Greenwood, Tuivailala among 6 pitchers sent down

Greenwood, Tuivailala among 6 pitchers sent down

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals made six roster moves involving pitchers after Saturday's 1-0 Grapefruit League win over the Braves at Roger Dean Stadium.

Nick Greenwood and Sam Tuivailala were optioned to Triple-A Memphis while non-roster invitees Tim Cooney, Dean Kiekhefer, Zach Petrick and Miguel Socolovich were reassigned to the Redbirds.

Greenwood and Tuivailala both pitched in the big leagues for the Cardinals last season, and Mike Matheny said he wouldn't be surprised if any or all of them make contributions in 2015.

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"Those aren't fun conversations," the Cardinals' manager said. "It's hard when they're sitting in here and you're telling them they're going back. But they also are smart and see the writing on the wall. A couple of them haven't thrown in four days, and that's not good for them.

"As I go down that list, I look at something that every one of those guys could bring to us. But there's also some work that needs to be done by just about every one of those guys. We sent them down the hall with a couple of things that each of them can improve on."

Greenwood went 2-1 in with a 4.75 ERA in 19 appearances for the Cardinals last year. "He did a terrific job. Very versatile. He was a big help to us," Matheny said.

Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.