Cardinals Major League Notebook: 06/14/11

The returns of Kyle McClellan and Matt Holliday are expected during the Washington series, which begins Tuesday night.


   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 Milwaukee and who said he hadn't felt any discomfort in his left hip since last Wednesday, will come off the disabled list to pitch in Washington on Wednesday.

   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 Washington.

   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 Los Angeles, 11-2.

   "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."


--After the Cardinals' three games in Washington, they will finish their interleague schedule, with the exception of a second series at home against Philadelphia next week. They will play Kansas City and Toronto at home during a three-team homestand, and then Baltimore and Tampa Bay on the road. The only American League East teams the Cardinals do not play are Boston and New York.

   --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 Washington on Tuesday night. Garcia has made it past five innings in only one of his last four starts. The three times he didn't were all away from home.

   --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 Washington (40). By the time they return home on Friday, they will have played 40 road games and 30 at home. And by the time their next homestand is over, they will be only two games shy of the halfway point of their schedule.

   --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 Cincinnati and Milwaukee.

   --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 Washington.

   --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.


Tue., June 14 at NATIONALS: Jaime Garcia (6-2, 3.20) vs. Yunesky Maya (0-1, 5.40) 6:05 p.m. CDT (FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX Radio and Cardinals Radio Network).

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