Cardinals Major League Notebook: 08/07/10

Adam Wainwright tossed a complete game shutout at the Marlins in Miami on Friday night.



Right-hander Adam Wainwright, just 4-6 (although with a 3.38 earned run average) on the road) compared to 11-0 at home, brought his Busch Stadium game with him Friday night. So did his teammates.

Wainwright held Florida to an infield hit and a bloop to center, and red-hot Albert Pujols knocked in four runs, three of them on a rocket-like, 460-foot home run. The Cardinals looked nothing like a club that had only a 22-30 road record entering the game.

Manager Tony La Russa called Wainwright "masterful, artistic" and called the effort "an unofficial no-hitter. When (Wainwright) has that many weapons to work with, every time a hitter came up he saw something different."

Pujols, who also had a double and a single for his second three-hit game in succession, has homered in five of his last six games. And now, surely he has quelled most of the doubters since he is tied for the National League lead in home runs at 28 and is leading in runs batted in at 82.

"Same swing I've been taking all year long," said Pujols.

The Cardinals had six doubles, tying their season high. And rookie outfielder Jon Jay, who had left home 1-for-13, came to his real home. A former high school and college star (University of Miami), Jay had three hits as he played in front of more than 100 family and friends after dining on his favorite meal cooked by his grandmother -- steak and rice with plantain chips.

The Cardinals' road record "doesn't make any sense," said Wainwright. "This year is a very fluke year as far as that goes.

"This team can win anywhere. Anytime. Against anybody. We know that."

CARDINALS 7, MARLINS 0: Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan said after the second inning, he thought RHP Adam Wainwright might throw a no-hitter Friday. He gave up just two scratch hits as he pitched the Cardinals' 12th shutout of the season. 1B Albert Pujols, who briefly dipped below .300 last week, is up to .309 after his second three-hit game in a row and he's homered in five of his last six games.


3B David Freese underwent reconstructive surgery on his right ankle in Vail, Colo., at the Steadman Clinic. The recovery time is estimated at a minimum of six months, which forces the Cardinals not only to look for third-base help this season but beyond. Freese tore some tendons in his ankle while running the bases in his first rehabilitation game at Class AA Springfield on Monday night. He had been on the disabled list since June 27 with a bone bruise on his right ankle. Freese missed much of last season after left ankle surgery, a residue of a January auto accident.

RHP Kyle Lohse, who gave up 12 hits and five runs in five innings of a rehab start Thursday at Springfield, will need "at least" one more minor league outing, said manager Tony La Russa. "He just needs more work," said La Russa of Lohse, who had forearm surgery in early June. "It won't be in the majors until he's ready." Lohse had been penciled in to start next Friday at home against the Chicago Cubs.

RHP Brad Penny, who was hurt on May 21, "is starting to throw discomfort free," said manager Tony La Russa. Penny, who has had upper back and shoulder maladies, has not thrown off the mound for a while although La Russa said, "I think he's getting close to it. I think he'll pitch again this year."

2B Skip Schumaker, who has battled a right wrist irritation for several weeks, was scratched from the lineup a couple of hours before Friday's game, with Aaron Miles, who had two doubles, replacing him. Schumaker received a cortisone shot after Wednesday's game at home, which he did not play. Manager Tony La Russa said head athletic trainer Barry Weinberg had told him that sometimes after a shot, there is some on-point soreness for the player. "Hopefully, (Schumaker) will be all right (Saturday)," said La Russa.

When RHP Jake Westbrook makes his second start for the club Saturday night in Florida, it will be his first appearance at Sun Life Stadium. Westbrook, a sinkerballer, struck out an uncommonly high seven hitters in six innings in his first Cardinals start against Houston on Monday while inducing 10 ground ball outs. Only one was a fly ball out.

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:

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 had season-ending surgery on Aug. 6.

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 minor league rehab assignment July 26.

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. As of Aug. 5, he was playing catch but not throwing off a mound. Penny is out indefinitely.

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