JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals announced on Thursday that they have purchased the contract of right-hander Scott Linebrink, therefore adding him to the 40-man roster and to the team's regular-season bullpen.
Linebrink, 35, arrived at camp as a non-roster player under a Minor League deal but cemented his addition to the roster with a strong spring showing. In nine appearances (9 2/3 innings), Linebrink has allowed just one earned run. A 12-year veteran, Linebrink has made 607 Major League appearances and posted a 3.51 ERA.
"He pitched as we had hoped he would," manager Mike Matheny said. "He's done a nice job and has brought intangibles, too. We knew that was going to be a big part ... trying to have some veteran presence in the 'pen. He's shown he has the stuff to go along with that."
What remains a bit less settled are roles. Any one of the other four right-handers in the bullpen could serve as a setup man for Motte.
With Thursday's roster move, the Cardinals' 40-man roster is now full. Utility man Eugenio Velez is the only other non-roster player remaining in camp, though he is not expected to be a part of the club's Opening Day roster.
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