Tyler Greene's bid to make the opening day roster has come to an end as the versatile infielder -- once thought to be the heir apparent to David Eckstein at shortstop, has been optioned to the minors.
After serving in a valuable reserve role in 2009, it seemed like Greene had a good shot to make the team as a bench player in 2010. But he never hit during the spring, putting together a .194 average. He also made three errors in the field.
Greene's departure seems to indicate that the Cardinals are inclined to keep infielder Julio Lugo, picked up last season after being let go by the Red Sox, as infield insurance. In his time with the Redbirds, Lugo has had a productive bat and has been solid -- if not spectacular -- at second base and shortstop.
Free agent Felipe Lopez will also see a lot of playing time off the bench at third, second the outfield corners and possibly shortstop.
Also sent out to the minors was outfielder Jon Jay who hit .279 for the spring. But, as a speedy leadoff sort, he didn't impress with his ability to get on base. Jay struck out eight times and had no walks. He stole one base during Grapefruit League play.