The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/05

Wednesday's rainout in Washington forced a day-night doubleheader Thursday for the Cardinals and the Nationals -- but the Cardinals are likely to be without first baseman Albert Pujols for at least one game and probably both and center fielder Rick Ankiel for both games.

Pujols suffered a strained left calf early in Tuesday's rain-soaked Cardinals win over Washington and came out of the game in the fourth inning. Manager Tony La Russa suggested before Wednesday's game was scrubbed that Pujols likely wouldn't play until the team gets to Houston this weekend.

"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.


--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.

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