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Cardinals reassign 7 players to Minors camp

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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.

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.

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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.

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