Cardinals set the 2014 Opening Day roster

The St. Louis Cardinals have made clear the final moves that the team will make to craft this year’s Opening Day roster. They left Memphis last night with 26 players as they headed to Cincinnati for Monday afternoon’s game.

Keith Butler, Daniel Descalso, and Shane Robinson won their respective roster battles for the last bullpen spot, the last infield bench spot, and the last outfield bench spot.

Pete Kozma, who will travel with the team to Cincinnati while they continue to check on Mark Ellis‘ knee, will turn around and catch up with Memphis if Ellis doesn’t require a trip to the disabled list.

The starting rotation will be Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, and Shelby Miller.

The bullpen will have Trevor Rosenthal as the closer with Carlos Martinez acting as the primary setup guy. Beyond them we will have right handers Seth Maness, Pat Neshek, and Butler, as well as left handers Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist.

Yadier Molina and Tony Cruz will head north with the club as the two catchers on the roster. Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, Jhonny Peralta, and Matt Carpenter are the starting infielders with Descalso and Ellis or Kozma on the bench. Matt Holliday, Peter Bourjos, and Allen Craig are the starting outfielders with Jon Jay and Robinson in reserve.

The team will open up the season on Monday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds. It will be Adam Wainwright matching up against Johnny Cueto with first pitch scheduled for 4:10 pm Eastern time.

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