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Cardinals cut Nelson, reassign Daubach
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals on Sunday released relief pitcher Jeff Nelson, who fell short in an attempt to make the team as a non-roster invitee to spring training.
Nelson, 39, was cut although he gave up only one hit and no runs in 5 2/3 innings.
He was informed after throwing a hitless inning against the Marlins.
The Cardinals also reassigned Brian Daubach, a first baseman/outfielder who also had been a non-roster invitee, to Triple-A Memphis.
Daubach, who hit .333 in 30 at-bats with two home runs and nine RBIs, indicated he would probably report to the minor league camp on Tuesday.
The Cardinals cut two other players, right-handed reliever Jeff Nelson and first baseman/outfielder Brian Daubach. Both had been nonroster invitees.
La Russa had said earlier in the day that the team would be cutting three or four players, but said "that's enough for today."
Nelson, 39, was released although he gave up only one hit and no runs in 5 2-3 innings. He was informed after throwing a hitless inning against the Marlins.
Nelson had thought he was being added to the 25-man roster.
"It's definitely a shock," Nelson said. "I didn't think there was a possibility that I wouldn't make this team. If I gave up one run, then I'd say 'OK, maybe I gave up too many runs."'
Nelson was a member of four World Championship teams with the Yankees. Last year he was 1-3 with a 3.93 ERA in 49 games with the Mariners.
He said La Russa told him he was getting too many pitches up in the zone.
"I told him, 'How do you pitch better? Not give up any hits?" Nelson said.
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