Former Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus' shoulder has looked good early in spring training.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Dave O'Brien tweeted that Glaus has been "effortlessly hitting bombs" in batting practice. Of course, the true test will come when Glaus discovers if the shoulder allows him to get around on major leaguers' fastballs.
if Glaus pans out, he could be a major steal for the Braves who were able to sign him for next to nothing (relatively speaking) after his 2009 with St. Louis was basically a complete washout following off-season shoulder surgery.
The Cardinals never had any thoughts of signing Glaus to an extension even though they have an unproven rookie at third base, a depleted bench and the fact that Glaus could have been had for a couple million bucks. Word is that the front office doesn't think he will even be the same at the plate because of his shoulder woes. Glaus has also a history of back troubles which contribute to his unavailability at times.
The Braves have been looking for another source of power ever since Andrew Jones went bust. Glaus was a good short term find that could allow Atlanta to make one more run during the Chipper Jones era.