Quick Hits: Why players play through injury

If we ever needed an example of why most players play through injuries rather than risk a disabled list trip to make sure they’re at 100%, we need to look no further than Ruben Tejada.

Following the injury to Jhonny Peralta, the Cardinals signed Ruben Tejada after he was cut by the Mets. The Cardinals optioned Aledmys Diaz to the minors after signing Tejada and Tejada was widely viewed as the team’s starting shortstop. When Tejada got hurt near the end of spring training, it was a good thing for him that Jeremy Hazelbaker got the roster spot instead.

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What will Mozeliak do about pitching depth?

Coming into spring training this year there really wasn’t much of a question about the St. Louis Cardinals’ pitching staff. There were five healthy starting pitchers in Adam Wainwright, Mike Leake, Jaime Garcia, Michael Wacha, and Carlos Martinez ready to contribute. There was Tim Cooney and Marco Gonzales likely starting in Memphis waiting for an opportunity. Plus Tyler Lyons in the St. Louis bullpen who could always be stretched out if needed.

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Quick Hits: Pinch Hit Home Runs

We’ve all heard about the other night when the Cardinals launched three pinch hit home runs, courtesy of Jeremy Hazelbaker, Aledmys Diaz, and Greg Garcia. Brandon Moss added one of his own in tonight’s game to give the Cardinals four pinch hit home runs on the season. There have only been seven hit in all of baseball this year (Detroit has 2, Colorado has 1).

But here’s a couple quick stats on pinch hit home runs:

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Opening Day Minor League Rosters

The Cardinals’ full season minor league affiliates start their seasons tonight and ahead of that comes the roster announcements. Here’s the way the rosters stack up for the full season affiliates

Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

Pitchers (14): John Church, Juan Gonzalez, Jeremy Hefner, Dean Kiekhefer*, Thomas Lee, Deck McGuire, Arturo Reyes, Ryan Sherriff, Miguel Socolovich*, J.C. Sulbaran, Sam Tuivailala*, Justin Wright, Heath Wyatt

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Quick Hits: Cardinals trades with the Indians

Today the Cleveland Indians designated former Cardinals first round pick James Ramsey for assignment. Ramsey, 26, was dealt to the Indians in exchange for starting pitcher Justin Masterson back in July 2014 in a trade that caused a minor uproar. At the time, Ramsey was playing for Double-A Springfield and hitting .300/.389/.527 with 13 homers in 67 games for the Cardinals. While Masterson had a 5.51 ERA over 19 starts for the Indians.

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