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• Mozeliak avoided adding to the speculation of how Descalso and Kozma will be affected by the Cardinals' signing of Ellis when asked about the topic on Tuesday. Though Mozeliak said he could envision "a scenario where both make the club," it would seem likelier that one is left off. Putting Descalso and Kozma on the 25-man roster would mean that three of the five bench spots would be filled by infielders.

"I'm always reluctant to look at what the roster might look like at the end of March when we're sitting here in December because so many things can happen -- whether it's injures or trades," Mozeliak said. "From my standpoint, both guys still look like they have a chance to be on this team, and we'll see how things work out."

• Mozeliak avoided adding to the speculation of how Descalso and Kozma will be affected by the Cardinals' signing of Ellis when asked about the topic on Tuesday. Though Mozeliak said he could envision "a scenario where both make the club," it would seem likelier that one is left off. Putting Descalso and Kozma on the 25-man roster would mean that three of the five bench spots would be filled by infielders.

"I'm always reluctant to look at what the roster might look like at the end of March when we're sitting here in December because so many things can happen -- whether it's injures or trades," Mozeliak said. "From my standpoint, both guys still look like they have a chance to be on this team, and we'll see how things work out."

• The Cardinals still expect that outfielder Oscar Taveras (right ankle surgery) will be cleared to resume running in early January and will report to Spring Training without limitation. Asked if Taveras could crack the Major League roster out of camp, Mozeliak said: "How he ends up contributing, I think, will really depend on how he plays in spring."

• Pitcher Trevor Rosenthal, Mozeliak and broadcasters Dan McLaughlin, Rick Horton, and John Rooney all took an hour-long shift on Tuesday ringing bells and collecting money for the Salvation Army outside a St. Louis-area grocery store.

• Mozeliak reiterated that he plans to sit down with retired right-hander Chris Carpenter after the holidays to discuss a non-playing role for Carpenter within the organization.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB.

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