La Russa would consider moving Looper to starting rotation

Updated: December 5, 2006, 4:07 PM ET

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida -- Tony La Russa was expected to give Adam Wainwright a look for his 2007 rotation. Braden Looper might be coming along for the ride.

La Russa disclosed Tuesday that his World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals could conceivably explore a host of current relievers for starting roles next season, including Looper, who never has started a game in nine major league seasons.

"We're going to go into spring training and stretch out Adam, Braden, Brad (Thompson) ...

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