Neshek moved to the Padres on a waiver deal in spring 2011 and worked in Triple-A that year before becoming a free agent. He returned to Triple-A after not making the Orioles in 2012 before being sold to Oakland that August. After pitching for the A's in the 2012 post-season, Neshek returned to the club for 2013 on a one-year deal worth $1 million. He was designated for assignment in late August and became a free agent following the World Series.
With 2012 closer Jason Motte currently working his way back from his own Tommy John surgery, the Cardinals could have a relief spot available to open the season. Neshek may be in a position to pitch his way onto the team with a good spring.
Neshek becomes the 19th non-roster invitee in Cardinals camp, joining the 39 players currently on the 40-man roster. Pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter, Florida on Wednesday, February 12.
Tip: Check out the Roster Matrix, where the entire Cardinals system is displayed by level and position on one page and all player transactions are noted year ‘round.
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