March 19: Q of the Day
The 40-man roster is full. All talk points to Pat Neshek making the Major League team to start the season, but he is not on the 40-man roster. Any ideas as to what moves will be made to make room. Jaime Garcia to the 60-day disabled list? Pete Kozma outrighted?
— Doug R., Weymouth, Mass.
At this point, the Cardinals are hopeful that Garcia will not be lost for the first two months of the season, so there would be no reason to put him on the 60-day DL. Same deal with Jason Motte, who hopes to come back by May.
That being said, the Cardinals are going to have to make room for Neshek (and yes, I’d expect him to break camp with the big league team) somehow. It will not be by removing Kozma, who provides solid depth at shortstop should something happen that takes Jhonny Peralta off the field. There’s no reason to simply give that away. The more likely scenario would be dropping one of the two outfielders (Rafael Ortega/Joey Butler) the Cardinals claimed off waivers or a pitcher (Angel Castro, perhaps?). There’s also still the possibility the Cardinals could trade away someone before setting their Opening Day roster.
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