Monday, February 04, 2008

Cards not pursuing any pitchers now...

Ken Rosenthal reports:
The Cardinals, buoyed by the progress of left-hander Mark Mulder in his recovery from rotator-cuff surgery, have backed off their pursuit of another starting pitcher.

"The reports are very encouraging," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said.

Mulder, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on Sept. 24, could return by early May. The Cardinals will need their fifth starter only twice in April.

The team's Opening Day rotation is expected to include Adam Wainwright, Joel Pineiro, Braden Looper and Matt Clement, with Anthony Reyes, Todd Wellemeyer and Brad Thompson contending for the fifth spot.

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