MLB Insiders - Reyes to Start Monday

Manager Tony La Russa announced that rookie right-hander Anthony Reyes would remain as Monday's starter in Milwaukee, with the other two starters in the series to be announced.

While Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen was headed for New York for the first of a series of consultations relative to his ailing left hip, shortstop David Eckstein, recovering from a left oblique strain, accompanied the team to Milwaukee, where he might be playing before the end of a three-game series that starts Monday. But a third injured Cardinal, center fielder Jim Edmonds, stayed home Sunday after the first rainout at the new Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals' postponed game with San Francisco will not be rescheduled unless it pertains to a playoff berth for either team or both, in which case it would be played in St. Louis on Oct. 2, the day after the regular season ends.

Manager Tony La Russa announced that rookie right-hander Anthony Reyes would remain as Monday's starter in Milwaukee, with the other two starters in the series to be announced. Right-hander Jeff Weaver, who warmed up Sunday before the game was called, is a candidate, as are right-handers Jason Marquis and Jeff Suppan, who originally had been scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Edmonds, who has had just six at-bats, five of them strikeouts, since he became bothered by post-concussion syndrome a month ago, hasn't been cleared to return to action -- or even to fly yet. Though Edmonds said he was improved and has been taking batting practice, he is missing his second consecutive trip.

"He'll do the same thing -- stay back and get his work in," La Russa said. "When he feels like he can (have) a full practice and not have any ill effects, he can be cleared for game action."

Edmonds said, "I think I'm getting close to (game action). They just didn't want to put me on a plane right now.

"I'm just going to go day by day right now and see how much progress I can make."

--RHP Jason Isringhausen will be on a whirlwind tour Monday, much like a presidential candidate, as he gets opinions on his ailing left hip. He will have two appointments in New York in the morning, one in Nashville, Tenn., in the afternoon and be back in St. Louis on Monday night.

"By Tuesday," said Dr. George Paletta, the head of the Cardinals' medical staff, "we should have a disposition as to what's going to be done (surgically) and how and where it's going to be done."

--Despite Sunday's rainout, manager Tony La Russa said that RHP Chris Carpenter would start, as scheduled, in Houston on Thursday.

--La Russa said that he won't start injured SS David Eckstein (strained left oblique muscle) until Eckstein proves he can throw with full effort. La Russa also said that Eckstein wouldn't automatically be in the leadoff spot when he returns, and that his fill-in, Aaron Miles, might be see time again at second base, where he played much of the season.

--Without lifting a finger, the Cardinals reduced their magic number to eight for clinching the National League Central Division title as both Cincinnati and Houston lost Sunday.

Cincinnati, which trails by seven games and Houston, 8 1/2 in arrears, play each other in Houston for three games this week while the Cardinals are in Milwaukee.

--1B Albert Pujols has 24 game-winning RBIs, six more than anyone else in the majors.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- Number of starts out of 31 in which RHP Jason Marquis (14-15) has not had a decision, through Sept. 15.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't want to quit on my team." -- RHP Jason Isringhausen, who is afflicted with a sore left hip and who had been hopeful of pitching again this season but has finally been shut down.


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