Apparently missing out on closer Brian Fuentes has really put a crimp in the St. Louis Cardinals’ offseason plans.

Tony LaRussa is not eager to use any of the teams’ young arms to close, and so that leaves the team with few options.

More La Russa: (1) He doesn’t believe it’s smart to count on Chris Carpenter returning to full health to start 30 or more games in ’09; (2) TLR would consider using Carpenter as the closer if that’s best for Carpenter; (3) TLR isn’t thrilled with the idea of moving young reliever Kyle McClellan into the rotation unless the bullpen is reinforced with the addition of a quality reliever. St. Louis Today.