It's a bad time to be a former St. Louis Cardinals reserve infielder.
Former Redbirds Ronny Cedeno and Ty Wigginton have both been released by their respective clubs.
The Philadelphia Phillies cut Cedeno who was batting .182 this spring. Cedeno was signed by the Cardinals in January of 2013 but never made it to the regular season. He was cut by the Redbirds March 19. After that he played for the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres and batted .242 in 89 games.
Wigginton batted .147 this spring with the Miami Marlins.
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While he outlasted Cedeno, in St. Louis, Wigginton didn't do it by much. He batted .158 in 47 games with the Redbirds in 2013 before being released. After that he couldn't catch on with another club and ended up sitting out the rest of the year.
Cedeno, who can back up at shortstop, seems to have a better chance of catching on with another club. But at least Wigginton can relax with the $2.5 million he'll be paid by the Cardinals this year as part of the two-year, $5 million pact he signed before last season.
It also hasn't been a good week for another former Cardinals infielder.
Skip Schumaker, who converted from the outfield to second base, dislocated his shoulder in a spring training game with the Cincinnati Reds.
Skippy was off to a hot start in his bid for a reserve role with the Cardinals' National League Central Division rival. He was hitting .441 with a .500 on-base percentage in 41 plate appearances. He also had a home run and seven runs batted in.
Schumaker is expected to miss at least a month because of the injury.