Cardinals Major League Notebook: 08/22/09

The Cardinals lost the game and a starting pitcher Friday as Kyle Lohse may be returning to the disabled list. His injury again occurred when not on the mound, this time running to first base.



The Cardinals' 4-0 loss Friday to the San Diego Padres was the first time they had lost to San Diego in five games this year, but they deserved it, manager Tony La Russa said. "We just got outplayed," said La Russa.


What pitcher Kyle Lohse probably didn't deserve was another injury. After experiencing two forearm flexor problems in addition to leg and back maladies this season, Lohse strained a strained groin while running hard to first after a fifth-inning base hit.


La Russa estimated that Lohse not only would miss a turn but might have to go on the disabled list for the second time in his career—and the second time this season. "It would be shocking if it's not disabling," La Russa said.


John Smoltz may be in the rotation longer than anybody thinks and injured righty Todd Wellemeyer might make a return to it when he comes off the disabled list in another week to 10 days. Mitch Boggs, who was optioned to Class AAA Memphis when Smoltz was signed, also may be brought back.


"I've never done anything like this (hurt his groin) before," said Lohse. "I've never felt this before. It's been one thing after another. (The season) has been trying, frustrating."


Lohse already was down 3-0 as a result of serving up a three-run homer in the second inning to catcher Nick Hundley. Lohse, however, thought the ball "was coming out of my hand" as well as it had all season and he seemed to be throwing harder and with more movement than he had when his forearm was weak.


The Cardinals have won three of five games on this seven-trip despite scoring 14 runs and hitting .178. "I've been jumping at (the ball) lately," said first baseman Albert Pujols, who was nothing for 12 before getting a third-inning single. "I don't know about anybody else."


Padres 4, Cardinals 0:   LHP Clayton Richard and three San Diego relievers handed the Cardinals their eighth shutout loss of the season. The Cardinals had been 9-1 against left-handed starters since acquiring LF Matt Holliday on July 24 but they mustered only five singles Friday and none in the last four innings.




• One of the few Cardinals' threats came to a screeching halt in the fourth. SS Brendan Ryan and 1B Albert Pujols both singled and they were told to run on a 3-2 pitch to LF Matt Holliday. But Ryan started and then stopped. While Pujols was sliding into second, Ryan was retreating there and Pujols was ruled out when both were tagged on the bag. Manager Tony La Russa said, "It was a ‘must run,' (Ryan) has got to go."' Said Ryan, who was glared at by Pujols afterward, "It's on me."


• 1B Albert Pujols, 2B Julio Lugo and RF Ryan Ludwick couldn't track down San Diego C Nick Hundley's foul fly with two on and one out in the second inning. It proved costly as Hundley hit a three-run homer a couple of pitches later.


• The Cardinals had won 12 of their previous 13 games against San Diego before Friday. But they couldn't hit as the middle of the lineup—the Nos. 3 through 6 hitters—was three for 14.


• The Cardinals' victory Thursday was No. 9,999 in their history. They will become the fourth major league club to reach the 10,000 plateau. (Editor's note: The Cardinals officially do not recognize this mark. Details at The Cardinal Nation blog.)




• LHP Jaime Garcia, who came back sooner than perhaps expected from "Tommy John" elbow surgery of last September, was removed from the disabled list—he had been on a rehab assignment at Class A Palm Beach—and was optioned to Class AAA Memphis.


• LHP Dennys Reyes and RHPs Blake Hawksworth and Brad Thompson held the Padres to one run over the last four innings.


• RHP John Smoltz threw his first bullpen session for the Cardinals. He will start Sunday in San Diego and again next week against Washington at home. Smoltz said the fact the Cardinals had built such a big lead afforded them the opportunity for him to make a couple of starts. He added, "I know I can compete and get the job done. I've got all the pitches. I just need to repeat them a little bit better than I did in Boston."


Medical Watch: 


RHP Todd Wellemeyer (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 5.


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 because of recurring back pain. He will start a new rehab assignment with Class AAA Memphis on Aug. 15.


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. He was removed from the disabled list on Aug. 21 and optioned to Class AAA Memphis.

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