Wednesday’s lineup vs Pirates LHP Zach Duke:
1. Barden 3B
2. Thurston 2B
3. Pujols 1B
4. Ludwick RF
5. Molina C
6. Duncan LF
7. K.Greene SS
8. Boggs P
9. Rasmus CF
* Rick Ankiel is back with the team, looking and sounding pretty good. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by his appearance/affect/etc when we spoke with him this afternoon. Still listed as day-to-day, for what that’s worth.
* Kyle Lohse feels some soreness in his left elbow but does not expect it will affect his schedule in any way. He’s on track to make his scheduled start against the Reds.
* Khalil Greene is just about ready. I’d guess he may start tomorrow.
* Brendan Ryan is able to participate in pretty much everything, and believes that if he weren’t on the DL, he’d be cleared to play any day now.
No playlist today; this thing is already way too late, and I don’t want to delay it any more. I’ll have one for you tomorrow.
Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel was taken to a hospital on Monday night after he injured himself making a catch at the wall in the eighth inning of St. Louis’ game against the Phillies. Ankiel hit headfirst against the left-center field wall after making a catch on a deep line drive by Phillies third baseman Pedro Feliz.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that Ankiel had movement and feeling in his arms and legs, and that according to the team’s head physician, Dr. George Paletta, Ankiel never lost consciousness on the play. A club official said that Ankiel checked out as “neurologically intact” both on the field and at the hospital. The club expects to issue a statement before midnight CT.
“He was never knocked out,” Mozeliak said. “He never lost consciousness. My understanding was that he had some discomfort in the face area, obviously, from hitting the wall. But for the most part right now, we’re encouraged based on Dr. Paletta’s first, just getting to see him on the field.
Feliz hit a drive to left-center with one out in the eighth. Ankiel chased the ball down and made the catch, but couldn’t stop himself in time to avoid contact with the wall. He was barely able to brace himself, and his head hit the outfield wall at an awkward angle. Ankiel fell to the warning track and the ball came out of his hands.
As he lay still on the track, most of his teammates came out to check on him, as did manager Tony La Russa, head athletic trainer Barry Weinberg and later Paletta. Ankiel was lifted onto a cart and driven off the field. Some movement from Ankiel was visible, including a thumbs-up gesture as he was carted off.
“It’s a scary thing to see, there’s no doubt about it,” Mozeliak said. “But I don’t want to sit here and try to guess what it may or may not be. The fact that when Dr. Paletta saw him, he said he was responsive, I think that’s encouraging.”
Colby Rasmus took Ankiel’s place in center field.
An extended version of today’s tidbits…
* Chris Carpenter sounded very optimistic, even excited, after his throw today. He’s still a ways off, but he’s coming along well. He hopes to throw off a mound perhaps Sunday in Cincinnati or Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
* Brad Thompson is back after getting sorted out in three starts at Memphis. TLR continues to have nothing but good things to say about P.J. Walters. The results weren’t good, but they saw some things they liked.
* Still no word on a makeup game for Sunday’s rainout. However, TLR said he doubted that the game would be played in St. Louis.
* They’re still in no hurry to go back to 12 pitchers, per the mgr.
* Khalil Greene is slowly getting closer, but he’s not there yet. It remains a day-by-day situation, very uncertain.
Radiohead: “My Iron Lung”
U2: “New Year’s Day”
Silversun Pickups: “Panic Switch”
Smashing Pumpkins: “Frail and Bedazzled”
Living Colour: “Wall”
We haven’t talked to TLR yet, but I wanted to get a couple of pieces of news out to y’all:
* Chris Carpenter played catch today, and hopes to throw off a mound sometime this coming weekend or perhaps early next week.
* Brad Thompson has been recalled, and P.J. Walters has been sent out.
Today’s lineup vs RHP Joe Blanton:
1. Schumaker 2B
2. Thurston 3B
3. Pujols 1B
4. Duncan LF
5. Ludwick RF
6. Ankiel CF
7. Molina C
8. T.Greene SS
9. Lohse P