The Cardinals were looking forward to a schedule respite with an off day Monday after being the only National League team to open with 13 consecutive games.
They got more than that with an unscheduled off day coming Sunday night. The Cardinals were rained out in Chicago to close out what would have been a seven-game trip. The game will be played as part of a day-night doubleheader on July 12, the day before the All-Star break.
A beleaguered Cardinals bullpen can use the rest, especially after the last five starters lasted a total of 23 innings, or less than five a game. The club was prepared to bring up another pitcher to help Sunday night, but with two off days in a row now, that won't be necessary.
The rotation will be adjusted a bit now. Todd Wellemeyer, who was to have pitched Sunday, will open a three-game series at home against the Mets on Tuesday. He will be followed by Joel Pineiro and Kyle Lohse, with Adam Wainwright to start a three-game series against Chicago at Busch Stadium on Friday.
Saturday's pitcher is likely to be one of two rookies, P.J. Walters, who lasted just four innings as a starter in Chicago on Friday, or Mitchell Boggs, who worked two innings of relief in that game.
Either might be the short- or long-term replacement for injured Chris Carpenter, who is out a month or two with a torn left oblique muscle.
General manager John Mozeliak is hopeful of filling the rotation from within the organization.
CARDINALS AT CUBS, PPD.: Sunday's game was postponed due to rain. It will be played as part of a day-night doubleheader on July 12.