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St. Louis' Michael Wacha in bullpen, Mark Ellis not activated

St. Louis' Michael Wacha in bullpen, Mark Ellis not activated
Cardinals left-hander Michael Wacha pitching last week against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

Former Dodger Mark Ellis was left off the St. Louis Cardinals' postseason roster while right-hander Michael Wacha, who beat the Dodgers twice in last fall's National League Championship Series, will pitch out of the bullpen, Manager Mike Matheny said.

Ellis batted a career-low .180 for the Cardinals in 73 games this season. In his place the Cardinals have activated Pete Kozma, who spent most of the season in the minor leagues.

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Wacha, who shut the Dodgers out for 13-2/3 innings in two victories last fall, will start the postseason as a reliever after missing significant time this season with a shoulder injury. He finished the year 5-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 107 innings but has made just four starts since June 17. The Cardinals will go with a rotation of Adam Wainwright (20-9, 2.38), Lance Lynn (15-10. 2.74), ex-Angel John Lackey (3-3. 4.30) and Shelby Miller (10-9, 3.74).

Also left off the roster was veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, leaving Tony Cruz (.200 in 135 at-bats) with the job of backing up Yadier Molina.

Cardinals roster:

Pitchers (12): Randy Choate-LHP, Sam Freeman-LHP, Marco Gonzales-LHP, John Lackey-RHP, Lance Lynn-RHP, Seth Maness-RHP, Carlos Martinez-RHP, Shelby Miller-RHP, Pat Neshek-RHP, Trevor Rosenthal-RHP, Michael Wacha-RHP, Adam Wainwright-RHP;

Catchers (2): Tony Cruz, Yadier Molina;

Infielders (6): Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, Jhonny Peralta, Kolten Wong;

Outfielders (5): Peter Bourjos, Randal Grichuk, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Oscar Taveras

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