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Snell set free

Pitcher Ian Snell, who retired when the Cardinals sent him to the minor league camp during spring training, may have decided to make a comeback.

But he's going to have to do it elsewhere.

According to the Major League Baseball transactions report, the Cardinals have formerly released Snell to allow him to try to catch on with another club.

Snell, who was expected to battle Kyle McClellan for the fifth spot in the starting rotation after Adam Wainwright was lost to injury. He never really got a shot to make the big league club as a starter because McClellan seized the job so quickly. He balked at the idea of going to the minors and getting some work while he waited to see if a big league opportunity would present itself and he quit instead.

I can't say that I blame the Cardinals for not taking him back. It's better to have him quit when you don't need him than to have him quit when you do.