Not that he was probably very worried about it, but Skip Schumaker has already made the final roster. Tony La Russa just said Schumaker is on the team.
In a brief chat with the five or six reporters here at Cardinals camp, La Russa said that Schumaker can go ahead and buy a house in St. Louis. Schumaker's name was mentioned in trade rumors over the off-season, and his spot on the roster appeared to be somewhat in question because of the glut of outfielders.
This spring, Schumaker is becoming much more valuable to team as he learns to play second base. La Russa said he wants to make sure his best players are on the field, and Schumaker (assuming he can handle 2nd) would allow the Cardinals to have three big outfield bats in the line-up on an everyday basis.. some combination of Chris Duncan, Rick Ankiel, Ryan Ludwick, Colby Rasmus and Joe Mather.
La Russa says right now, with camp officially beginning tomorrow, he would rate Schumaker as dead even with the other second base candidates to win the starting job. The other contenders are Joe Thurston, Brendan Ryan and Brian Barden.
La Russa said he thinks by the team the team breaks camp and begins the regular season, Schumaker will likely be an adaquate defensive second baseman, maybe even better than adaquate.
Clearly, Tony considers the Schumaker experiment to be legitimate. He said he wouldn't waste everybody's time with it if he didn't think Skip could handle the switch.