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jjt111
02-05-2008, 04:31 AM
ST. LOUIS -- Juan Gonzalez is trying a comeback with the St. Louis Cardinals (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/STL).
After sitting out the past two seasons, the two-time AL MVP will be one of 26 non-roster players invited to St. Louis' spring training camp this month.
The 38-year-old Gonzalez last played regularly in 2003 when he had 24 home runs and 70 RBI in 324 at-bats for the Texas Rangers. He had one at-bat with Cleveland in 2005 before injuring his hamstring.
Gonzalez has 434 career homers and five 40-homer seasons, the last in 1998.
Cardinals star Albert Pujols (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/players/playerpage/223571) has been working out with Gonzalez, and pushed for the team to give him a shot.
The Cardinals also invited their minor league player of the year, outfielder Colby Rasmus (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/players/playerpage/1184596), as a non-roster player. Rasmus has a chance to make the team, given the trade of Jim Edmonds (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/players/playerpage/7578) and the uncertain status of Juan Encarnacion (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/players/playerpage/8225), struck in the eye by a foul ball last September.
Minor league third baseman David Freese (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/players/playerpage/1225732) of St. Louis, acquired in the Edmonds trade from the Padres, also is a non-roster invitee. In all, 66 players are due to report.
Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 14 and begin workouts on Feb. 15, with the first full-squad workout on Feb. 19. The Cardinals are beginning their 11th spring training in Jupiter, Fla.
AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Rafferity
02-05-2008, 10:27 AM
It's a start.:cool: Says he has a minor league contract!!

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080204&content_id=2364136&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

Gonzaleznut
02-05-2008, 02:21 PM
I agree with Jerry...It's a start.