The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/23

The St. Louis Cardinals top prospect Colby Rasmus, left Tuesday night's game in the bottom of the first inning with an undisclosed injury. There was some concern that he may had suffered a torn MCL. A MRI is scheduled for today. According to our insider sources, Colby doesn't think the injury is very serious, as such he should be considered day-to-day for now.


Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Portland 6-3

The Redbirds found themselves in a 3-0 hole after starter Clayton Mortensen gave up a three run homer in the first and that would be as close as Memphis would come Tuesday night.

Memphis starter Clayton Mortensen struggled early and was replaced in the seventh inning after surrendering five hits and five earned runs. The loss was the third of the season for Mortensen.

Outfielder Colby Rasmus left the game in the bottom of the first with an undisclosed injury, initially thought to be a possible torn MCL. Before the night was over Colby was thinking it may not be as serious as he first thought. He was able to navigate stairways under his own power. He is scheduled for an MRI today, I would consider him day-to-day for now.


RECORD: 56-47, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Defeated Arkansas 9-8

The Springfield Cardinals rallied late, taking down the Arkansas Travelers by a final score of 8-7 at Hammons Field on Tuesday night. The win for the Redbirds (18-13) keeps them in first place in the North Division and gives them four out of five in the home stand.

Cardinal's starter Tyler Herron left after five innings and 101 pitches, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits. Reliever Marco Gonzalez improved to 5-0 picking up the win, on in relief, working 1.2 scoreless innings.

Shortstop Tyler Greene extended his hitting streak to 14 games and Cody Haerther hit his first home run of the 2008 season.

Third baseman Allen Craig went 3-for-4 with a run scored to push his batting average on the season up to .303. Mark Shorey and Andrew Brown each drove in two runs.


RECORD: 18-13, Tied for 1st


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost Again

Dunedin (Done In), shutout the Cardinals Tuesday as Palm Beach losses their seventh straight loss, including three straight to Done In, by a combined score of 32-8. This is going to leave a mental scar.

Starter Brad Furnish became the latest starting victim, suffering his sixth loss on the season to go with his seven wins, giving up six earned runs on eight hits and three walks in just 4.1 innings pitched.

The Cardinals only managed four hits and didn't take advantage of four walks.


RECORD: 14-16, 4th Place, 3.5 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - DAY OFF

The Bandits are on the road today to take on the Lansing Lugnuts. Chuckie Fick is the scheduled starter.

RECORD: 16-15, 4th Place, 5.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Lost to Oneonta 6-3

Starter Jameson Maj deserved a better fate than his second loss in four starts. Maj pitched five complete innings without giving up an ‘earned' run, scattering four hits and a walk while striking out two.

Reliever Ramon Delgado gave up four runs in just 1.2 innings pitched and the Dogs never did recover.

Catcher Blake Murphy hit his third home run on the season.


RECORD: 18-15, Three-Way Tie for 2nd Place, 4.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Suspended Rain


RECORD: 17-17, Tied for 3rd Place, 3.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - DAY OFF

RECORD: 10-17, Last Place, 7.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Tigers 9-1

My momma always said, "If you can't say anything good, don't say anything."

The Cardinals have dropped six of their last 10 games.


RECORD: 25-29, 5th Place Tie, 12.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Mariners 6-4

Starter Jose Pasen had a very good start in the losing cause. The 18-year-old right-hander pitched four complete innings, giving up just one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Left-hander Pedro Pena was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs in four innings in relief.


RECORD: 14-26, 5th Place, 13.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jose Pasen

The DSL Cardinals' starter struck out eight batters in four innings while giving up a run in a no-decision.



Minor League Player of the Day - Allen Craig

A 3-for-4 night pushed Craig's batting average to .303 as he paces the Cardinals' offense.


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