Cardinals add Ortega to 40-man roster

Jenifer Langosch/

The Cardinals added to their 40-man roster on Monday by claiming 22-year-old outfielder Rafael Ortega off waivers. Ortega was placed on waivers by the Rangers on Dec. 30, after being designated for assignment.

The left-handed hitting outfielder played for the Rockies’ Double-A club in 2013, batting .228 with 10 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 42 games. His season was shortened by a leg injury that he suffered in June. He is a career .298 hitter over 462 Minor League games in Colorado’s system. He played primarily as a center fielder.

Ortega also made the unusual jump (albeit briefly) from Single-A to the Majors in 2012, when the Rockies called him up at the end of the season. Ortega started one game and appeared in another as a pinch-hitter.

Ortega, a Venezuelan native, has bounced around this offseason. The Rangers claimed him off waivers from the Rockies in late November before later deciding to remove Ortega from their roster. With Monday’s roster move, the Cardinals add to their Minor League outfield depth and push their 40-man roster to 39 players.

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