St. Louis Cardinals Player News: All Positions

News: Reyes, who will open the season in the bullpen, is likely to be deployed in a various relief roles to start the season, Jenifer Langosch of reports.
Impact: Langosch reports that Reyes will be available to do "just about anything" out of the Cardinals bullpen, which includes serving as an occasional closing option. Given his experience as a starter, Reyes would also fit the bill when there's a multi-inning relief assignment to be filled. Considering elbow and lat injuries have limited Reyes to four innings at the major-league level since 2016, the team will continue to take a reasonably cautious approach with his workload. However, the promising right-hander's robust arsenal of pitches and effectiveness against both sides of the plate both have manager Mike Shildt excited about Reyes' prospects, irrespective of where he slots in on the staff. "It's really special, right?" Shildt said. "You have the different speeds, but also the shape of the pitches and the action of the pitches. You're talking about a legitimate weapon who I feel like, regardless the situation, can be effective."
News: Manager Mike Shildt suggested Friday that Hicks will be the Cardinals' primary closer, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "The reality is while we don't say it's Jordan, period, Jordan is going to get a lot of those opportunities. Let's not kid ourselves here," Shildt said. "The good news is we have multiple people who can do it. We've declared a couple of guys at the end who will get the majority of it. Jordan will get a lot of it. It won't be like the phone will ring and everybody will wonder what the heck is going on."
Impact: The Cardinals remain one of several teams without a designated closer, but Shildt was nice enough to provide some clarity on St. Louis' back-end situation ahead of weekend drafts. Hicks has put himself in position to be the top option for saves with a strong spring. While Hicks has issued seven free passes in six innings, he's also fanned 11 while holding opponents to a .130 average. Lefty Andrew Miller will likely see some chances based on matchups, and Alex Reyes and Carlos Martinez (shoulder) loom as threats to his role if Hicks stumbles.
News: Edman (undisclosed) will start at second base and hit seventh Saturday in the Cardinals' Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
Impact: Edman was sidelined for a stretch of four days to an unspecified injury before returning to action Thursday and Friday, going 6-for-11 at the dish across the two games. He'll pick up a third straight start Saturday in what will likely be one of Edman's final spring tuneups before he reports to Triple-A Memphis to begin the season.
News: O'Neill has made the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder, Jenifer Langosch of reports.
Impact: The young slugger slammed a team-high five home runs in Grapefruit League play and laced eight extra-base hits over 10 at-bats overall. It will be the second regular-season major-league stint for O'Neill, who held his own as a rookie in 2018 by posting a .254/.303/.500 line with nine home runs and 23 RBI over 142 plate appearances. The 23-year-old is capable of backing up all three outfield positions, which could afford him a solid amount of playing time over the course of the season if he hangs on to a spot with the big club.
News: Pena lost the backup catcher job battle to Matt Wieters and can now either accept an assignment to Triple-A Memphis or sign with another team, Jenifer Langosch of reports.
Impact: Pena has an opt-out clause in his contract that allows him to be granted a release in order to sign with another team as Grapefruit League play concludes. Pena had a solid spring at the plate, hitting .278 with a double and three RBI over 18 at-bats. The 29-year-old backstop's agent will now survey the landscape over the coming days to see if there is interest from another big-league club in Pena.