Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

After Playing Musical Chairs, Jocketty Focuses on Fine-Tuning

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

After Playing Musical Chairs, Jocketty Focuses on Fine-Tuning

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And on the seventh day, he rested.

Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty, who had brought in eight players and dismissed seven (Bernard Gilkey counts for both sides) in the previous six days, made no personnel moves Sunday.

"I think we're done for a while," Jocketty said. "But I'd still like to fine-tune a little. I'd like to get another lefthanded reliever."

Rich Rodriguez is the only lefthanded reliever of any stature in the Cardinals' camp. Tom Urbani has pitched in relief for parts of the last two seasons, but, almost without fail, he has pitched badly in relief.

Agent Jim Bronner said he hoped the Cardinals would show interest in former Boston and Milwaukee southpaw Tony Fossas. But Jocketty said Sunday, "I've never been a big Tony Fossas fan."

Trade Postscript: Lefthander Donovan Osborne thinks it is best that Rheal Cormier went from the Cardinals to the Boston Red Sox. "It's better for him to be out of here and not have that junk hanging over his head about missing all those games he missed last year," Osborne said.

"If he puts his mind to it and decides to pitch, he'll have a great year."

Cormier, notably because of injuries, pitched just seven games last season with the Cardinals.

Reliever Cory Bailey, also acquired from Boston on Saturday, said he, like Scott Cooper, had been a lifelong Cardinals fan growing up in Marion, Ill. Bailey has relatives in Fairview Heights, New Baden and Trenton.

"`It's everybody's dream to play for the Cardinals," he said. "This is pretty nice."

Manager Joe Torre enjoyed a semi-sadistic laugh as he had his pitchers throw batting practice on the third full day of camp.

"This is the day the hitters really hate," Torre said. "The pitchers are going to throw batting practice and the first one is Ken Hill. Welcome to the camp."

But veteran shortstop Ozzie Smith said he would rather hit against veterans, no matter how hard they throw, rather than some ambitious rookie. …

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