Lend-lease update: Over before it started

It was an interesting concept. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and Orioles manager Dave Trembley cooked up the possibility of the O's lending a few pitchers to the Cardinals to ease the O's innings squeeze and help the Cards with a shortage in the same department, but it didn't get far.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak shot it down in a hurry.

"That's not going to happen,'' he said, chalking up the difference between him and his manager on the subject as "a disconnect."

Instead, the Cardinals are going to bring some more minor league pitchers into the major league mix to alleviate the problem.

The concept never got to Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, who was surprised when it was brought to his attention. He said earlier he would have been open to talking about it, but was non-committal on what he characterized as a very unusual idea.

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