Cardinals Major League Notebook: 07/29/09

Adam Wainwright tossed eight shutout innings at the club with MLB's best record Tuesday night as the Cardinals spanked the Dodgers 10-0 at Busch Stadium.



Someday Adam Wainwright will get that elusive first career shutout. But manager Tony La Russa changed his mind about sending out the 12-game winner for the ninth inning Tuesday after Wainwright had thrown 115 pitches on a rainy night.


Wainwright allowed eight hits in eight innings and benefited from a second consecutive night of spectacular defensive play by the Cardinals, especially by shortstop Brendan Ryan and second baseman Skip Schumaker. This marked the 20th straight start for Wainwright in which he had pitched six or more innings.


Mark DeRosa, who hit his sixth homer in the last eight games, was with the Atlanta Braves when they signed Wainwright in 2000. "I remember this flippy-haired kid coming in at 17 years old," DeRosa said. "What he has become is awesome."


The Cardinals, striking late the last two nights, have outscored the Dodgers, the top team in the league, by a 16-1 count.


DeRosa, who came from Cleveland a month ago after starring with the Chicago Cubs for the two previous seasons, said, "I was always a big fan of the way this team played baseball. It's been more than I expected."


Los Angeles manager Joe Torre is convinced. "They keep coming at you," Torre said. "They don't beat themselves. You have to beat them."


CARDINALS 10, DODGERS 0: The Cardinals moved back into first place in the National League Central behind eight scoreless innings from RHP Adam Wainwright, who deflected credit. "My team played awesome ball behind me," he said. "They scored runs and played great defense." The game was scoreless before the Cardinals exploded for six runs in the sixth inning. They had scored four in the seventh the night before to stretch out a 2-1 lead.




--Manager Tony La Russa made it official. Struggling RHP Todd Wellemeyer will miss his next scheduled start Friday, and RHP Mitchell Boggs will be brought back from Class AAA Memphis to make that start. Boggs was 1-0 with a 3.22 ERA in five games (four starts) with the Cardinals earlier this season.


Boggs, who won't be added to the roster until the night when he will face the Astros, is 6-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 13 starts for Memphis.


Wellemeyer, 7-9 with a 5.79 ERA and 195 baserunners allowed in 110 1/3 innings, is going to the bullpen without argument. "I think it makes sense," he said. "Something's got to change."


--RF Ryan Ludwick, still hot after being moved from fourth to fifth in the lineup, took advantage of consecutive walks to 1B Albert Pujols and LF Matt Holliday by singling with the bases loaded in the sixth inning Tuesday to snap a scoreless deadlock. Ludwick, who had a poor May and June, now has 65 RBIs and is on pace for his second consecutive 100-RBI season.




--3B Troy Glaus has been pulled from his injury rehabilitation after leaving Monday night's game with Class AA Springfield due to recurring back pain. The move could alter the Cardinals' intent to trade Glaus, who asked the team to seek other alternatives for him after the Cardinals acquired LF Matt Holliday last week. Glaus was rehabbing from a January surgery performed on the muscles supporting his right shoulder.


--INF Khalil Greene, sent to Class AAA Memphis on another rehabilitation option as he continues to cope with anxiety issues, had four hits Monday and two homers Tuesday as he hiked his average at Memphis to .365. He's hit four homers and driven in 10 runs and his rehab option. When his rehab time expires in early August, the Cardinals will have to decide whether to restore him to the roster. "Mo (general manager John Mozeliak) and I are going to talk about it," manager Tony La Russa said.


--1B Albert Pujols, who hit his 33rd and 34th homers on July 17, the Cardinals' first game after the All-Star break, hasn't had an extra-base hit in 39 at-bats since then.




OF Rick Ankiel (slight groin strain) did not play July 28.


CF Colby Rasmus (bruised left heel) was limited to pinch-hitting duties from July 24-26 and didn't play July 27. He returned to the lineup July 28.


SS Khalil Greene (social anxiety disorder) went on the 15-day disabled list June 29. He began a minor league rehab assignment July 17.


3B Troy Glaus (right shoulder surgery in January 2009) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He began a minor league rehab assignment July 11. He was shut down in late July due to recurring back pain.


LHP Jaime Garcia (Tommy John elbow surgery in September 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League on July 23.

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