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Cardinals reassign 7 players to Minors camp

March 4, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals announced their first round of spring cuts Sunday, reassigning seven players to Minor League camp.Among the players reassigned were non-roster pitchers Hector Mendoza, Daniel Poncedeleon, Jordan Schafer and Jake Woodford, catchers Jeremy Martinez and Dennis Ortega and second baseman Max Schrock.• Spring info | Tickets

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals announced their first round of spring cuts Sunday, reassigning seven players to Minor League camp.
Among the players reassigned were non-roster pitchers Hector Mendoza, Daniel Poncedeleon, Jordan Schafer and Jake Woodford, catchers Jeremy Martinez and Dennis Ortega and second baseman Max Schrock.
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Right-hander Arturo Reyes will return to Major League camp. He had been rehabbing an ankle injury on the Minor League side.
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The reassignment comes with a choice for Schafer, who's return to camp this spring served as a second chance to reinvent himself as a two-way player. The left-handed-throwing former outfielder tried to carve out a hybrid role as a reliever/outfielder/pinch-runner. But after struggling in both of his two appearances on the mound, the club will now let Schafer decide whether he wants proceed as a pitcher or a position player.
Poncedeleon's emotional return to the mound on Feb. 25 completed a nearly 10-month recovery from a fractured skull suffered when he was hit with a comebacker last May. The righty allowed five earned runs in three appearances this spring.

Schrock, one of two players acquired this winter in the deal that sent Stephen Piscotty to Oakland, was the only player reassigned who hadn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game this spring. He continues to rehab an oblique injury suffered on Feb. 19.
The club has 56 players remaining in Major League camp.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.