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  1. Pujols has an elbow ligament that could go ‘sproing’ at any time and will need surgery at some point. That is why TLR would not want him to play 3B.

    Comment by Jim — July 17, 2009 @ 9:03 am

  2. Could you please add the link to that StL post dispatch article? I couldn’t find it on their website.

    Comment by aj — July 17, 2009 @ 9:35 am

  3. Exactly.
    I think if Pujols was able to play 3rd without a risk and the Cards could bring in any old schmuck to play 1st, they’d’ve done it by now.

    Comment by Joe R — July 17, 2009 @ 9:40 am

  4. huh, I thought he had that surgery last offseason, but apparently that was nerve surgery on the same elbow.

    Comment by Whateverfor — July 17, 2009 @ 10:04 am

  5. Um why don’t they just trade Troy Glaus for another 3B. Maybe to a team who is out of it? They should really call up and offer Glaus straight up for Scott Rol…

    Oh.. never mind. Been there done that.

    Comment by metty5 — July 17, 2009 @ 10:11 am

  6. What about trying to shift Glaus to the keystone to upgrade the lineup? Skip hasn’t exactly been fantastic defensively, so I imagine little would be lost from that end. To keep skip in the lineup (if that’s what they choose to do), they could perhaps try him at 3b while letting him take occasional games at 2b. He could also split time with Ankiel/Duncan neither of whom have been anything to write home about this season. Ankiel at least plays solid defense, but Schumaker plays a decent corner as well.

    I expect there’s a reason this idea wasn’t suggested that I’m overlooking.

    Comment by The A Team — July 17, 2009 @ 10:19 am

  7. Another idea. The next article is about Julio Lugo and how the Sox would be willing to deal him and eat most of his contract for a fringe prospect. Would he not be of some service to the Cardinals? And wouldn’t Glaus be more useful to the Sox as a 1b, allowing them to move Youk across the diamond to 3rd?

    Comment by The A Team — July 17, 2009 @ 10:26 am

  8. Because the entire article was about how Glaus can’t throw a baseball across the diamond right now, therefore he can’t play 3rd.

    Comment by Davidceisen — July 17, 2009 @ 10:31 am

  9. Trade Glaus to the Royals for Michael Montgomery. Dayton Moore will do it.

    Comment by Davidceisen — July 17, 2009 @ 10:33 am

  10. Obviously I don’t know how Glaus’s arm feels, but ostensibly he could play through some level of pain. As someone with an oft injured arm, I can testify that the difference between the throw from 3rd and from 2nd is substantial in terms of wear and tear.

    Comment by The A Team — July 17, 2009 @ 10:44 am

  11. Do the Cardinals have enough to make a run at Brandon Wood? The Angels seem intent on letting him waste away. The asking price may be low.

    Comment by Bmore — July 17, 2009 @ 10:46 am

  12. this is exactly why they moved pujols to 1B to begin with.

    Comment by Tom B — July 17, 2009 @ 10:52 am

  13. Not sure what the Cards could find to do with Lugo, but I bet the Sox would have some interest in Glaus if he can play 1B, although a 1st baseman who everyone knows won’t make any throws can be a liability.

    Comment by Judy — July 17, 2009 @ 11:33 am

  14. Yeah, I thought Pujols has had problems throwing since 2003 (which may be why he was used at second in an emergency situation last year instead of third) and a move across the diamond or to the OF could be detrimental to his health.

    Comment by JI — July 17, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

  15. Or they can put him in Left Field with a nagging arm injury that could potential ruin his career for intimidation.

    Buzz Bissinger may write another book in praise of it.

    Comment by Joe R — July 17, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

  16. Wouldn’t Pujols’ arm fall of if he played third?

    Comment by Nick — July 17, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

  17. If Albert really approached TLR about moving to third the reason why TLR said no was because it wasn’t in Albert’s best interest. Albert would do anything to help the team win, but moving him to third would risk him doing further damage to his already damaged elbow. I would be 100% against him moving to third. Especially for a guy who has missed all year with shoulder issues and only has one or two hits since starting his rehab assignment in high A ball.

    The A Team- Skip hasn’t “exactly been fantastic” playing 2nd, so why would we move him to third, a more challenging position?

    Comment by Ryan — July 17, 2009 @ 8:17 pm

  18. Bmore- I’m not exactly sure about the Brandon Wood situation and what the Angels are doing with him, but I have read they would not involve him in any possible deal for Roy Halladay so I assume they aren’t planning to let him waste away.

    Comment by Ryan — July 17, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

  19. Troy Glaus Had Great Numbers While He (Glaus) Was With The Anaheim Angels
    .330 Batting Average 30 Home Runs 117 RBI As a Angel

    Comment by Jonathan — July 17, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

  20. Troy Glaus Isn’t What You Call a Slugger

    Comment by Jonathan — July 17, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

  21. What an another Troy Glaus Rap Video Come on He Should Know Not To Imitate
    That Lisa Simpson Rap Video Because If Glaus Does It So Will Lisa Lisa Has Been Talking Some Crap About How Troy Glaus Is a Loser and Not Coordinated That’s True That Doesn’t Mean You Have The Right To Insult Glaus Like That What Is Wrong With You Lisa So Stop Calling Glaus a Retarded Player and Retard That Just Isn’t Right To Me

    Comment by Jonathan — July 17, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

  22. elaborate.

    Comment by TheBirds — July 18, 2009 @ 1:12 am

  23. Why not play Glaus at second?

    Comment by dan — July 18, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

  24. Man, these AxCx song titles just keep getting longer and more obtuse.

    Comment by TomG — July 18, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

  25. hahahahahahaha

    Comment by Oscar — July 18, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

  26. I wouldn’t move Albert. Not a chance. If it were David Wright or ARam, sure I’d consider it, but not for Glaus. No way.

    Comment by SleepNowInTheFire — July 18, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

  27. He had an ulnar nerve transposition something or other…basically a Ortho went in and moved some stuff around. His problem is bigger than that because his UCL has significant tearing and fraying and needs TJ surgery. The other thing was a “help the symptoms” cure, but didn’t change the root problem.

    Comment by Pete — July 19, 2009 @ 6:12 pm

  28. nice!

    Comment by Cards Fan in Chitown — July 20, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

  29. Glaus may play in the outfield?

    Comment by Cards Fan in Chitown — July 20, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

  30. Pujols’ arm was so messed up in 2003, that when he was playing the outfield, he’d have to toss the ball underhanded to another outfielder to get it back in. If “Three Nights in August” is to be believed, TLR was reallly stressing over the risks he was taking with Albert’s health that season.

    Glaus hit well in 2008, but jumping through hoops to upgrade from one of Schumaker (with DeRosa playing 2b) or DeRosa to Glaus just doesn’t make sense to me. The gain would be marginal, at best. IMO, he’s a PH/backup 1b at this point.

    Comment by BobbyMac — July 21, 2009 @ 11:42 am

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