05/20/2004: Rick Ankiel Watch....
Brian Gunn at Redbird Nation (permalink FUBAR; scroll down to the 5/19 post starting "RICK ANKIEL") notes that Rick Ankiel is still alive and apparently quite well in AA:
RICK ANKIEL, who I root for more than any player in baseball, will most likely be in a Cardinals uniform come September. Ankiel, as you recall, tore a ligament in his left elbow last July and has been rehabbing from surgery for the past year. But he should be ready to pitch by August, at which point the Cardinals need to call him up or risk losing him.
Ankiel is technically on optional assignment, meaning he's on the Cards' 40-man roster but not their 25-man roster. And since he's been on the 40-man roster during three different seasons, he'll have to clear waivers if we send him back down. And there's no question in my mind someone would take a chance on him if he were exposed to the Rule 5 draft.
Len on 05.20.04 @ 09:10 AM CST