04/11/11 10:14 PM ET
Right-hander Snell gets release from Cards
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
Snell signed a Minor League deal with St. Louis over the winter, but did not make the club out of Spring Training. He elected to retire during the spring, but has since decided he's interested in pitching again. Rather than retaining his rights, the Cardinals have released Snell to pursue opportunities with other organizations.
"We just felt like what we had at [Triple-A] Memphis wasn't worth having him try to hang out at extended for a couple weeks to try to get going," Mozeliak said. "So [the simplest thing] was to give him his release."
Holliday doesn't expect restrictions after return
PHOENIX -- Matt Holliday came through Sunday's game in San Francisco just fine, and the Cardinals outfielder does not expect to require any preventative days off in the near future.
Sunday marked Holliday's first game back after sitting out seven games due to an emergency appendectomy. He singled and drew two walks in the win over the Giants, and on Monday said he experienced no complications as a result of playing.
Manager Tony La Russa said the club will be vigilant with Holliday but expects to be able to handle the team's cleanup hitter just as he normally would.
"We're going to check him every day before the game, during the game, after the game and when he wakes up the next day," La Russa said. "We'll see what the effect was on his conditioning and his legs and everything. But he's good to go today. We'll just keep checking him."
Holliday was more emphatic about whether he'll require any more time off.
"I really can't imagine needing anything different," he said.
Pujols pleased with segment on '60 minutes'
PHOENIX -- For many prominent public figures, it's not good news when "60 Minutes" comes to visit. But the television news magazine showed a glowing profile of Cardinals superstar Albert Pujols on Sunday night, and Pujols had no complaints about how it turned out.
"They did great work," said Pujols, who watched a recorded version of the segment on Monday. "They put a lot of work into it. And it came out very nice."
Pujols was unable to watch the program when it ran, due to the Cardinals' flight from San Francisco to Phoenix. He had an idea of what the segment was going to be about, though. Camera crews spent a great deal of time around him throughout the spring. Pujols took advantage of the opportunity afforded by "60 Minutes" to promote his Pujols Family Foundation.
"Working with them allowed different people in the country to see about our foundation and what we do," he said. "We've got people from out of state donating money to our foundation, and they were able to see what we do with that money. It's not sitting in a bank. We put that money to work, and that work is to go down to the Dominican Republic or to stay in St. Louis and do the work with the kids with Down syndrome."
The time commitment was not an issue, Pujols said, in large part because of when the filming took place.
"Why should I have any problem with that?" he asked. "I think if there's something to do, the time to do it is in Spring Training. That's why we kind of did everything in the offseason and pretty much in Spring Training. And we did it right away before we started games. It was something that we wanted to make sure didn't get in the way with my workouts."
La Russa, Gibson share admiration, drive
PHOENIX -- The 1988 World Series still is a sore subject for Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, whose heavily favored Oakland A's lost to the Dodgers that year.
When highlights of that Series come on, La Russa will turn away from the screen, unable to watch.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson knows that Series well. It was his home run off Dennis Eckersley in the bottom of the ninth of Game 1 that sent the Dodgers on the way to a five-game win.
"I remember everything about him," La Russa said. "Most people rightly, but wrongly, assume that it's more painful than it was and the reason it wasn't more painful is because of him. At least it wasn't somebody who hadn't been a player, a champion, a good competitor, walked into something, a magic moment. It really has eased the pain of that one. He's a great competitor. I always wanted to have him on a team of ours. Always."
In an interview room just down the hall from where La Russa was talking to reporters, Gibson heaped similar praise on La Russa, remembering that his 1979 Triple-A Evansville team beat a La Russa-led Iowa team for the American Association championship.
"I've gotten to know him very well over the years," Gibson said. "He's very intense, very prepared. He kind of sets the standard for what we want to accomplish [in Arizona]. I have a lot of respect for Tony. I know he's well prepared, his team is always well coached, well prepared. He manages a little differently maybe than some and we have our hands full. It's good to have Tony in the game for baseball."
One trait the two men share is a competitive fire that burns bright.
"I know one of us is not going to be very happy at 9:40 today," La Russa said. "That's the problem of knowing the other guy."
Said Gibson, "If you asked any of Tony's players they would tell you he's very intense every day. The fact that he's that way I think is good leadership for them. They know he expects them to be that way and if you're not that way you won't be on Tony's team very long, I know that for a fact."
Triple-A Memphis rolled to a 7-1 win over Oklahoma City on Sunday behind seven excellent innings from Lance Lynn. Pete Kozma was 3-for-5 and Ramon Vazquez had two RBIs.
Double-A Springfield rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to force extras, but lost to Midland, 6-5. Ryan Jackson had another strong day with two hits and two runs, while Tyler Henley had a single, a triple and two RBIs.
Joe Kelly pitched five shutout innings, allowing four hits, three walks and striking out five, but Class A Palm Beach lost to St. Lucie, 2-1.
Adam Ferrara turned in six solid innings for Class A Quad Cities in a 5-3 loss. Ferrara allowed two runs on six hits with one strikeout and one walk. The bigger news at Quad Cities, though, was an injury to Oscar Taveras. The outfielder, who had gotten off to a torrid start, suffered a strained right hamstring and is expected to be out for at least two weeks.
Lynn is the player of the day. The right-hander allowed a run on six hits, striking out three without a walk in his 2011 debut. Lynn, 23, was a supplemental first-rounder out of the University of Mississippi in 2008.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. Steve Gilbert contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.