Gonzales leads first round of cuts

The Cardinals began trimming their spring training roster today, assigning 11 players to minor league camp. The cuts leave 55 players in the team’s major league spring training camp plus those who are playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Left handed pitcher Marco Gonzales and infielders Eliezer Alvarez and Edmundo Sosa were optioned to the minors, with Gonzales headed to Triple-A Memphis while Alvarez and Sosa were sent to Single-A Plam Beach. Their Major League roster now stands at 37 players and will need to be trimmed further to 25 by Opening Day.

Gonzales is still completing rehab from Tommy John last April and had not appeared in a big league spring training game and may not appear in game action until May at the earliest. Alvarez went 2-for-13 this spring while Sosa went 1-for-7 with 2 walks.

Other players assigned to minor league camp were pitchers Sandy Alcantara, Jack Flaherty, Austin Gomber, Daniel Poncedeleon, and Robby Rowland as well as catchers Andrew Knizner, Jeremy Martinez, and Dennis Ortega.

Alcantara and Gomber got the most playing time of this group so far. Alcantara made 5 appearances, pitching 8 innings with a 1.80 WHIP and allowing 4 earned runs. Gomber made 4 appearances, pitching 8.1 innings with a 1.20 WHIP and also allowed 4 earned runs.