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The curse of being an ex-Cardinal...

Continuing the bad week for former Cardinals, Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco has injured his knee while trying to chase a pop up.

Given his damaged state, Philadelphia front officers now admit Polanco probably won't be enough to fetch Albert Pujols from St. Louis in a one-for-one offer. The Phillies may now have to toss in 100-year-old lefty Jamie Moyer -- who had three surgeries over the off-season -- to get a trade completed.

Other former Cardinals to have crummy weeks include pitcher turned outfielder Rick Ankiel whohurt his ankle earlier this week with the Royals and one time St. Louis bullpenner Ron Villone was released by Washington.

Former St. Louis pitcher Sidney Ponson signed a contract this week with the independent Long Island Ducks. I'm not sure if, by his standards, that makes for a good week or a bad week...

Speaking of former Cardinals lefties... Ben Jukich, picked up from the Reds in the Rule 5 draft, doesn't seem like he has any hope to make the big club this spring.

Rookie Kyle McClellan and prospect Jaime Garcia are the front runners for the fifth spot in the rotation. And to win a spot as a lefty out of the bullpen, Jukich would have to get in line behind Trever Miller, Dennys Reyes, Rich Hill and Garcia if McClellan gets the rotation spot. That ain't gonna happen.

Look for the Cardinals to try to work out a minor trade with Cincinnati to allow the club to send Jukich to the minors. If that doesn't happen, St. Louis has to offer him back to the Reds for $25,000, and since Jukich is big and lefthanded, I would have to believe he would be worth the price.