Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan has apparently smoothed things over with the Cardinals front office.
According to a report by Fox Sports, Duncan said he is willing to return to be the Redbirds pitching coach if manager Tony La Russa decides to stick with St. Louis. Over the summer he took a leave of absence from the Cardinals and some thought he was close to quitting his job of 15 years following the teams trade of his son, Chris Duncan, to the Red Sox for infielder Julio Lugo.
Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, left, meets with pitcher John Smoltz and catcher Jason LaRue on the mound during an October game. AP photo.
According to the report, Duncan said he met with the Cardinals GM John Mozeliak and Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and had a positive session.
"I think that's a big step," Duncan told Fox Sports, in reference to La Russa's possible return. "I want to wait and see what Tony does before I make a decision."
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The report quoted Mozeliak as saying the team expects manager Tony La Russa to make a decision about his return as soon as next week.