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DeRosa still out

Former Cardinals utilityman Mark DeRosa still isn't ready for game action following off-season wrist surgery, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Many St. Louis fans expected DeRosa to be back in red this year and were disappointed when the Birds didn't make much of an effort to bring him back. But the team may have been scared off by the seriousness of a ruptured tendon that made the normally productive DeRosa an offensive liability. Either that or his outrageous demands for a three-year contract for about $8 million...

In the long run, the Cardinals are much better off with Felipe Lopez in the DeRosa role. Lopez is younger, healthier and waaaaaaaaaaay cheaper than his counterpart with the Giants.

DeRosa told the Chronicle that he plans to start taking batting practice next week although a timetable for game action wasn't set. He did say that if the season started tomorrow that he was well enough to play. But if he hit like he did last August and September, would he be GOOD enough to play?