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They are preparing to measure the recovery of such injured players as RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="5771" ffpos="SP" ffconf="NL">Chris Carpenter</span> and OFs <span class="ffp" ffpid="7658" ffpos="LF" ffconf="NL">Chris Duncan</span> and <span class="ffp" ffpid="6320" ffpos="CF" ffconf="NL">Rick Ankiel</span> before making further moves.</div><p></p>ARRIVALS: LHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="8257" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Charlie Manning</span> (waiver claim from Nationals), LHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="5705" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Trever Miller</span> (free agent from Rays), LHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="7529" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Royce Ring</span> (free agent from Braves), SS <span class="ffp" ffpid="7233" ffpos="SS" ffconf="NL">Khalil Greene</span> (trade with Padres).<p> DEPARTURES: RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="5449" ffpos="RP" ffconf="null">Jason Isringhausen</span> (free agent, signed minor league deal with Rays), RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="5966" ffpos="SP" ffconf="NL">Braden Looper</span> (free agent, signed with Brewers), LHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="6393" ffpos="SP" ffconf="null">Mark Mulder</span> (free agent, unsigned), LHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="5346" ffpos="RP" ffconf="null">Ron Villone</span> (free agent, unsigned), LHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="6916" ffpos="RP" ffconf="null">Randy Flores</span> (non-tendered, signed minor league deal with Rockies), RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="6099" ffpos="SP" ffconf="null">Matt Clement</span> (free agent, signed with Blue Jays), LHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="7475" ffpos="RP" ffconf="null">Tyler Johnson</span> (non-tendered, signed minor league deal with Mariners), RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="8264" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Mark Worrell</span> (traded to Padres), INF <span class="ffp" ffpid="7228" ffpos="2B" ffconf="NL">Aaron Miles</span> (non-tendered, signed with Cubs), OF <span class="ffp" ffpid="5904" ffpos="RF" ffconf="null">Juan Encarnacion</span> (free agent, unsigned), SS <span class="ffp" ffpid="6638" ffpos="SS" ffconf="AL">Cesar Izturis</span> (free agent, signed with Orioles), OF <span class="ffp" ffpid="6494" ffpos="1B" ffconf="null">Josh Phelps</span> (free agent, signed minor league deal with Giants), RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="4828" ffpos="RP" ffconf="AL">Russ Springer</span> (free agent, signed with A's), RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="8015" ffpos="RP" ffconf="AL">Kelvin Jimenez</span> (claimed by Blue Jays, then claimed by White Sox), INF <span class="ffp" ffpid="6415" ffpos="2B" ffconf="NL">Felipe Lopez</span> (free agent, signed with Diamondbacks), 2B <span class="ffp" ffpid="6318" ffpos="2B" ffconf="null">Adam Kennedy</span> (released, signed minor league deal with Rays).<p> SPRING FOCUS: The focus of the Cardinals' spring is four-fold: Determine if RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="5771" ffpos="SP" ffconf="NL">Chris Carpenter</span> is healthy enough to rejoin the rotation; determine if young RHPs <span class="ffp" ffpid="8251" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Chris Perez</span> and <span class="ffp" ffpid="8369" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Jason Motte</span> can handle the back end of the bullpen; sort through a crowded outfield that already had depth and now has young CF <span class="ffp" ffpid="8190" ffpos="CF" ffconf="null">Colby Rasmus</span> making a bid for a starting job; and find a second baseman.<p> PROJECTED ROTATION:<p> 1. RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="7048" ffpos="SP" ffconf="NL">Adam Wainwright</span><p> 2. RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="6751" ffpos="SP" ffconf="NL">Kyle Lohse</span><p> 3. RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="7136" ffpos="SP" ffconf="NL">Todd Wellemeyer</span><p> 4. RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="6549" ffpos="SP" ffconf="NL">Joel Pineiro</span><p> 5. RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="5771" ffpos="SP" ffconf="NL">Chris Carpenter</span><p> Carpenter really wouldn't be a fifth starter for anybody, but he is listed there because of his elbow and shoulder issues of the past two years. If he is able to pitch, he will rejoin the rotation at the top. If he isn't, the Cardinals must decide whether or not to convert RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="8202" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Kyle McClellan</span> to a starter, go with young RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="8268" ffpos="SP" ffconf="NL">Mitchell Boggs</span> or search for a starter outside the organization.