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Source: Cardinals Sign Felipe Lopez

The Cardinals have reached a contract agreement with free-agent infielder Felipe Lopez, according to a source.

The deal is for one-year and $2 million.

Lopez batted .310, with a .383 on-base percentage, last season for the Diamondbacks and Brewers.


McGwire Doesn't Plan On Seeing Brother Ever Again

Mark McGwire is saddened that his estranged brother has written a book that chronicles their use of performance-enhancing drugs.

McGwire said he's so upset with his brother, Jay McGwire, that he doesn't believe reconciliation is possible.

"I don't plan on ever seeing him again," said McGwire.

Jay McGwire lived with Mark and was a frequent clubhouse visitor during McGwire's time in Oakland.

His book, "Mark and Me: Mark McGwire and the Truth Behind Baseball's Worst-Kept Secret," is scheduled for publication Monday by TriumphBooks.


Aaron Lauds McGwire's Public Apology

Hank Aaron believes that Mark McGwire should have a clear conscience after recently admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs as a player.

Aaron added that he wishes McGwire would have made his admission and apology earlier, but says America will forgive players who tell the truth.


Franklin Upset With MLB's Ban On Guns In Clubhouse

Ryan Franklin is among the large number of avid outdoorsmen on the Cardinals roster and on Saturday expressed disappointment in Major League Baseball's recent directive prohibiting certain weapons, including all firearms, from the clubhouse.

Clubs distributed the ban to players earlier this week.

"If you grew up around it, being in the outdoors and stuff, I was taught as a young kid how to respect firearms," Franklin said following Saturday's workout. "First of all, you don't get stupid with it. Always treat a gun like it's loaded. That's what I taught my son and daughters. There's a place for them."

MLB's edict is in apparent response to the arrest and conviction of New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress for carrying a loaded gun into a New York City nightclub and, more recently, the brandishing of guns by Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton during an apparent gambling dispute.

Via Post-Dispatch

Pujols At Ease Following Elbow Surgery

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is feeling more at ease following reconstructive elbow surgery.

Pujols had a half-dozen bone spurs removed from his chronically troublesome right elbow during offseason surgery.

Following pre- and post-operative consultation with Dr. James Andrews and Dr. George Paletta, the team physician, Pujols' worries were eased.

"I told Dr. Paletta and Dr. Andrews 'If you go in there and you see something different from the test, go ahead and get it done,' " Pujols said Sunday. "They didn't. It's good news to hear Dr. Andrews tell me that probably you will never have to worry about having the Tommy John [surgery]."


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