Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Sign Hulett, Former Bird (Oriole) of a Different Feather

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Sign Hulett, Former Bird (Oriole) of a Different Feather

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The Cardinals upgraded their infield - at Louisville - when they signed Tim Hulett of Springfield, Ill., to a minor-league contract Wednesday.

Hulett, 35, hit .228 with two homers and 15 runs batted in for Baltimore last season. In 11 big-league seasons, Hulett has a career batting mark of .248 with 48 homers.

"He'll play second, third and short," general manager Walt Jocketty said, "and he's probably a guy who could catch if he had to."

Jocketty said Hulett could well be with the Cardinals when the strike ends and if the rosters are expanded, as expected.

Jocketty said the consensus among general managers is that rosters will be increased from 25 to 28 players when the labor stoppage ends.

The Reds replacement roster was diminished by one when they sent out pitcher Chris Reed, who was arrested Tuesday night. Reed, involved in an automobile accident, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and with DUI. He remained in Hillsborough County Jail under $3,500 bond.

Howard Prager and Skeets Thomas both homered but the Cardinals had only four other hits as they lost to the Reds 3-2 Wednesday. Thomas' homer was his second in four days. Cardinals lefthander Tony Long pitched five strong innings, giving up one run.

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With the labor situation still unsettled, the Cardinals have adjusted their departure from St. Petersburg to St. Louis from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning.

"We've pushed everything back as far as we can," Jocketty said.

As it stands, the Cardinals' chartered jet would leave St. Petersburg at 9 a.m., arriving in time for a scheduled workout at Busch Stadium.

But it's possible the jet would be held till later in the day and the Cardinals replacement team, if no settlement is reached, might open up Monday without having worked out at the stadium.

The Philadelphia Phillies, the scheduled opponents in Monday's opener, also have moved back their departure from Florida. …

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