<p> PROJECTED BULLPEN:<p> RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="8251" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Chris Perez</span> (closer)<p> RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="6225" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Ryan Franklin</span><p> RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="8202" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Kyle McClellan</span><p> RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="8369" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Jason Motte</span><p> RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="7806" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Josh Kinney</span><p> LHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="5705" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Trever Miller</span><p> LHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="7529" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Royce Ring</span><p> LHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="8257" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Charlie Manning</span><p> This adds up to eight relievers, and the Cardinals won't carry that many, except for emergencies. The hard-throwing Motte might even start the season at Class AAA Memphis if Perez, impressive at times last season, can show he deserves to be the closer. Manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan would prefer a veteran bridge until Perez and Motte are ready.<p> PROJECTED LINEUP:<p> 1. CF <span class="ffp" ffpid="7567" ffpos="LF" ffconf="NL">Skip Schumaker</span>/Colby Rasmus<p> 2. LF <span class="ffp" ffpid="6320" ffpos="CF" ffconf="NL">Rick Ankiel</span>/Chris Duncan<p> 3. 1B <span class="ffp" ffpid="6619" ffpos="1B" ffconf="NL">Albert Pujols</span><p> 4. RF <span class="ffp" ffpid="6862" ffpos="RF" ffconf="NL">Ryan Ludwick</span><p> 5. C <span class="ffp" ffpid="7345" ffpos="C" ffconf="NL">Yadier Molina</span><p> 6. 3B <span class="ffp" ffpid="8402" ffpos="3B" ffconf="null">David Freese</span><p> 7. SS <span class="ffp" ffpid="7233" ffpos="SS" ffconf="NL">Khalil Greene</span><p> 8. 2B <span class="ffp" ffpid="8042" ffpos="SS" ffconf="NL">Brendan Ryan</span><p> 3B <span class="ffp" ffpid="6063" ffpos="3B" ffconf="NL">Troy Glaus</span>, who had shoulder surgery in mid-January, will be out until at least May, so Freese, who batted .306 with 26 homers and 91 RBIs in his first season in Class AAA, likely will open the season at third.<p> Rasmus, who hit only .251 in an injury-plagued season at Class AAA Memphis, nevertheless has the most overall skills among the outfielders and could push for a starting role. So, too, could Duncan, who missed much of last season with a neck ailment that required surgery.<p> PROJECTED RESERVES:<p> C <span class="ffp" ffpid="6252" ffpos="C" ffconf="NL">Jason LaRue</span><p> OF <span class="ffp" ffpid="7658" ffpos="LF" ffconf="NL">Chris Duncan</span><p> OF <span class="ffp" ffpid="7567" ffpos="LF" ffconf="NL">Skip Schumaker</span><p> OF <span class="ffp" ffpid="8261" ffpos="RF" ffconf="NL">Joe Mather</span><p> INF <span class="ffp" ffpid="6856" ffpos="LF" ffconf="null">Joe Thurston</span><p> Schumaker, of course, will be the starter in center field if he fends off <span class="ffp" ffpid="8190" ffpos="CF" ffconf="null">Colby Rasmus</span> but, if not, he might turn into a super utility player who also could play second base, where the Cardinals are weakest.<p> The gangly Mather also may get some time at second base, and especially at third with <span class="ffp" ffpid="6063" ffpos="3B" ffconf="NL">Troy Glaus</span> out for at least a month after shoulder surgery.<p> TOP ROOKIES: CF <span class="ffp" ffpid="8190" ffpos="CF" ffconf="null">Colby Rasmus</span> started slowly and then got hurt in his first year at Class AAA and finished with only 36 RBIs and a .251 average. But he is the only "five-tool" player on the club, and he has the look of a future star. RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="8369" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Jason Motte</span>, who throws nearly 100 mph, may wind up being the closer if he can master an off-speed pitch.<p> MEDICAL WATCH:<p> 3B <span class="ffp" ffpid="6063" ffpos="3B" ffconf="NL">Troy Glaus</span> (right shoulder surgery in January 2009) is expected to miss the first month of the season.<p> OF <span class="ffp" ffpid="6320" ffpos="CF" ffconf="NL">Rick Ankiel</span> (sports hernia surgery in September 2008) is expected to be ready for spring training.<p> 1B <span class="ffp" ffpid="6619" ffpos="1B" ffconf="NL">Albert Pujols</span> (nerve transposition surgery near right elbow in October 2008) is expected to be ready for spring training.<p> RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="5771" ffpos="SP" ffconf="NL">Chris Carpenter</span> (nerve transposition surgery near right elbow in November 2009) is expected to be ready for spring training. He had Tommy John elbow surgery in 2007.<p> OF <span class="ffp" ffpid="7658" ffpos="LF" ffconf="NL">Chris Duncan</span> (neck disk surgery in August 2008) was healthy at the start of spring training.<p> SS <span class="ffp" ffpid="7233" ffpos="SS" ffconf="NL">Khalil Greene</span> (broken bone in his left hand in July 2008) passed a physical when he was acquired by the Cardinals in December.<p> OF <span class="ffp" ffpid="8261" ffpos="RF" ffconf="NL">Joe Mather</span> (left wrist surgery in September 2008) should be ready for spring training.<p> LHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="8300" ffpos="RP" ffconf="NL">Jaime Garcia</span> (Tommy John elbow surgery in September 2008) likely will miss all or nearly all of the 2009 season.<p> INF <span class="ffp" ffpid="8042" ffpos="SS" ffconf="NL">Brendan Ryan</span> (right wrist tendinitis) was unable to swing a bat in the first few days of spring training.<p> 3B <span class="ffp" ffpid="8402" ffpos="3B" ffconf="null">David Freese</span> (left Achilles tendon tightness) missed the start of the exhibition season, but he was expected to be ready by Opening Day.<p></p><div class="spacer10"></div><div class="gray_dots"></div><div id="body_footer_link">Play FOX Fantasy Baseball today </div><div class="gray_dots"></div><div class="spacer10"></div>
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St. Louis Cardinals Roster Report 2009-03-01


