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March 8, 2006

 John Rodriguez has been diagnosed with fluid in the AC joint of his left shoulder and will be out for approximately two more days. Rodriguez underwent an MRI on Monday and received the results Tuesday.  

Rodriguez said that he first felt discomfort in his shoulder late in the 2005 regular season.

Ankiel progressing: It’s been an encouraging few days for Rick Ankiel, who is recovering from a strained left patellar tendon. Ankiel sustained the injury on Feb. 27 and will undergo another MRI exam within the next week.

Ankiel has been taking batting practice in the cages and increasing the weight work he does with his left leg. However, he’s still not permitted to run — though that may come by the end of this week.  

Nelson’s debut: The reports were that Jeff Nelson is a slow starter in Spring Training, but his first game appearance in a Cardinals uniform didn’t support that notion. In his Spring Training debut, Nelson faced three batters, inducing foul popups from all three.

Suppan improves: Jeff Suppan had nowhere to go but up, performance-wise, following his first start of the spring — when he allowed nine runs in 1 2/3 innings. He wasn’t perfect his second time out, but he was a lot closer to where he wanted to be.

Suppan was charged with three runs on five hits in three innings, striking out two and walking two. He’s still not throwing his full repertoire.

Suppan’s ERA for the spring dropped from 60.75 to 24.92. His next outing will be Sunday against the Braves in Orlando.

Missing Miles: Aaron Miles hasn’t made a game appearance since his 5-for-6 showing against the Mets on Friday night, and on Tuesday, La Russa revealed why. The infielder has been dealing with what the manager called a “jammed” left wrist, which he sustained in that game at Port St. Lucie.

First cuts: The Cardinals trimmed their Major League Spring Training contingent by nine players on Tuesday morning. Left-hander Chris Narveson, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

Eight non-roster players were re-assigned to Minor League camp: right-handers Andy Cavazos and Dennis Tankersley, lefties Randy Leek and Rich Rundles, catchers Jason Motte and Bryan Anderson, infielder Dave Berg and infielder/catcher Kit Pellow.

The cuts leave the Cardinals with 50 players in big league camp.

More medical updates: Larry Bigbie, battling some pain in his thigh, is expected to make the trip and play in Wednesday’s game against Washington. … It’s unclear when Jim Edmonds will return to game action; he is sidelined with a bruised foot. … Travis Hanson left camp on Tuesday morning due to a flu-like illness.

Bits and pieces: Anthony Reyes will start Thursday’s home game against Florida, with Sidney Ponson as the second pitcher. The last time both men pitched, Ponson started and Reyes relieved. … Minor League camp opened on Tuesday with physicals and the first workout. Minor League Spring Training games begin March 15.

Note: information from article by matthew leach at

So, thats how the spring goes. injuries are spreading like flies: first ankiel, then edmonds and now miles and bigbie. what next, someone is going to tell me that A.P. got injured in the wbc (chill out, just kidding!). oh yeah, albert went 1 for 3 in yesterday’s d.r. game against venezuela. juan E. had two hits also. so, pretty good day for the cards players on the d.r. team. the team won, 11-5, i think. ortiz had two homers and so did beltre. why am i telling you this? just thought you might be interested. i did not think i was going to be this interested in the wbc, but lets not get to carried away, its still a glorified exhibition season.

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