Cards reassign 15 players to Minors
Top prospects Freese, Wallace among those leaving big league camp
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals reassigned 15 players to the Minor Leagues on Sunday, including two of their top prospects.
Third basemen David Freese and Brett Wallace joined 13 pitchers and catchers who were sent out after beginning the spring in Major League camp. Minor League pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Monday, with infielders and outfielders reporting later in the week. Freese is dealing with an Achilles' tendon injury that has severely limited his availability this spring.
"In Wallace's case, it was about getting experience, getting to see what big league camp was all about," general manager John Mozeliak said. "Now we'll let him go get into a routine and get work in in Minor League camp. It's going to allow us to spend a few individual days with him to get some special work in as well after the off-day [Monday].
"In Freese's case, it's just about getting him healthy. Major League camp is not a place to be rehabbing, unless, of course, you're on the roster. This will take a little bit of stress off of him and allow him to focus on getting himself right without the pressure of thinking he's got to get back on the field."
Pitchers Hyang-nam Choi, Justin Fiske, Brad Furnish, Shaun Garceau, Trey Hearne, Tyler Herron, Katsuhiko Maekawa, Ian Ostlund and Francisco Samuel were also sent to the Minors, as were catchers Tony Cruz, Luis De La Cruz, Steven Hill and Justin Knoedler.
"All those non-roster guys can come back any one of these [Spring Training] trips that we're short," said manager Tony La Russa. "There's a good chance several of these guys will be seen again. But it just gets too crowded here for the drills. It's counterproductive."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.