The Cardinals Major League Notebook: 06/08

St. Louis Cardinals starter and defacto staff ace, Adam Wainwright left the game after with a 7-2 lead, after spraining his right middle finger in the sixth inning Saturday night in Houston.

Wainwright had a 2-2 count on Darin Erstad with nobody out when he signaled to the dugout that his finger was hurt. St. Louis manager Tony La Russa and a trainer came out to the mound and La Russa brought in Kyle McClellan to relieve.

Wainwright, 5-3 with a 3.12 ERA coming into the game, gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four to pick up his sixth win on the season

Ryan Ludwick led the Cardinals offense with a three-run homer to lead the St. Louis to an 8-4 win over Houston, Saturday night.

Ludwick, one of the hottest hitters in the major leagues, had a little help from his friends as, Troy Glaus also homered and Skip Schumaker had a single, double and two-run triple for the Cardinals, who beat the Astros for the ninth time in the last 13 meetings.


RHP Todd Wellemeyer (right elbow inflammation) and OF Rick Ankiel (right knee infection) will be re-evaluated on Monday and the two are expected to rejoin the team for the upcoming three-game series in Cincinnati.

Mark Mulder, who's been out all season with a left shoulder injury, threw a bullpen session before Saturday's game. La Russa gave no timetable on his return, but it's highly unlikely that he will be able to return until after the All-Star break. The big question is, why does he continue to travel with the club? Wouldn't his rehab progress more quickly, if he was in Florida, in a semi-extended spring training environment.

RHP Jason Isringhausen (lacerated and infected right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list May 16. He began throwing from a mound over Memorial Day weekend, and he is preparing to start a rehab program this week.

RHP Brad Thompson (right elbow soreness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 23. He played long-toss May 14, and he will begin, what should be a 30-day rehab assignment this week, working out as a starter.

RHP Matt Clement (shoulder surgery in September 2006) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, threw a long bullpen session before Saturday's game, but one has to wonder why he is travelling with the team, as he is weeks away at best, returning to the rotation.

RHP Chris Carpenter (Tommy John surgery in July 2007) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21. He was throwing bullpen sessions in late March, and he expects to be ready by late June or early July.


St. Louis selected third baseman Brett Wallace, a junior at Arizona State University with its first round (13th overall) pick on Thursday. Wallace is currently batting .414 (94-227) with a career-high 21 home runs and 81 RBI for the Sun Devils and was recently named the Pac-10 Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, becoming just the fifth player in conference history to win the award in back-to-back seasons. The Cardinals selected 51 players in the 50-round draft, including 44 on Friday. Among the Cardinals' selections were 27 pitchers, 12 infielders, eight outfielders and four catchers. The Redbirds chose 33 collegiate players, nine high school prospects and nine Junior College players over the course of the two-day draft.


Friday's Major League debut for Mitchell Boggs gave the Cardinals its seventh debut this season joining: Brian Barton, Joe Mather, Kyle McClellan, Mike Parisi, Chris Perez, Rico Washington and Mark Worrell. The eight Cardinals debuts tie for the most in MLB this season with the San Francisco Giants. Boggs became the fifth pitcher to debut for St. Louis, the most in MLB this season. Boggs' appearance marked the most rookie debuts for the team since 2005 (also eight). The team had 13 players make their first Major League mark in 1997.


St. Louis is one of three MLB teams that have a winning record on the road (16-14), the others: LA Angels & Phillies.


Kyle Lohse makes his team-leading 14th start of the season Sunday, his third vs. the Astros this season. Kyle is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his two previous starts vs. Houston, pitching 6.0 innings each time allowing just one run in each game. His career vs. Houston is 3-4 with a 3.20 ERA in seven games


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