Cardinals Major League Notebook: 07/27/09

Todd Wellemeyer had another rough outing on Sunday as the Cards lost the Philly series and the 2-5 road trip cost them their NL Central lead.



Right-hander Todd Wellemeyer, fighting to hang onto the fifth spot in the Cardinals' rotaton, didn't engender much confidence Sunday when he served up three homers and allowed seven runs, five of them earned, in 5 2/3 innings.


The good news was that he walked only one. The bad news was that he gave up 11 hits. Wellemeyer retired the first hitter in each of the first five innings but then didn't retire the second hitter in any of those innings.


Then, in the sixth, the first hitter reached on an error before he retired the second hitter. But, ultimately, he was gone in that inning, shortly after giving up Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins' second homer in two games.


"He makes some pitches to show his potential, but way too many mistakes," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "The line score is the way he pitched. He made mistakes. They're an outstanding hitting club."


Because there really is nobody else, as pitching coach Dave Duncan has suggested, Wellemeyer (7-9) is likely to make one more start, on Friday at home against Houston, before he is lifted from the rotation when the Cardinals have two off days the next week.


Third baseman Mark DeRosa, who went hitless in his first 15 at-bats, all at home, after being acquired from Cleveland, was more relaxed on the road during a seven-game trip. He hit four homers in the seven games, including one Sunday.


That trip concluded at 2-5 and the Cardinals fell out of first place in the National League Central Division despite new infielder Julio Lugo getting eight hits and new left fielder Matt Holliday seven in the three games at Philadelphia.


Phillies 9, Cardinals 2:   Left-handed batters entered the game hitting .340 with 11 home runs against Cardinals RHP Todd Wellemeyer and Wellemeyer did little to disprove that. He served up three runs to left-handed batters, who were nine for 21 (.429) against him on Sunday.




• RHP Jess Todd, who had 24 saves and a 2.20 earned run average at Class AAA Memphis, was the player named to complete the trade for INF Mark DeRosa. Earlier, the Cardinals had sent another potential closer, RHP Chris Perez, to the Indians. Cleveland chose Todd from a group of several Cardinals' minor leaguers.


• Rehabilitation options continue for 3B Troy Glaus (right shoulder surgery) and INF Khalil Greene (anxiety) at Class AA Springfield and Class AAA Memphis, respectively. Greene's expires on Friday, however.


By The Numbers:   35 1/3—number of innings RHP Joel Pineiro went without issuing a walk.


Quote To Note:   "We liked our team. But now we like it better."—GM John Mozeliak, after making a trade to obtain LF Matt Holliday from Oakland.




• CF Colby Rasmus, who missed all three starts in Philadelphia—he was hitless as a pinch hitter in each game—will have his bruised left heel looked at before Monday night's game with Los Angeles at home.


• INF Julio Lugo had eight hits and LF Matt Holliday seven in their first three games after being acquired by the Cardinals. Lugo hit for the cycle in that span and had two triples, two doubles and a home run while Holliday had four doubles.


• RHP Blake Hawksworth, who was to start in the minors on Sunday, was recalled from Class AAA Memphis and RHP Josh Kinney, who gave up six runs in 2/3 inning on Saturday in Philadelphia, was optioned to Memphis. Hawksworth finished Sunday's game, giving up a two-run homer to Phillies LF Raul Ibanez while pitching two innings.

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