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Glaus has a setback while his replacements struggle

The Cardinals are rolling, despite the fact that they are getting very little production from third base during Grapefruit League games.

Joe Mather, after getting off to a good start, has gone completely cold at the plate. That allowed David Freese, who lost the inside track for the job when he reported to camp with a bum leg, to get back into the competition. But Freese is once again missing out on a golden opportunity by struggling at the dish.

So the world that Troy Glaus has had a setback with his rehab from shoulder surgery was especially bad news.

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Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus has been ordered to

Stop baseball activities because of a setback with his shoulder

Glaus got off to a terrible start last season. But he is still a feared power hitter who gives opposing pitchers a little something to think about when Albert Pujols comes to the plate with men on the bases. The Cardinals have several guys who can catch the ball well enough at the hot corner. But it looks like they have none who can provide the pop the Birds need from the fifth spot in the order.

Unfortunately, when the team has a centerfielder playing second base because it refuses to part with the cash to find an experienced player for the job, it seems like finding a temporary fill in at third is completely out of the question.

So, all we can do is hope that Glaus isn't set back too far and that the Cardinals are still in contention when he gets into the games.