Earlier today, Brian Stull joined Alvin Reid, who is in place for Bernie Miklasz, on 101ESPN to give some Cardinals’ updates and basically said the following:

ON WHETHER OR NOT THE CARDINALS NEED ANOTHER SHORTSTOP:  John Mozeliak is positive about the progress that Rafael Furcal has made and is confident that Furcal will be the shortstop on Opening Day. Should Furcal go down at any point, Mozeliak is confident that between Daniel DescalsoPete Kozma, and Ryan Jackson, there are several players that should be able to fill in.

Bengie Molina Will Be The Cardinals' Assistant Hitting Coach For 2013

ON JAIME GARCIA PLAYING IN THE WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: Jaime Garcia is scheduled to pitch for Team Mexico in the WBC. While the Cardinals need to see what kind of physical condition he is in come March, there is no reason why, if healthy, he should be pitching in Jupiter as opposed to the WBC. All WBC coaches and managers have an understanding that they have to be careful with their players, in that they are not entirely their players and that they have a full six month season ahead of them that they need to be prepared for.

ON BENGIE MOLINA BECOMING ASSISTANT HITTING COACH: It’s the first time that he will be a coach, but considering how great he was at handling various pitching staffs over the years, he should be able to bring that type of mindset to hitters and teach them how to handle different pitchers.

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