Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cards' Glaus Questionable for Opening Day

Troy Glaus is out of action for three months. Good thing it's the offseason!

Glaus underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder this week; he'll be cleared to begin physical therapy next week. In 2008, Glaus batted .270 with 27 home runs and 99 RBI.

With a speedy recovery Glaus may be able to make the Opening Day start. But he is considered questionable and the Cardinals are looking at two farmhands to fill in during what may be Glaus' absence.

The candidates are 25-year-old David Freese and 22-year-old Brett Wallace. Freese, a native of St. Louis, batted .306 with 26 home runs and 91 RBI at Triple-A Memphis last season. Wallace, the Cards' No. 1 draft pick in 2008, batted .337 with eight homers and 36 RBI between Class A and Double-A in 2008.

While Wallace is the Cards' third baseman of the future and has the greater upside, Freese is almost certain to be the choice to fill in for Glaus - assuming Glaus needs filling in for, and assuming the Cards don't go the "proven veteran" route.