Plenty of stuff going on at the yard today. Here’s a nutshell, and we’ll have plenty of in-depth coverage of all of it as the day goes on.
* Pujols is going on the DL. He came in feeling sore again today, eliminating that very, very small hope that the doctor had held out, so we’re talking weeks, not days. Chris Duncan was called up to take his roster spot.
* Apparently they feel more comfortable with Duncan as a first baseman than with John Gall, and of course Schumaker isn’t a first baseman at all.
* Edmonds is back in the lineup for the first time in more than a week, playing first base. Everyone says he’s getting better, and the explanation that was given to me is that playing first base won’t put the same kind of strain on his injury that playing the outfield would.
* Elsewhere, the lineup is pretty interesting too. Taguchi’s in center field and batting second. Rolen is hitting third with Edmonds cleanup. Timo Perez is getting his first start, playing left field and batting sixth. Gary Bennett is catching Marquis again, and Luna is at second base, batting eighth.
And one other very important thing — a big happy birthday to my dad! I love you and I wish I were there today.