Cardinals open playoffs on Thursday

The St. Louis Cardinals clinched home field advantage in the National League playoffs with a 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

The Cardinals open the divisional round of the playoffs Thursday at Busch Stadium against the winner of Tuesday’s wildcard game between Pittsburg and Cincinnati.

Whether or not Butte native Rob Johnson will see time on the field in that best-of-five series remains to be scene. The Cardinals don’t have to set their 25-man playoff roster until Thursday.

If Johnson is left off the Division Series roster, it doesn’t mean he can’t play in the playoffs. If that is the case, he could still be added to the National League Championship Series roster or the World Series roster if the Cardinals make it that far.

A non-roster player can travel with the team and be in uniform in the dugout with teammates. Players can also be added to replace an injured player during the series.

Johnson hit .171 with a double, triple and two RBIs in 20 appearances after being called up from Triple A Memphis on July 9.

The 31-year-old catcher was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle Mariners in June of 2004. Johnson, a 2001 Butte Central graduate, played for the Mariners, Padres and Mets before signing with the Cardinals in November.

He started the season the Memphis Redbirds.

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