Posted: Aug 14, 2012 5:38 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Aug 14, 2012 5:39 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals have placed relief pitcher Brian Fuentes on the restricted list after the left-hander told the team he needed time off due to personal reasons. They're on the verge of getting left-handed starter Jaime Garcia back.
General manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday that the team did not expect the former San Luis Obispo Blues star back this season, adding "I didn't close the door on anything but I don't anticipate it." He added he could tell "that something was bothering him."
Fuentes will not count against the 40-man roster while on the restricted list and won't be paid.
He called me yesterday and said he was dealing with some personal issues, and at time he said he just could no longer play for us," Mozeliak said. "I did not dig in on it. Clearly, he was not looking to share exactly what was going on with me."
Mozeliak said Fuentes' decision had nothing to do with his role on the team, adding that Fuentes sent the GM a complimentary note.
The 37-year-old Fuentes signed as a minor league free agent last month and has appeared in six games, totaling five innings. The four-time All-Star closer had been released by Oakland, which is paying the majority of his $5 million salary. St. Louis was responsible for only a prorated share of the $480,000 minimum.
St. Louis had been counting on Fuentes providing a veteran arm, considering him a trade deadline pickup.
"Really, I was disappointed frankly," Mozeliak said. "He played into how we made decisions, so to have it end this way is definitely disappointing. But there's no looking back for us at this point."
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