ST. LOUIS -- The first step in the Cardinals’ roster maneuvering this offseason was made Friday when the club reinstated five players from the 60-day injured list, outrighted two to Triple-A Memphis and lost one off waivers to the Cubs.
Sánchez and right-hander Nabil Crismatt cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Memphis. Sánchez had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow two weeks ago after experiencing soreness during his time with the Cardinals in August.
Infielder Max Schrock was claimed off waivers to the Cubs. Schrock came to the Cardinals as part of the Stephen Piscotty trade with the A’s in 2017. The 26-year-old made his Major League debut this season, had 17 at-bats as a backup infielder for the Cardinals and saw his first career home run come against Cubs reliever Kyle Ryan at Wrigley Field in August.
Because Adam Wainwright, Matt Wieters, Yadier Molina, Brad Miller and Kolten Wong are all free agents, there were enough spots cleared on the 40-man to reinstate the 60-day IL players. Moving Crismatt and Sánchez off the roster, plus losing Schrock on a waiver claim, reduced the number to 37, according to a Cardinals official.
The deadline for all clubs to reinstate players from the IL is Sunday, which is officially the end of the quiet period -- the five days between when the World Series ends and when free agents are eligible to sign with new teams, trades are permitted and qualifying offers to free agents must be issued.