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Rick Ankiel Timeline

Sept. 7, 2007: New York Daily News reports that Rick Ankiel received a 12-month supply of HGH in 2004.

Sept. 6, 2007: Hits two homers, his eighth and ninth of the season, and drives in seven runs against the Pirates.

Aug. 9, 2007: Hits a three-run homer in his big-league debut as an outfielder; promoted from Triple-A Memphis, where he slugged 32 homers in 102 games.

Jan. 16, 2007: Signs a minor league deal with the Cardinals.

Dec. 13, 2006: Non-tendered by the Cardinals after missing the entire 2006 season due to a left knee injury suffered in spring training.

2005 season: Splits the season between Class A Quad Cities (.270, 11 HRs, 45 RBIs) and Double-A Springfield (.243, 10 HRs, 30 RBIs).

March 9, 2005: Ankiel announces plans to retire as a pitcher and embark on a new career as an outfielder.

Sept. 1, 2004: Activated from the disabled list (left elbow surgery) and appears in five games as a reliever (1-0, 5.40) for the Cardinals. … Goes 2-1 with a 0.76 ERA in six minor league rehab starts before his call-up.

July 16, 2003 : Season ends after having Tommy John surgery. … In 20 games (10 starts) at Double-A Tennessee, Ankiel goes 2-6 with a 6.29 ERA.

March 3, 2002: Appears in one spring training game before missing entire season due to a left elbow strain.

May 11, 2001: Unable to control his wildness, Ankiel is demoted to the minors after going 1-2 with a 7.13 ERA in six starts. He walks 25 and throws five wild pitches in 24 innings.

April 8, 2001: Begins the season on the Cardinals' big league roster and defeats Randy Johnson and the Diamondbacks in his first start to earn his only victory of the season.

Oct. 16, 2000: Throws two wild pitches, his eighth and ninth of the postseason, in a relief appearance in NLCS Game 6 against the Mets.

Oct. 12, 2000: Walks three, throws two wild pitches and retires just two batters in his NLCS Game 2 start.

Oct. 3, 2000: Throws a major league-record five wild pitches in the third inning of his NLDS Game 1 start against the Braves.

2000 season: The 21-year-old left-hander goes 13-7 with a 3.50 ERA in his first full season and finishes second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting. … Sets Cardinals rookie record with 194 strikeouts.

1999 season: Named Cardinals minor league pitcher of the year for the second consecutive season.

Aug. 23, 1999: Earns no-decision in his first big-league start. … After going winless in five starts, he finishes the season in the bullpen, throwing four scoreless innings.

Aug. 18, 1999: Earns promotion to majors.

1998 season: Posts a 12-6 record with a 2.63 ERA and 222 strikeouts in his first pro season. … Named Cardinals minor league pitcher of the year.

Aug. 28, 1997: Signs minor league contract with St. Louis.

June 1997: Drafted by the Cardinals with the 72nd overall pick in the amateur draft.