The Springfield Cardinals Report 05/11

Tony La Russa announced Thursday that rehabbing major leaguer Juan Encarnacion would return to St. Louis on Sunday, following Springfield's last game of the current home stand, which ends on Saturday. Encarnacion, went 8-56 and with no home runs and no RBI, told members of the media on Thursday that he had viewed playing in Springfield pretty much like going to spring training.

He said he felt like he had done what he had to do during his short stint in the minor leagues and could be an asset to St. Louis and do what was expected of him even though he hadn't put up overly impressive numbers for the Springfield Cardinals during his 20-day stay.

On the other hand, Mike McCoy, who started Thursday night's game in left field, says that he is happy to be playing right where he is.

"I have had a great time playing in the minor leagues," McCoy said before Thursday night's game. "I have met some great people and have had some really great experiences." McCoy knows that it is every players goal, including his, to make it to the majors and to play in St. Louis someday is his ultimate dream, but whether or not the veteran player makes it to the big time or not is not going to diminish his enjoyment of being able to do what most of us only dream of--playing baseball. "Playing in the majors may be the end goal, but playing baseball for a living is a dream come true in itself. It is a great job and I could be doing a lot worse." As my grandmother would say, "Now there's a baseball player a fan can be proud of."

Rain continues to plague the Springfield Cardinals as a make-up game, scheduled to be played May 10 as part of an unscheduled double-header with the Wichita Wranglers was rained out. Springfield would manage to get only three pitches from Eric Haberer before a major downpour chased the players from the field, the fans to the concession stands and the ground crew to their assigned positions.

The rain delay lasted nearly three hours before the teams could once again take to the field. It was decided that only one game would be played Thursday night and the rained-out rain-out would be made up on Saturday.

The new game starting time is 5:10 p.m., and gates will open at 4:10. The Cards wound up losing the soggy game to Wichita 6-1, dropping their record to 13-17.

The Springfield Cardinals are now in third place in the Texas League North Division.

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