise missing in the St. Louis bullpen.
Washington was a non-roster invitee, but was reassigned to the Minor Leagues on in early March. Ryan, meanwhile, had been a sure thing for the sixth infield spot before he came down with a rib cage injury that in medical terms is known as an intercostal injury.
Veteran D’Angelo Jimenez became the favorite to take Ryan’s spot on the roster until he returned. But the club was reluctant to commit to a full-year contract for Jimenez when he might only be on the roster for a few days.