"The best case would be two days and he could play Friday," La Russa said. "That calf is involved in everything that he does."
Pujols had a similar injury that dogged him last year, but he said, "It's not as bad as it was last year."
Ankiel has seen spot duty lately after tearing skin on his left hand and right knee as he made a spectacular catch Sunday in St. Louis. When he awoke Wednesday morning, his knee had swelled, and it was discovered that Ankiel had an infection. He was given medication and sent back to the team hotel.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--RHP Todd Wellemeyer, the scheduled starter for Wednesday, and RHP Mike Parisi, the scheduled starter for Thursday, will work Thursday's doubleheader. Wellemeyer's next start won't be affected by the rainout because he would have had an extra day off due an off day Monday.
--3B Troy Glaus was in the lineup as a first baseman Wednesday night and is likely to play at least one game there Thursday as Washington uses two left-handed pitchers. Rookie Joe Mather was to be in center field Wednesday, and he probably will play there Thursday, too.
--The Cardinals are only 12-12 in games started by opposing left-handers, while they are 23-13 in games started by right-handers.
--The day-night doubleheader will be the last time the Cardinals and Nationals will play each other this season.
--RHP Russ Springer, who missed time with an elbow problem, hasn't been scored on in his last 12 outings. However, he hasn't been used much lately in crunch-time spots, with impressive rookie RHP Kyle McClellan getting most of what used to be Springer's assignments.