September 27, 2008

Young relievers poised for big futures | News

Young relievers poised for big futures News: "The young relievers in the Cardinals' bullpen might get a chance to leave a final impression or two as St. Louis finishes the 2008 season. But no matter what happens this weekend or what has happened earlier this season, youngsters like Chris Perez, Jason Motte and Kyle McClellan, the Cardinals' 2008 Rookie of the Year, won't be able to rest on their laurels.

Manager Tony La Russa likes the potential of the young bullpen arms, but emphasizes that guys like Perez, Motte and McClellan will have to respond in a big way next spring and build on what they did in '08."

... It may been a rough season, but there were several Cardinals' "hatchlings" that were forced to fly out of the nest early. Now they're got a good start on major league life.