Feb 18, 2013; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs coach David Bell poses for a picture during photo day at Fitch Park. Image Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals name David Bell as assistant hitting coach

An assistant hitting coach was named today after Bengie Molina vacated the position when he accepted a position with the Texas Rangers. The replacement is former Cardinals player David Bell, who was recently a coach on the Chicago Cubs staff. Bell played for the Cardinals during the 1995-98 seasons.

There is news on the injury front according to Post-Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold. According to Goold both Peter Bourjos and Oscar Taveras met with Cardinals medical personnel over the past weekend in St. Louis. Bourjos started swinging the bat recently while Taveras “passed the evaluations this past weekend but was not cleared to run.”

General manager John Mozeliak gave an update on players’ health during the Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin resorts.

With regards to the Cardinals plans to purchase the Memphis Redbirds, the Memphis City Council delayed a vote until December 17th following two hours of debate. The deadline is December 31st.

New shortstop Jhonny Peralty spoke with Joe Strauss.

“I know I made a mistake about baseball and everything. I’m a quiet guy. I’m not a lot of trouble. I want to show other people I’m not a bad person,” Peralta said. “I want to show the people of St. Louis like I showed the people in Detroit. They appreciated me and liked me. I don’t want to say I’m the best person in the world. But I try to be a good person. I think I’m a friendly person.”

Meanwhile, Bernie Miklasz wrote a column on Tony La Russa, who he calls the last of the lions.

Speaking of Tony, it’s possible that he could be inducted without a team on his cap. Given the achievements that he had over his career, I would not blame him for getting inducted without a team on there.

According to Yahoo! Sports baseball columnist Jeff Passan, the St. Louis Cardinals have shown an interest in Aledmys Diaz, a Cuban shortstop.

Passan tweeted yesterday:

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