Cardinals Major League Notebook: 09/11/09

Third baseman Mark DeRosa ponders re-signing with the Cardinals and his impending wrist surgery.



   The Cardinals have approached third baseman Mark DeRosa, acquired from Cleveland in late June, about re-signing for next year and beyond. And DeRosa said, "I'm definitely interested in listening to what they have to say."


   "But at the same time, I don't want to divert any focus from what's going on here. Now, if something could get done quick, that would be peace of mind for me and my family, obviously. ... Great place to play, great fans, great team, great pitching."


   DeRosa, bothered for a couple of months by a torn tendon sheath near his left wrist and occasionally by back discomfort, has hit only .246 for the Cardinals with 41 hits and 41 strikeouts. However, he has hit eight homers. To address the wrist ailment, he plans offseason surgery.


   "It's to the point where something is going to have to be done if, for nothing else, my peace of mind," DeRosa said. "I don't want to go forward with this hanging over my head."


   DeRosa said the injury bothers him only on offense but he said he could feel the tendon move during a swing.


   "I'm able to grind it out on defense," he said. "I still feel like I've got one more hot streak in me offensively."




   --After playing six consecutive series against teams with under-.500 records, the Cardinals will be faced with three above-.500 teams on their next-to-last homestand. Atlanta, Florida and Chicago, all alive (sort of) in the wild-card race, will each play three games at Busch Stadium.


   --RHP Ryan Franklin, given all three days off in Milwaukee, also should return this weekend to his closer's role, in which he has saved 37 games in 40 attempts. Franklin has surrendered only two homers in 54 innings.


   --The Cardinals haven't played favorites regarding opposing pitchers. They have a 58-38 (.604) mark in games started by right-handed pitchers and 26-19 (.578) in games started by left-handers.


   BY THE NUMBERS: 32-5 -- The Cardinals' record since July 1 in games started by RHPs Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Joel Pineiro.


   QUOTE TO NOTE: "It might be his last one for the '09 season." -- Manager Tony La Russa, on giving LF Matt Holliday his first day off after Holliday had played in 38 straight games since being acquired from Oakland.




   --RHP Kyle Lohse, after healing from left groin strain, will be starting Saturday for the first time since he got hurt Aug. 21. Lohse and veteran RHP John Smoltz, who has struck out 28 and walked one in four starts since joining the team from Boston, are vying to remain in the rotation come playoff time.


   --LF Matt Holliday, who bruised his left knee when his cleat appeared to catch after he crossed first base Wednesday in Milwaukee, likely will be able to play Friday. Holliday has appeared in all 43 games, starting 42, he has spent with the team, and the Cardinals are 32-11 in those games.


   --RHP Adam Wainwright has passed the 200-inning mark for the second time in his three years as a starter. A finger injury prevented Wainwright, an 18-game winner this year, from reaching that plateau last year.




   LF Matt Holliday (bruised left knee) left the Sept. 9 game. He is expected to play Sept. 11.


   CF Colby Rasmus (sore left heel) did not play Sept. 7. He appeared as a pinch hitter Sept. 8, and he returned to the starting lineup Sept. 9.

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