Cardinals 2012 Roster: St. Louis Adds Scott Linebrink To 40-Man Roster

In a somewhat surprising development, RP Scott Linebrink has worked his way from a minor-league deal to a likely Opening Day roster spot with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The 35-year-old Linebrink spent the 2011 season with the Atlanta Braves, pitching 54.1 innings with a 3.64 ERA and 4.30 FIP. After signing a minor league deal with the Cardinals, Linebrink then went on to pitch 9.2 innings in Spring Training with a 0.93 ERA, 2 strikeouts and 1 walk.

Linebrink, a 12-year veteran, has accrued 656.2 IP and a 3.51 ERA in his career. He earned $5.5 million in 2011 with the Atlanta Braves as a part of the final year of his 2008 contract with the Chicago White Sox.

For more on the St. Louis Cardinals, drop by the Cardinals blogs Viva El Birdos or swing by SB Nation's MLB news hub, Baseball Nation. For a deeper look at the statistics of baseball, check out the sabermetrics blog Beyond the Box Score.

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