Batista earns his spot

According to B.J. rains of Fox Sports Midwest, the Cardinals have notified Miguel Batista that he will be placed on the 25 man roster prior to opening day.

For Batista, 40, it means that he will remain a Cardinal. He had a clause in his contract with the Cardinals that would have allowed him to be released next week in the event that he didn’t make the roster.

I expected Batista to be named to the team because of his strong spring, in which he’s allowed just two runs over his 9+ innings, and because of his versatility to spot start and be a long reliever. The Cardinals’ 40 man roster is currently full, but a spot is expected to be created by adding Adam Wainwright to the 60 day disabled list to free up a spot.

That leaves Fernando Salas and Bryan Augenstein to battle over the final spot in the bullpen. Both have pitched well, but I would figure that Salas is the leader in the contest because of his experience with the team. However, depending on the situation with Brian Tallet and whether he needs to go onto the disabled list could put both of them on the roster. However, Tallet said that he expects to be ready to go by the middle of next week. It will definitely be a situation to watch.