(KSDK) The St. Louis Cardinals announced they have released shortstop Ronny Cedeno.
The decision allows Cedeno time to catch on with another major league team before opening day.
Cedeno, who turned 30 last month, was brought in as insurance with the uncertainty of incumbent shortstop Rafael Furcal's elbow. But once it was decided Furcal would undergo surgery, the two-man competition for the job quickly became the Pete Kozma Show.
The surprise standout of the 2011 postseason has posted a .318 batting average this spring with two homers and seven RBI's in 44 atr-bats. By contrast, Cedeno batted .290 with one homer and five RBI's, but his combined average/on-base percentage waas nearly a hundred points lower.
With the glove, both players had commited two errors, with Kozma handling 56 chances to Cedeno's 48.
The versatility of Daniel Descalso, and his ability to play second and third as well as short, made him the more viable candidate to back up Kozma.