Cardinals GM 'comfortable' Glaus is not using steroids

ST. LOUIS -- Before acquiring Troy Glaus in a trade with
Toronto, the St. Louis Cardinals looked into allegations the third
baseman used steroids.

New Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday he
was "comfortable" with baseball's investigation into the matter.
"We did our due diligence on that," Mozeliak said at a news
conference to discuss the trade. "We spoke with Major League
Baseball. Obviously, it was a concern to us moving forward.
"Our understanding and how it was explained to us is they did a
thorough investigation. He cooperated fully. At the end of the day,
they felt there was not enough to warrant any disciplinary action.
With that said, it made us very comfortable with the direction we
were going."
SI.com reported in September that the former World Series MVP
received steroids from Signature Pharmacy between September 2003
and May 2004. On Dec. 6, Major League Baseball said it found
insufficient evidence to discipline him.
St. Louis obtained Glaus on Monday for Scott Rolen in a swap of
former All-Stars.
"I cooperated fully with MLB and their investigation," Glaus
said. "They came to their conclusion. There was no discipline
necessary, and really that's all I'm going to say about that."
On the same day baseball decided there was insufficient evidence
to discipline Glaus, it also found insufficient evidence to punish
Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel. The New York Daily News reported
Ankiel received eight shipments of prescription human growth
hormone in 2004.
Mozeliak thinks he eliminated a potentially disruptive clubhouse
rift and filled one of the team's biggest needs with the
acquisition of Glaus.
Rolen, 32, approached Mozeliak about a trade soon after Tony La
Russa agreed to a two-year contract extension. The third baseman
and manager have been at odds dating to the 2006 postseason when La
Russa benched Rolen, who at the time was struggling and had a
shoulder injury.
"When you think about what he did as a player and what we were
able to see, it wasn't the easiest decision to make," Mozeliak
said. "When we really narrowed everything down, we realized it was
in the best interest of Scott and the St. Louis Cardinals to go our
separate ways."
Rolen hit only 35 homers combined over the past three seasons.
Glaus combined for 75 homers in 2005 and 2006, but was limited to
20 in just 115 games last season due to an injured left foot.
"We really feel like we addressed one of the needs we had this
offseason, and that was trying to find a right-handed power bat,"
Mozeliak said.
St. Louis hopes Glaus, 31, can protect Albert Pujols.
Glaus recalled that, as a 6-year-old growing up in California, he
told his mother he would one day play third base for the Cardinals.
He's not even sure why he said it.
"Funny thing is here it is 25 years later and I get a chance to
do that," he said.
Glaus said he looks forward to playing for La Russa, promising
to play hard and play to win.
"If that's what Tony wants out of a player we're going to be
all right," he said.
Glaus had surgery in September for a ruptured plantar fascia. He
said his recovery is about three weeks ahead of schedule. He has
begun running sprints and expects to be 100 percent by the season
opener. Busch Stadium's grass surface is expected to be easier on
the foot than the artificial turf in Toronto.