The Redbird Report 09/25

The Cardinals lost another game and another player Monday. Before they lost at Milwaukee, 13-5, the Cardinals announced that catcher Yadier Molina had undergone successful minor knee surgery.

Molina is the fifth regular to be lost to injury for the season, joining third baseman Scott Rolen, left fielder Chris Duncan, second baseman Adam Kennedy and right fielder Juan Encarnacion.

Meanwhile, right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright won't win 15 games this season. Wainwright didn't have his best stuff or his best defense Monday. He gave up nine runs in five innings, but two of the Cardinals' three infield errors were committed behind him. Wainwright now is 13-12 for the season and hasn't won since Sept. 1. Four of the Milwaukee runs came in the first inning, three off the bat of Prince Fielder, who hit his 48th homer.

Wainwright fanned seven, including getting the side twice, but he said, "The first inning was really disappointing. I should have come to the park more ready to play than I was. I was sort of out of whack for a few pitches."

First baseman Albert Pujols made a surprise appearance in the starting lineup, but Pujols, limited by a calf injury, did not drive in his 100th run, which would give him seven straight seasons at that level.

"He felt like he could play at 60 or 70 percent," said manager Tony La Russa, who met with Pujols before the game. "That was good enough for me. He knows how to play under control."

BREWERS 13, CARDINALS 5: The Cardinals gave up 10 or more runs for the 21st time this season, one game off what is believed to be the modern franchise record. Adam Wainwright had allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts but he was tagged for nine runs, four of them earned, in five innings. Gary Bennett, who hadn't started since early in the month because of back problems, hit a two-run homer.


--LHP Mark Mulder had surgery in St. Louis to repair his rotator cuff, which wasn't fully fixed in surgery a year ago. According to Dr. George Paletta, the Cardinals' medical supervisor, Mulder should be ready to throw off a mound before spring training. But there really is no set date when he will be able to join next year's rotation.

--C Yadier Molina was scheduled to have surgery a week from Monday but, because of some swelling in his right knee, had damaged cartilage removed Monday. He should easily be ready for spring training.

--CF Jim Edmonds, who was thought to be out (defensively) for the season with a groin strain, may be able to play in the field before the end of the week.

--OF Skip Schumaker had his hitting streak snapped at eight games when he popped up in his only plate appearance.

--The Cardinals had won six straight games against Milwaukee before Monday's loss.

BY THE NUMBERS: 27 -- Number of games out of 58 in which closer Jason Isringhausen pitched in a non-save situation.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "What is 100 RBI going to do for me if he we still lose 80 games and we're not going to be in the playoffs?" -- 1B Albert Pujols, on missing some time late in the season because of a strained left calf.

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