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St. Louis Cardinals Notes, Quotes 2009-03-29

St. Louis Cardinals Notes, Quotes 2009-03-29
--RHP Adam Wainwright, though he walked four in 5 1/3 innings his next-to-last spring start, said he felt "pretty ready to rock," relative to his starting the season opener on April 6. Wainwright was happy he had regained control of his slider.

--LHP Dennys Reyes, signed a couple of weeks into camp, finally reported after his Mexican team had been eliminated in the World Baseball Classic and after he had dealt with a couple of personal issue. Reyes worked a scoreless inning in his Grapefruit League debut, and pitching coach Dave Duncan said he was impressed with Reyes' location, considering his lack of work. "Me, too," Reyes said.

--Manager Tony La Russa indicated that he might be batting the pitcher in the customary ninth spot more often than not after hitting him eighth all last season in National League games. La Russa said the makeup of his lineup, especially when 3B Troy Glaus returns from injury, didn't really include a position-player candidate to hit ninth unless left-handed-hitting 2B Skip Schumaker were in the lineup against a left-handed pitcher or rookie OF Colby Rasmus were playing.

--LHP Royce Ring, who had a rough spring, cleared waivers and accepted an assignment with Class AAA Memphis. "I wouldn't say (Ring's performance was a) disappointment," general manager John Mozeliak said. "I would say we had some higher expectations."

--RHP Chris Perez, after missing two weeks with a shoulder issue, returned on March 25 and gave up one run in one inning. "The results weren't good, but I felt good," said Perez, who fanned two of three hitters he faced in his next outing against the Red Sox.

BY THE NUMBERS: 0 -- Games won by RHP Chris Carpenter since 2006.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "To be average would be great." -- New 2B Skip Schumaker, on his defense at his new position.

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Added: March 29, 2009

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