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Rumor Mill: Are Cardinals interested in Marlon Byrd

Rumors have linked the Cardinals to former Red Sox centerfielder Marlon Byrd who was cut loose by Boston yesterday.

The Birds have been without a regular centerfielder since Jon Jay had to return to the disabled list last month with a flare up of the shoulder he separated in a crash into the outfield wall at Busch Stadium. Unfortunately, the latest reports indicate that Jay won't be ready to return to action any time soon.

Byrd got off to a terrible start to the season with the Cubs, batting .070 in 13 games before basically being given away to the Red Sox. In Boston he played better, batting .270. But he still had trouble producing with a .286 on base percentage and a .320 slugging percentage.

The question is could the Cardinals do better by taking on the formerly productive Byrd to replace Shane Robinson and/or Adron Chambers in center?

The other possible solution to the Cardinals' lack of centerfield depth is the fact that Skip Schumaker is expected to return from the disabled list by this weekend. But Schumaker went on the shelf with a bad hamstring, so it's questionable whether he'll be able to stand up to the wear and tear of playing the position that requires the most running on an everyday basis.