The St. Louis Cardinals have placed relief pitcher Brian Fuentes on the restricted list after the left-hander told the team he needed time off due to personal reasons. They're on the verge of getting left-handed starter Jaime Garcia back.
General manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday that the team did not expect Fuentes back this season, adding ''I didn't close the door on anything but I don't anticipate it.'' He added he could tell ''that something was bothering him.''
Fuentes will not count against the 40-man roster while on the restricted list and won't be paid.
"He called me yesterday and said he was dealing with some personal issues, and at time he said he just could no longer play for us,'' Mozeliak said. ''I did not dig in on it. Clearly, he was not looking to share exactly what was going on with me.''
Mozeliak said Fuentes' decision had nothing to do with his role on the team, adding that Fuentes said the GM a complimentary note.
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