Originally written March 17, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The St. Louis Cardinals are asking about available shortstops and pitchers, according to Peter Gammons of MLB Network. Gammons notes that the Cards are specifically interested in Houston Astros starting pitchers Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris. Cards are asking about a SS as well as P. Interested in Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris of Astros — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) March 16, 2013 The Cardinals interest in a shortstop isn’t surprising. It was recently announced that Rafael Furcal would require season-ending Tommy John surgery. At this point, St. Louis is set to enter the season with the inexperienced Pete Kozma at its regular at the position, with uninspiring reserve options behind him, including Ronny Cedeno and Daniel Descalso. While the Cards were expected to browse the shortstop market as the regular season approached, they hadn’t been tied to starting pitching for some time. It was announced that veteran Chris Carpenter would likely miss the season due to injury earlier in the offseason, but St. Louis appeared prepared to enter the year with one of its young arms, Shelby Miller or Joe Kelly, occupying the No. 5 spot in its rotation. However, the Cardinals may want a more experienced option to pair with their projected starting four of Adam Wainwright, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn and Jake Westbrook. Harrell and Norris have both spent parts of four seasons in the majors, while they each started at least 29 games for the Astros last year. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })(); Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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