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St. Louis Cardinals Notes, Quotes 2009-02-17

St. Louis Cardinals Notes, Quotes 2009-02-17
--1B Albert Pujols will not play in the World Baseball Classic due to insurance issues after October elbow surgery, even though he says he has fully recovered. Pujols played for the Dominican Republic in the 2006 tournament.

--OF Ryan Ludwick avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million deal. He had been asking for a $4.25 million salary, while the club had offered $2.8 million.

--The Cardinals, who haven't had an arbitration case since 1999, avoided one when they agreed with OF Rick Ankiel on a one-year, $2,825,000 contract. "I think there was a sense of relief on his part and on our part that we didn't need the hearing," general manager John Mozeliak said.

--RHP Chris Carpenter, who has missed most of the past two seasons, came through his first off-the-mound throwing session without incident. "I can't imagine him being much better than he is right now," pitching coach Dave Duncan said.

--Dave Duncan, who will enter this season as Tony La Russa's pitching coach for the 25th consecutive season, sees no change in the manager's demeanor. "Tony is really a high-energy guy," Duncan said. "He's not the kind of guy who's comfortable doing nothing."

--Manager Tony La Russa would like some help, probably in the pitching area. "We're not a contender yet, but we're also not a second-division club with no chance," La Russa said.

--RHP Kyle McClellan, a valuable reliever last year, stands as the No. 6 starter this spring, pending the health of RHP Chris Carpenter. McClellan is conditioning himself to be a starter this spring.

BY THE NUMBERS: 11 -- Players who made their major league debuts with the Cardinals in 2008.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I believe analysis from a computer is useful but should be secondary to what you observe. That may not be the opinion of the people in charge." -- Manager Tony La Russa, talking about his relationship with the front office.

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