Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards and Ex-Cards Go on Display Today in Shea

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards and Ex-Cards Go on Display Today in Shea

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The Cardinals open their regular season today here with some familiar people in some unfamiliar places.

Longtime Cardinal Bernard Gilkey will be decked out in the uniform of the New York Mets, who acquired him from the Cardinals last January. So will former Cardinals righthander Mark Clark, who was obtained by the Mets from Cleveland on Sunday for outfielder Ryan Thompson and pitcher Reid Cornelius.

Ozzie Smith, who has started 14 consecutive opening days at shortstop for the Cardinals, may be on the bench because of a hamstring strain. "If Ozzie isn't 100 percent, then I don't want him out there," said manager Tony La Russa. Right fielder Brian Jordan definitely won't play. Jordan, who suffered a jammed thumb on Saturday, returned to St. Louis to have Dr. Stan London look at it. Jordan likely will be replaced by Willie McGee. McGee, like second baseman Luis Alicea, returns to a Cardinals starting lineup. McGee last played for the Cardinals in 1990. Alicea was gone only a year to Boston. Catcher Tom Pagnozzi - unfortunately for him - also is in a familiar spot. For the fourth year in a row, he is on the disabled list, the result of an inflamed left wrist. Pagnozzi, who also returned to St. Louis before starting a rehabilitation assignment somewhere, ecould return in 10 days. "He's really close to being ready, but you have to get him game-ready," La Russa said. The Cardinals will have only two players who started last opening day - first baseman John Mabry and center fielder Ray Lankford. Catcher Pat Borders, third baseman Gary Gaetti, shortstop Royce Clayton, righthander Andy Benes and left fielder Ron Gant all will make their Cardinals debuts today. And La Russa will be managing in the National League for the first time after 17 seasons in the American League. In some last-day roster decisions, Danny Sheaffer was kept as another catcher behind Borders. David Bell made the team as an extra infielder, backing up both Gaetti and Alicea, and Mark Sweeney is on the club as a lefthanded pinch-hitter. …

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