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St. Louis Cardinals cut Ronny Cedeno loose

Not sure if it's how well Pete Kosma has played this spring or how unimpressive Ronny Cedeno was.

But the former Chicago Cubs and New York Mets infielder also is a former St. Louis Cardinals infielder, it was announced Tuesday.

Cedeno, brought in to be an insurance policy for starting shortstop Rafael Furcal, was cut the week after Furcal had season-ending surgery on his throwing elbow. The Redbirds, instead, will go with Kozma as their starting shortstop and Daniel Descalso as his primary back-up.

The move was likely spurred by strong play of Matt Carpenter at second base. Carpenter, who learned to play second over the winter after being exclusively a corner infielder earlier in his professional career. If he wouldn't have come so far so fast, the Cardinals would have had to use Descalso as the starting second sacker and Carpenter would have been a banch bat.

Now Cedeno will be replaced on the St. Louis roster most likely by slugging first baseman Matt Adams.

Adams doesn't offer any defensive flexibility. But if he plays first base Allen Craig can play in an outfield corner to give Carlos Beltran or Matt Holliday a day off.

In another development Tuesday, the Cardinals flip-flopped Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly with Miller starting the game against Miami and Kelly coming in to relieve.

Miller pitched great with one hit allowed in four innings of work. He struck out three and walked one while allowing no runs. Kelly, who had the better stats up to the start of Thursday's game, got knocked around with four earned runs allowed on eight hits over three innings.