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Fox Sports Midwest:
JUPITER, Fla. - Mike Matheny would gladly take the version of Pete Kozma the Cardinals saw in September and October if he's needed to play significant time this year with Rafael Furcal out.
"I think anybody would," Matheny said.
The 35-year-old Furcal has been shut down from all baseball activities due to renewed discomfort and pain stemming from a partially torn ligament in his right elbow that forced him to miss the last month of the regular season and playoffs last year.
And Kozma, just like he did when Furcal went down last fall, is expected to get the first shot at everyday playing time as his replacement.
"You have to look at probably the best baseball we played was when we had Pete," Matheny said. "I think that's very encouraging and exciting about what it could potentially look like going forward but we'll just continue to watch and see how things go."
Kozma, a former first round pick by the Cardinals in the 2007 draft, has jus...
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Last September, with shortstop Rafael Furcal out and fill-in Pete Kozma excelling beyond anyone’s expectation, the St. Louis Cardinals eked out the last wild card spot and came to within one win of the World Series.
Fast forward six months and the club is in almost the exact same situation with its middle infield. Furcal’s elbow still has him sidelined indefinitely. Kozma remains...
JUPITER, Fla. Jason Motte has so much confidence in Yadier Molina that hed throw a curveball in any count if his catcher signaled for one with him on the mound. And thats saying something for a guy who doesnt even have a curveball.
"Id say OK and flip one up there if he called it," Motte said. "And Id do it with 100 percent confidence."
Its been a constant...
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JUPITER, Fla. The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have re-assigned catchers Adam Ehrlich and Jesus Montero and infielder Starlin Rodriguez to minor league camp. All three players were non-roster invitees.
Todays roster move reduces the number of players in camp to 55, however four of those players have departed for the World Baseball...
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JUPITER, Fla. The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that Cardinals great Willie McGee is joining the team as a Special Assistant to the General Manager and will focus his attention on the minor leagues. McGee, 54, spent time in Cardinals Spring Training camp last month, serving as a Special Instructor.
"We are pleased to announce Willies...
The 2013 World Baseball Classic is in full swing, and that means you may not see all of your favorite St. Louis Cardinals' players down in Jupiter this spring training. Obviously though, Cardinal fans are some of the most dedicated fans in the world, and they will want to know what every single player is doing, not just the team.
This complete breakdown will let you...
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal was supposed to make his 2013 Spring Training debut in the field over the weekend. Now he may not be playing at all in 2013.
The veteran 35-year-old shortstop suffered a set back in the rehab of his partially torn ligament in his throwing arm and the news is obviously not good [via Fox Sports Midwest]:
"He's just not...
Jake Westbrook showed no ill effects of the bruised knee that forced him to leave his first spring start after one inning, limiting the Miami Marlins to a run and four hits over three innings of the St. Louis Cardinals' 7-2 win Wednesday.
Matt Holliday had a two-run homer, one of five long balls for the Cardinals. Top prospect Oscar Taveras put St. Louis on top in the second...
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) --Knee fine, Jake Westbrook got down to business.
And he enjoyed it.
Westbrook showed no ill effects of the bruised knee that forced him to leave his first spring start after one inning, limiting the Miami Marlins to a run and four hits over three innings of the St. Louis Cardinals' 7-2 win Wednesday.
"Getting my work in and getting the allotted innings...
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Four-time All-Star and 1985 Most Valuable Player Willie McGee to become a St. Louis Cardinals special assistant.
VIERA, Fla. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will have an epidural shot Monday to try and help relieve severe pain stemming from a ruptured disc in his back.
Matheny could eventually be forced to undergo surgery if the condition does not improve. The pain increased in recent days when the disc ruptured and one of the particles began pushing up against a nerve.
"Today is going...