Linebrink nears return, Salas sinks further

Posted by Scott Wuerz on May 25, 2012 

The Cardinals hope that veteran reliever Scott Linebrink will be able to start pitching off a mound within the week.

And that might be a huge boost for the Birds who are grasping at straws these days when it comes to bullpen.

After another horrible performance last night, it seems Fernando Salas might best be served by a trip to Class AAA Memphis where he can try to work out the bugs under less pressure packed circumstances. He's been absolutely terrible lately, which is unfortunate because the Cardinals were counting on a guy who saved 24 games last year to be one of the pillars of the bullpen.

I'm not sure what the answer will be. But the Cardinals also must find another lefty reliever. Not only has Marc Rzepczynski not been great lately. But the Redbirds righties have been especially ineffective against lefthanded swingers. And opposing managers are unleashing them on the Birds in the late innings to great effect.

R.J Swindle is pitching in Memphis and the big club could call him to The Show. But he hasn't exactly been tearing it up in the minors. So there is no reason to believe he is going to be more successful against better competition. The Cardinals are going to either have to find a chunk of gold in a trash bin -- or else they are going to have to over-pay in a trade to get a lefty bullpenner. Neither are very likely options. But the Cards HAVE to do something.

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