Right-hander Ryan Franklin, who has blown four of five save opportunities after converting 27 of 29 last year, has been relieved of his closer duties, at least for a while.
Manager Tony La Russa
didn't assign the job to anybody in particular, saying what was happening in the
game would dictate the strategy he and pitching coach Dave Duncan will use. But
he did acknowledge that
approach is most likely, as the Cardinals will rotate right-hander Mitchell Boggs, Miguel Batista and Jason Motte, along with left-hander Trever Miller.
"We're going to do
whatever we can do for
La Russa said, "You treat him like a hitter who is struggling. Change his responsibilities a little bit."
RHP Jake Westbrook will
pitch Wednesday afternoon against
INF Nick Punto, who came
off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, is slated to make his first start for the
Cardinals on Wednesday night. Punto had been working out for nearly two weeks at
the Cardinals' Jupiter,
2B Skip Schumaker went on the disabled list for the first time in his career with a strained right triceps, an injury manager Tony La Russa fears may keep him out longer than 15 days. "I'll do everything to speed recovery," Schumaker said. "I knew (going to the doctor on Monday) that it was significant enough to have a concern. It depends on your body, and it depends on how well you recover, but I'm hoping for it to be no more than the 15 days."
OF Allen Craig, who was
placed on the disabled list with a strained left groin, may be not be out longer
than 15 days. He has been replaced on the roster by left-handed-hitting 1B Mark Hamilton, who was at Class AAA Memphis.
LHP Brian Tallet had two screws inserted in his right hand to hasten the healing process as he recovers from a fracture that put him on the disabled list last week. Tallet said the doctors initially told him the recovery would be four to six weeks. The surgery to put the screws in place was expected to cut that recovery time in half, Tallet said.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2 - Day-night doubleheaders at Busch Stadium in its first five seasons. No. 3 is slated for Wednesday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Everything in my arsenal is still there. I haven't lost anything. However they want to put me out there, it doesn't matter. I'm theirs."
- RHP Ryan
INF Nick Punto (hernia surgery in February 2011) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He was activated April 19.
2B Skip Schumaker (strained right triceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 16. Manager Tony La Russa said Schumaker might be out longer than 15 days.
OF Allen Craig (left groin strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 17. He hopes to return after the minimum absence.
LHP Bryan Tallet (fractured right hand) went on 15-day disabled list April 13. He had screws inserted in his hand, and he hopes to return in early May.
RHP Bryan Augenstein (strained right groin) went on the 15-day disabled list April 13.
RHP Adam Wainwright (Tommy John surgery in February 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 25. He will miss the entire 2011 season.
Wed., Apr. 19 vs. NATIONALS
Game one: Jake Westbrook (1-1, 7.63) vs. John Lannan (1-1, 3.38) 1:15 p.m. CDT (FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX Radio and Cardinals Radio Network).
Game two: Jaime Garcia (2-0, 1.35) vs. Jordan Zimmerman (1-2, 2.45) 7:15 p.m. CDT (FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX Radio and Cardinals Radio Network).