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On the St. Louis Cardinals injury front, general manager John Mozeliak feels both pitcher Jaime Garcia and shortstop Rafael Furcal have “positive outcomes” in their respective rehabs, as relayed by the Post-Dispatch.
However, the reports leave this reader with several questions.
Garcia was out from June 6 through August 18, then was returned to the disabled list early in the post-season. A tear in his rotator cuff and shoulder inflammation were mentioned as the culprits.
The left-hander traveled to multiple specialists this fall, with at least one recommendation for surgery offered. Ultimately, Garcia opted to follow a treatment program rather than go under the knife.
Yet, the Post article noted the following.
“Mozeliak said during his conversations with trainers Tuesday ‘the word surgery never came up’ for either Furcal or Garcia.”
The potential good news is that Garcia threw 25 pitches from the Busch Stadium mound on Monday and will move toward a normal off-season schedule.
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ST. LOUIS The St. Louis Cardinals announced today the they have signed veteran catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league contract with the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) and extended him a non-roster invite to the teams 2013 Spring Training camp. The Cardinals also announced that pitcher Kyle McClellan was given his unconditional release.
Johnson, 30, split time...
The St. Louis Cardinals have released veteran reliever Kyle McClellan, a St. Louis County native who spent five seasons with the team.
McClellan appeared in just 16 games in 2012 because of elbow and shoulder problems. He was 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA.
The Cardinals also announced Tuesday the signing of catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league contract. Johnson is a career .201 hitter....
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Brian Fuentes has announced his retirement. The 37-year old relief pitcher was placed on the restricted list last August by the St. Louis Cardinals for personal reasons, and he has now decided to call it quits.
According to Sean Lynch of the Merced Sun-Star, Fuentes found himself less and less concerned with baseball and knew it was time to call it a career. Fuentes'...
The St. Louis Cardinals released pitcher Kyle McClellan and signed catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league deal that includes a major league spring training invitation.
Left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes, a 12-year veteran who led the American League with 48 saves in 2009, announced his retirement. Fuentes, 37, told his hometown newspaper, the Merced Sun-Star, that the decision came down to spending more time with his family. "I think at one point I went like two months without seeing them," he said, according to the Sun-Star. "...
With it being the time of year to be thankful for things, St. Louis Cardinals fans should be thankful for their current ownership group. When you have an owner and President down in Miami, who just spit in the fans faces a couple of nights ago by trading pretty much all of their top players and their best beer vendor, Cardinals fans should simply rejoice at how lucky they truly...
According to a report, pitcher Brandon Dickson will be removed from the St. Louis Cardinals 40-man roster and will sign to play in Japan.
The St. Louis Cardinals cut ties with oft-injured
right-hander Kyle McClellan yesterday, ending the 28-year-old’s 10-year run
with the club, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"When you look at the situation from my standpoint you
see that they have a lot of young, exciting arms coming up and they're excited
about that and have every reason...
Left hander Brian Fuentes has decided to hang up the spikes for good and retire, Sean Lynch of the Merced Sun-Star reports. Fuentes cites family reasons as the main reason for retiring.
“Ultimately, I was just having trouble with the time away from my family,” Fuentes said. “I've been playing baseball for all of their lives, but I'd never been so far away as when...
I think I've been able to distill the real disappointment of 2012.
As we've moved on from the NLCS debacle and accepted the ultimate fate of the Cardinals, the reason that we've been unable to let this fully go is boring, but true.
We don't have anything to look forward to until April.
See, I told you it was stupid simple...
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Fans worrying that maybe the St. Louis Cardinals and general manager John Mozeliak may once again look at Brian Fuentes as a left-handed option out of the bullpen should be relieved. Fuentes does not want to play baseball anymore.
Fuentes, once a closer for the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, has decided to retire.
"Ultimately, I was just having trouble...