The Cardinals already have employed the disabled list 12 times this season, but they are about to get healthier.
Right-hander Kyle McClellan, who
threw two bullpen sessions in
And left fielder Matt Holliday,
who has been bothered by a left quadriceps injury for nearly a month, is slated
to come off the disabled list to play Thursday in
Because of all the injuries the Cardinals have had, nine players have been called up from Class AAA Memphis and one from Class AA Springfield.
But, for more than three weeks until Sunday, the Cardinals led the National League Central Division.
"(Manager Tony La Russa) always makes things work one way or another," right-hander Chris Carpenter said. "He's very good at putting people in position to succeed."
Since the start of the year, the
Cardinals have had their projected starting lineup on the field for only four
games, the latest being on April 15 when they beat
"Crazy stuff happens throughout the year and we've dealt with it pretty well," said right-hander Kyle Lohse, who leads the staff with seven victories. "Everybody we've called up has done a great job. That shows the kind of depth we have.
"I've been on several teams where you kind of get a wave of injuries but I don't think anything this extreme. But when we get the big guys going (together) -- Holliday, Albert (Pujols and Lance (Berkman), it's going to be pretty exciting to watch."
NOTES AND QUOTES
--After the Cardinals'
three games in
--LHP Jaime Garcia, 4-0 at home
with an 0.46 earned run average but 2-2 with an ERA of nearly 6.00 on the road,
will open the series at
--The Cardinals, 20-17 away from
home with three more games to go on their three-city trip, have played more road
games than any National League team but
--The Cardinals have not started
series as well as they've finished them. In first games of series, they are
12-10. In the final games, they are 15-7. They are 15-3-1 in their last 19
series, with two of the series losses sweeps at
--Strange, but true: 1B Albert Pujols is hitting only .218 against left-handed pitching.
BY THE NUMBERS: 25-15 -- Cardinals' record in night games this season. They are 13-14 by daylight.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We've done a great job keeping afloat, if you will. Heck, we've done more than that. We've done well. If we can get everybody back healthy, I think we're going to be a real good team in the second half." -- OF Lance Berkman.
--OF Allen Craig (bruised right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 8.
--LF Matt Holliday (strained left quadriceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 1. He is expected to return after missing the minimum 15 days. He was expected to come off the disabled list on June 16.
--RHP Kyle McClellan (left hip
flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 31. He will
throw a bullpen session during the weekend of June 10-12, and he is expected to
be activated for a June 15 start against
--C Gerald Laird (broken right index finger) went on the 15-day disabled list May 23. He will be out until July.
--INF Nick Punto (right forearm flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18. He was traveling with the team in early June, and he should be ready for a rehab assignment soon.
--3B David Freese (broken left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list May 2. He had surgery May 3, and he is expected to be out until mid- to late July.
--RHP Bryan Augenstein (strained right groin) went on the 15-day disabled list April 13. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 16.
--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.
June 14 at NATIONALS: Jaime Garcia (6-2, 3.20) vs. Yunesky Maya (0-1, 5.40) 6:05
p.m. CDT (FOX Sports