Cardinals Major League Notebook: 08/06/10

The Cardinals badly need a win in Florida on Friday with the number four and five starters going afterward.



The Cardinals, no doubt eyeing a three-game showdown with Central Division rival Cincinnati next Monday through Wednesday in Ohio, can't afford to look ahead too much. They have a three-game set at Florida this weekend, beginning Friday, and they'll have to face Ricky Nolasco in the opener, then Marlins ace Josh Johnson on Saturday.

For the Cincinnati series, manager Tony La Russa will give young left-hander Jaime Garcia an extra two days of rest -- Garcia has been a bit inconsistent lately after a rousing first half in his first season as a big-league starter. Garcia, who was tagged for 10 hits and eight runs (four earned) in his last start, will work Tuesday, following 12-game winner Chris Carpenter and preceding 15-game winner Adam Wainwright.

The Marlins will see just one of the Cardinals' top three starters. After Wainwright pitches Friday, newcomer Jake Westbrook will start Saturday, and veteran Jeff Suppan, coming off his best start of the season, will pitch Sunday.

Cincinnati and the Cardinals will have three more games remaining in St. Louis, Sept. 3-5.

For much of August, the Cardinals will have to use only four starters. Not only were they off Thursday, they will be off next Thursday and then the Monday and Thursday after that.


RHP Kyle Lohse was hit hard Thursday night in what was expected to be his last rehab start for Class AA Springfield. He allowed five runs on 12 hits in five innings. Lohse, who is recovering from forearm surgery performed in early June, was tentatively targeted to pitch for the Cardinals against the Cubs in the Aug. 13-15 series at Busch Stadium.

INF Tyler Greene, on the disabled list with a bone bruise on his right hand, accompanied the team to Florida. He will stay behind at the club's spring training facility and play on a rehab assignment with one of two minor league teams the Cardinals have in Jupiter, Fla.

RHP Brad Penny, out since late May with upper back and shoulder ailments, still is playing extended games of catch but hasn't thrown off a mound for a while.

1B Albert Pujols has had six multi-hit games in his last eight to move his average back over .300. "Obviously, you expect yourself to do better than I have been doing," Pujols said.

RHPs Mitchell Boggs and Mike MacDougal, held out of Wednesday's action because of a heavy workload lately, will be ready to pitch Friday, manager Tony La Russa said. Even with off days coming up, the Cardinals still have 13 pitchers because of their bullpen uncertainty.

By the Numbers:

24 - A number that won't be worn again by a Cardinal. It was retired Saturday in honor of Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog.

Quote to Note:

"The fact is, if we didn't change the current dynamics of this club right now, I couldn't envision us winning."

- GM John Mozeliak, on moving RF Ryan Ludwick in a three-team deal which brought RHP Jake Westbrook to St. Louis.




Medical Watch:

INF Felipe Lopez (swollen knee) did not play Aug. 3. He returned to action Aug. 4.

RHP Jason Motte (AC sprain in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 3. He hopes to return as soon as he's eligible.

SS Tyler Greene (bruised right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 1. Greene was struck by a pitch July 17, and the injury was still bothering him.

RHP Adam Ottavino (right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 4. He won't need surgery, but he is probably out for the year.

3B David Freese (bone bruise on right ankle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 28. He also broke his left big toe in mid-July. He tore a right ankle tendon Aug. 2 in his first rehab game with Class AA Springfield, and he will undergo season-ending surgery.

RHP Kyle Lohse (right forearm strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 23, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 5. He had surgery May 28 to alleviate muscle discomfort. Lohse began a rehab assignment on July 26, and he could return to the Cardinals during the Aug. 13-15 series against the Cubs.

RHP Brad Penny (strained upper back) went on the 15-day disabled list May 22. He threw bullpen sessions June 28 and July 1 but had to cut short a bullpen session July 6 because of tightness in his triceps area. He underwent an MRI on July 7, which found nothing that hadn't been diagnosed before. He is out indefinitely.

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