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Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed Friday that he is seeking an impact player to shore up an outfield decimated by injuries to right fielder Larry Walker and left fielder Reggie Sanders.
"We're not looking for someone considered an extra outfielder," Jocketty said several hours before the Cardinals opened a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. "We're looking for someone like we found last season in Larry Walker."
Jocketty has discussed the availability of San Diego outfielder Brian Giles with Padres general manager Kevin Towers, according to a source. Giles, like Walker, is a lefthanded hitter whom the Cardinals have long coveted. An apparent snag to a deal has been the Padres' insistence on receiving major-league pitching in return. Jocketty and manager Tony La Russa insisted Friday they do not want to subtract from their current roster to address an outfield need.
"The injuries obviously make a difference in what our objective is going to be," Jocketty said. "But again, the injuries are all short-term. And we still have a pretty good lead. If we had a one- or two-game lead, it would be a different situation."
In his first game since he vetoed a trade that would have sent him to Baltimore, Phil Nevin started behind the plate at catcher.
It was his first start at catcher since 1999.
Nevin went 0 for 4 with a walk, while batting third in Bruce Bochy's lineup.
Larry Walker will be put on the disabled list, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Triple-A outfielder John Gall joined the team in San Diego to take Walker's place on the roster.
Walker received his third cortisone shot of the season on Monday to help relieve pain from a herniated disc.
Cardinals outfielder Reggie Sanders might miss a month or more because of a broken bone in his right leg.
Sanders was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, three days after he collided with center fielder Jim Edmonds as they chased a flyball. Tests Sunday showed that the 37-year-old left fielder has a hairline fracture of his right fibula that team doctors estimate could keep him out four to six weeks.
"I feel like I played football for a couple of days," Sanders said. "You look at all the dynamics and it's not what I wanted, but here it is."
Sanders was second on the Cardinals with 18 home runs, third with 44 RBI and first with 14 stolen bases in 15 attempts. He had been chasing his first career 30-30 season.
It is just the latest injury for the Cardinals, who are fortunate to have a double-digit lead in the NL Central.
"There's never a decent cushion," manager Tony La Russa said. "You have one bad week, nobody's talking about a cushion."
David Ortiz got the most votes for this season's All-Star game, as he is one of four Red Sox players to start for the American League.
The Cardinals have seven representatives, including David Eckstein, the starting shortstop and Scott Rolen at third base.
David Lee got the starting nod over Alber Pujols, while Mike Piazza will start yet again, despite having an average season.
Also on the team was suspended Rangers' pitcher Kenny Rogers, who is currently appealing his suspension.
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