Signed as a minor league free agent on December 16, 2005. The 6'5" 230 pound right-handed pitcher made his third spring training appearance in a game on Tuesday.
Blaine played in the Cardinals first game of the spring against FAU. He pitched two innings giving up just two hits and no earned runs while striking out one.
He came back on March the 3rd and pitched two more innings against the Mets, allowing three earned runs on two hits and a walk.
In Tuesday's game against the Dodgers at home, at Roger Dean Stadium, Blaine looked especially sharp, pitching another two innings, this time just giving up just one hit and allowing no runs, striking out one batter and not walking anyone.
Neal has appeared in 113 major league games with four clubs, three in the last two seasons (San Diego, Boston, & Colorado).
The 27 year old right-hander (he turns 28 on April 6) was dealt to Boston at the end of 2005 spring camp with the Padres in exchange for OF Adam Hyzdu.
Neal was claimed of waivers by Colorado on 5/11/05 and appeared in 11 games for the Rockies (1-2, 6.14 ERA) before being placed on the DL with right elbow inflammation.
This spring there is no sign that Neal is experiencing any problems with his pitching elbow and looks very effective in his last outing on Tuesday.
A major league veteran who could see some time in the bullpen before the season is over.