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Joe Thurston, Brian Barden More Than Fill Void at Third For Cardinals

Published by on April 27, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

When Troy Glaus went down this winter with shoulder surgery, Cardinals fans started to count the days until his return.

There was much speculation as to who could start in absence of Glaus, and names such as Joe Mather and David Freese arose. Mather ended up being optioned to AAA, and Freese has only managed 19 at-bats and a couple of hits.

But the dynamic rookie duo of Joe Thurston and Brian Barden have excelled so far this season, leaving myself and other Cardinal fans worrying less and less about Glaus' return date.

Their offense has been overshadowed by Albert Pujols and the rest of the Cardinals hot start. However, a big reason St. Louis has scored more runs than any other National League team is bec...

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