Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has begun to scout for starting pitchers to help bolster a depleted rotation, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The newspaper speculated that some of the team’s targets could include free agent righthander Jeff Suppan, Orioles righthander Kevin Millwood and Royals righthander Brian Bannister.
The Cardinals reportedly prefers pitchers who have been active this season, as opposed to veterans like Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Braden Looper and Paul Byrd.
With righthanders Brad Penny (back) and Kyle Lohse (forearm) injured, the team has been forced to plug inexperienced arms into the rotation. Pitching coach Dave Duncan recently told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that youngsters P.J. Walters, Blake Hawksworth and Adam Ottavino aren’t yet qualified to serve as starters for a "championship team."