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NL Central Watch: March 30

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Here's a quick glance at what's happening around the National League Central one week from Opening Day.

The Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen blues are back. Trevor Hoffman, the all-time saves leader with 554, was moved to the disabled list today. This is a blow to the Brewers, who were attracted to Hoffman because of his durability. Hoffman, who got a one-year, $6 million contract, had been on the disabled list only one other time during his 16-year career -- back in 2003, when a right shoulder problem led to surgery. Right-hander Carlos Villanueva is expected to move into the closer role while Hoffman is out.

The Cubs start the season in Houston next Monday and the Astros are certainly concerned about the status of power-hitting first baseman Lance Berkman.

The St. Louis Cardinals were set to meet today to discuss their final moves before announcing a 25-man roster. There are still some questions about the Cards' bullpen.

The Cincinnati Reds -- and manager Dusty Baker -- sent former Cub Jacque Jones to the minors.

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