Cards' Salas thankful for World Baseball Classic experience

Cards' Salas thankful for World Baseball Classic experience

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ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: Reliever Fernando Salas #59 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium on September 29, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by B.J. Rains / BaseballSTL

KMOV.com

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 12:09 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. – Fernando Salas is back from the World Baseball Classic and ready to regain his quest to win a spot in the Cardinals bullpen.

Salas left camp for about a week to pitch in the WBC for Team Mexico, who was eliminated in the first round.

“It was a good experience,” Salas said. “I was happy because I got to play with my country. It was a very good experience for me.

“I feel good. My arm feels good. I think it helped me for the season.”

Salas was arguably the MVP of the Cardinals bullpen in 2011 but was overworked and struggled mightily in 2012. He’s refreshed and feeling healthy this spring but doesn’t have a roster spot guaranteed.

The right-hander is battling with several guys including Eduardo Sanchez and possibly Joe Kelly or Shelby Miller for a spot in the bullpen. And he feels he has what it takes to contribute.

“I’m trying hard,” Salas said. “I’m ready for the season and to help the team. I want to stay healthy. I’m ready.

“I feel good. Every season is different. I feel good. Last season is over, 2011 is over, this season is the most important for me and I want to help the team. When I stay healthy, I think I can help the team.”

 

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