St. Louis Cardinals Roster Report 2009-03-01
After re-signing RHP Kyle Lohse the day after the 2008 season, re-upping C Jason LaRue not long after that and trading for SS Khalil Greene, the Cardinals did little this offseason other than changing their trio of left-handed relievers. They are preparing to measure the recovery of such injured players as RHP Chris Carpenter and OFs Chris Duncan and Rick Ankiel before making further moves.

ARRIVALS: LHP Charlie Manning (waiver claim from Nationals), LHP Trever Miller (free agent from Rays), LHP Royce Ring (free agent from Braves), SS Khalil Greene (trade with Padres).

DEPARTURES: RHP Jason Isringhausen (free agent, signed minor league deal with Rays), RHP Braden Looper (free agent, signed with Brewers), LHP Mark Mulder (free agent, unsigned), LHP Ron Villone (free agent, unsigned), LHP Randy Flores (non-tendered, signed minor league deal with Rockies), RHP Matt Clement (free agent, signed with Blue Jays), LHP Tyler Johnson (non-tendered, signed minor league deal with Mariners), RHP Mark Worrell (traded to Padres), INF Aaron Miles (non-tendered, signed with Cubs), OF Juan Encarnacion (free agent, unsigned), SS Cesar Izturis (free agent, signed with Orioles), OF Josh Phelps (free agent, signed minor league deal with Giants), RHP Russ Springer (free agent, signed with A's), RHP Kelvin Jimenez (claimed by Blue Jays, then claimed by White Sox), INF Felipe Lopez (free agent, signed with Diamondbacks), 2B Adam Kennedy (released, signed minor league deal with Rays).

