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Roster Report

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Spring training got off to a rough start when 20-game winner Adam Wainwright suffered a ligament injury to his elbow, requiring surgery before he had thrown a pitch in an exhibition game. That injury stripped the Cardinals of their major advantage over their National League Central competitors, that they had two No. 1 starters, with Chris Carpenter being the other.

ROTATION:

1. RHP Chris Carpenter

2. RHP Jake Westbrook

3. LHP Jaime Garcia

4. RHP Kyle Lohse

5. RHP Kyle McClellan

McClellan was a valuable member of the bullpen last year and the Cardinals will have to fill in for him there somehow. The key to the rotation might be Lohse, who is healthy now after battling forearm problems for the last two seasons. Garcia struggled early in spring training and the Cardinals will need him to be good as the only left-handed presence in the rotation.

BULLPEN:

RHP Ryan Franklin (closer)

RHP Mitchell Boggs

RHP Jason Motte

LHP Trever Miller

LHP Brian Tallet

RHP Bryan Augenstein

RHP Miguel Batista

The veteran Franklin doesn't throw as hard as most closers but still is efficient. For more velocity, the club can turn to Motte and Boggs in the seventh and eighth innings.

Miller, whose control was off last year, will have to bounce back, and Tallet will have to be better than the pitcher who gave up 20 homers when he was starting for Toronto last year.

LINEUP:

1. SS Ryan Theriot

2. CF Colby Rasmus

3. 1B Albert Pujols

4. LF Matt Holliday

5. RF Lance Berkman

6. 3B David Freese

7. C Yadier Molina

8. 2B Skip Schumaker

Manager Tony La Russa hadn't seen fit to hit the pitcher eighth this spring, and he said that if the offense doesn't struggle, he won't do that this year. Theriot, the new shortstop, and Schumaker both led off last year, but Schumaker was very productive this spring hitting down in the lineup. At the start of the season, switch-hitting Berkman will hit fifth behind Pujols and Holliday, but Rasmus could drop from second if Berkman falters.

RESERVES:

C Gerald Laird

INF Tyler Greene

INF Daniel Descalso

OF Jon Jay

OF/INF Allen Craig

Jon and Craig divided time in right field last year after Ryan Ludwick was traded to San Diego, and either would provide a suitable substitute if Berkman can't play every day. Non-roster 3B Matt Carpenter was the rage of camp, but he doesn't play middle infield so Descalso, was kept at the start of the season until Nick Punto returns after having had hernia surgery.

MEDICAL WATCH:

--RHP Adam Wainwright (Tommy John surgery in February 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 25. He will miss the entire 2011 season.

--INF Nick Punto (hernia surgery in February 2011) is likely to be out until at least late April.

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2015 Team Leaders
AVGJhonny Peralta , SS.364
HRJhonny Peralta , SS1
RBIMatt Carpenter , 3B7
OBPMatt Holliday , LF.459
SLGMatt Carpenter , 3B.576
RMatt Carpenter , 3B7
SBMatt Holliday , LF2
WHIPLance Lynn , SP0.91
KLance Lynn , SP13
SVTrevor Rosenthal , RP3
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