January 22, 2009

Cards infield suddenly thin after Glaus surgery

Troy Glaus surprised the Cardinal community Thursday when he had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder.

Reportedly, the decision was sort of a recent development after some other remedies to a sore shoulder (carryover from the 2008 season) failed to give Glaus relief.

According to numerous major media reports, Glaus travelled to California for a surgery on his right shoulder.

Cardinals' GM John Mozeliak was as surprised as everyone, stating the recovery time could be anywhere from six to twelve weeks. It's possible Glaus will miss from two to four weeks of the beginning of the 2009 season.

Potential replacements are Allen Craig, David Freese, and Brett Wallace.

The Cardinals still have infielder Brendan Ryan, but since losing Cesar Izturis, Felipe Lopez, and utility infielder Aaron Miles, the infield suddenly seems to be stretched thin. With Kennedy a likely candidate for second base and Khalil Greene now set to handle shortstop, the Cards now need the best possible utility infielder they can suit up, and, now need to shore up at third base, even if only temporarily.

You have wonder if the Cards shouldn't have made a better effort to keep Aaron Miles in St. Louis.

Your thoughts on Glaus, the new competition for third base, and/or the thinning of the infield.
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