SPRING FOCUS: The focus of the Cardinals' spring is four-fold: Determine if RHP Chris Carpenter is healthy enough to rejoin the rotation; determine if young RHPs Chris Perez and Jason Motte can handle the back end of the bullpen; sort through a crowded outfield that already had depth and now has young CF Colby Rasmus making a bid for a starting job; and find a second baseman.

PROJECTED ROTATION:

1. RHP Adam Wainwright

2. RHP Kyle Lohse

3. RHP Todd Wellemeyer

4. RHP Joel Pineiro

5. RHP Chris Carpenter

Carpenter really wouldn't be a fifth starter for anybody, but he is listed there because of his elbow and shoulder issues of the past two years. If he is able to pitch, he will rejoin the rotation at the top. If he isn't, the Cardinals must decide whether or not to convert RHP Kyle McClellan to a starter, go with young RHP Mitchell Boggs or search for a starter outside the organization.

PROJECTED BULLPEN:

RHP Chris Perez (closer)

RHP Ryan Franklin

RHP Kyle McClellan

RHP Jason Motte

RHP Josh Kinney

LHP Trever Miller

LHP Royce Ring

LHP Charlie Manning

This adds up to eight relievers, and the Cardinals won't carry that many, except for emergencies. The hard-throwing Motte might even start the season at Class AAA Memphis if Perez, impressive at times last season, can show he deserves to be the closer. Manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan would prefer a veteran bridge until Perez and Motte are ready.

PROJECTED LINEUP:

1. CF Skip Schumaker/Colby Rasmus

2. LF Rick Ankiel/Chris Duncan

3. 1B Albert Pujols

4. RF Ryan Ludwick

5. C Yadier Molina

6. 3B David Freese

7. SS Khalil Greene

8. 2B Brendan Ryan

3B Troy Glaus, who had shoulder surgery in mid-January, will be out until at least May, so Freese, who batted .306 with 26 homers and 91 RBIs in his first season in Class AAA, likely will open the season at third.

Rasmus, who hit only .251 in an injury-plagued season at Class AAA Memphis, nevertheless has the most overall skills among the outfielders and could push for a starting role. So, too, could Duncan, who missed much of last season with a neck ailment that required surgery.

PROJECTED RESERVES:

C Jason LaRue

OF Chris Duncan

OF Skip Schumaker

OF Joe Mather

INF Joe Thurston

Schumaker, of course, will be the starter in center field if he fends off Colby Rasmus but, if not, he might turn into a super utility player who also could play second base, where the Cardinals are weakest.

The gangly Mather also may get some time at second base, and especially at third with Troy Glaus out for at least a month after shoulder surgery.

TOP ROOKIES: CF Colby Rasmus started slowly and then got hurt in his first year at Class AAA and finished with only 36 RBIs and a .251 average. But he is the only "five-tool" player on the club, and he has the look of a future star. RHP Jason Motte, who throws nearly 100 mph, may wind up being the closer if he can master an off-speed pitch.

MEDICAL WATCH:

3B Troy Glaus (right shoulder surgery in January 2009) is expected to miss the first month of the season.

OF Rick Ankiel (sports hernia surgery in September 2008) is expected to be ready for spring training.

1B Albert Pujols (nerve transposition surgery near right elbow in October 2008) is expected to be ready for spring training.

RHP Chris Carpenter (nerve transposition surgery near right elbow in November 2009) is expected to be ready for spring training. He had Tommy John elbow surgery in 2007.

OF Chris Duncan (neck disk surgery in August 2008) was healthy at the start of spring training.

SS Khalil Greene (broken bone in his left hand in July 2008) passed a physical when he was acquired by the Cardinals in December.

OF Joe Mather (left wrist surgery in September 2008) should be ready for spring training.

LHP Jaime Garcia (Tommy John elbow surgery in September 2008) likely will miss all or nearly all of the 2009 season.

INF Brendan Ryan (right wrist tendinitis) was unable to swing a bat in the first few days of spring training.

3B David Freese (left Achilles tendon tightness) missed the start of the exhibition season, but he was expected to be ready by Opening Day.


Author:Fox Sports
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Added: March 1, 2009

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