Monday tidbits: Ank a bit sore — ROTATION CORRECTED
I stepped off the plane this morning in Milwaukee, a city I’m really fond of, and was surprised by the weather. It’s brisk today, was in the low 50s this morning and we probably won’t see 70 at any point in this series. Still, pleasant, and the roof is open at Miller Park.
With some outstanding Alterra coffee in my tummy, here are the tidbits:
* Rick Ankiel is a bit sore in his right shoulder and got the day off. The No. 5 spot in the order was left open until Ankiel arrived and they could evaluate him. When he got in, they elected to give him a recovery day. He’s expected to be back in the lineup tomorrow.
“That’s one reason I wanted to play him yesterday,” TLR said. “You’ve got to get through that — play and get sore. He’s got a little sore spot so I’m not going to push him. Hopefully he’ll be back in there tomorrow.”
* Former Cardinal John Mabry, a very popular man among both fans and teammates, is with the club on this road trip. He’s serving as a batting practice pitcher and instructor, getting a look at what life as a coach is like.
“He’s trying to explore things about getting back in the game,” said John Mozeliak. “Tony and I and some of the coaches will talk to him a little bit about it. … It worked out. We had a need. So the timing was mutually beneficial.”
* Ryan Ludwick continues to progress well. He said he’s feeling very good, and he put on quite a show in batting practice. According to everyone I’ve talked to, he’s on schedule to be activated for Friday in San Francisco, and TLR said he will not go on a rehab.
* Khalil Greene is expected to be back in the starting lineup for tomorrow’s game. TLR likes the way he’s coming along, and feels that he work he’s doing with Pujols has been very beneficial.
* TLR on Tyler Greene: “He could be a utility man in the big leagues right now. But we want him to be an everyday player and he needs at-bats.”
* The Cardinals will simply roll over their rotation after Thursday’s off day, giving everyone an extra day of rest. So it will be
Todd Wellemeyer on Friday in San Francisco, Kyle Lohse on Friday in San Francisco, Joel Pineiro on Saturday and Carpenter on Sunday.
* The Cardinals and Brewers are both wearing commemorative red caps in honor of Memorial Day. The caps have an American-flag pattern covering the team logo, much like last year’s navy blue caps.
* Catcher-turned-pitcher Casey Mulligan has been promoted. After embarrassing the Midwest League (20 IP, 36 K, 5 BB, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 HR), he’s now going to be pitching for high Class A Palm Beach.
And, finally, no playlist today. Instead, I want to take a moment to join the chorus thanking and recognizing everyone who has served our country in the armed forces, and especially those who gave their lives.
As Mabry said this morning, “Happy Memorial Day… no, humble Memorial Day.”