Cardinals Add Chambers
Former football standout added to 40-man roster
ST. LOUIS—Adron Chambers had just enough time to hop off the Greyhound bus and into his cleats for a run at changing his life.
A college football player looking for a chance to reinvent himself with baseball, Chambers got a call about 24 hours earlier from a Cardinals scout telling him that if he could get to Memphis he would get a tryout. Chambers bought a bus ticket for almost $100, rumbling from Pensacola, Fla., through Louisiana and then up north to Tennessee. He arrived at the ballpark as the tryouts began.
"When I got off that bus, I was a little sleepy, a little tired, a little lost," Chambers said. "I wasn't used to that Memphis atmosphere. I had this moment, looking at the ballpark, where I thought it was St. Louis. Nobody really recognized me. Nobody really knew who I was. I was trying to make money and here I was spending money to get there. I didnt know what would happen."
Chambers, 24, impressed enough with his athleticism during the 60-yard dash and batting practice that the Cardinals took him in the 38th round in the 2007 draft. A little more than three years later, Chambers is one of five newcomers to the 40-man roster, a group that includes the player taken 1,135 picks earlier, first-rounder Pete Kozma. Chambers has vaulted into the prospect conversation with a strong 2010 and impressive turn in the Arizona Fall League. Chambers hit .283/.379/.405 at two levels during the regular season, and he hit .333/.377/.455 in the AFL with 10 stolen bases.
• Reliever Jordan Swagerty, making his pro debut in the Arizona Fall League, was shut down as a precaution after experiencing soreness in his oblique. Swagerty was 0-1, 3.60 with three strikeouts in five innings in four games in the AFL.
• The Cardinals removed four players from their 40-man roster: righthander Adam Ottavino, their 2006 first-rounder; outfielders Daryl Jones and Nick Stavinoha; and catcher Steven Hill.