The Redbird Report 07/24

Manager Tony La Russa is hoping that such veteran players as third baseman Scott Rolen and center fielder Jim Edmonds are honest with him the rest of the season as to how they are feeling physically.

La Russa says he doesn't want a player saying he can play and then say later that he was still sore.

Rolen hadn't told La Russa about his weak and sore left shoulder until after Tuesday night's game in Florida. He went back to St. Louis for an arthrogram and a cortisone shot and returned to action on Sunday in Atlanta, where he hit a three-run home run in his last at-bat.

Edmonds has come back after being out a month with a pinched nerve in his back.

"Players can't have it both ways," La Russa said. "You can't say that you're good to play, then later on, say that your play is affected. It's one way or the other."

In Rolen's case, La Russa said, "I have no doubt he's got some shoulder issues. But I also think that he needs to be open-minded on making some adjustments."


--RHP Chris Carpenter is scheduled to undergo "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery Tuesday in St. Louis. Carpenter, who has been sidelined since the first game of the season, will be out 10 to 12 months.

--RHP Kip Wells, who worked eight scoreless innings in his last start, has jumped ahead of LHP Mike Maroth in the rotation. Wells will face the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night in St. Louis and Maroth will be moved back to next weekend against Milwaukee.

Maroth, 0-3 with an 8.17 earned run average for the Cardinals in five starts after coming from Detroit, said, "There are some adjustments that I need to make."

--Pitching coach Dave Duncan was to drive to Kansas City Monday night to see son Shelley Duncan, the new home-run hero of the New York Yankees. Duncan is the older brother of Cardinals slugger Chris Duncan, the left fielder who has 19 home runs.

--RHP Anthony Reyes will be recalled from Class AAA Memphis to pitch one game of a day-night doubleheader at home Saturday against Milwaukee. Reyes has not won in the majors since Game 1 of last year's World Series.

--RHP Ryan Franklin threw a season-high 54 pitches while working two scoreless innings of relief Sunday in Atlanta.

BY THE NUMBERS: 21 -- Number of games out of the last 67 that the Cardinals had left with Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I expect to pitch like I've been pitching, not like I was pitching before." -- RHP Adam Wainwright, who gave up only three earned runs over 21 innings in a three-game winning streak after struggling in the first half of the season.

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