Monday tidbits: Glaus update, and lots more
Greetings on a warm night at Busch Stadium. Summer arrived in St. Louis today.
* John Mozeliak just briefed reporters on Troy Glaus’ condition. The club had a conference call today that included Mozeliak, the athletic training staff and Keith Kocher, the physical therapist with whom Glaus is working out in Arizona.
Glaus has been cleared to begin a throwing program, with other baseball activities to follow. Mozeliak referred to the call as “encouraging,” but also said he doesn’t really have any more optimism regarding Glaus than he did last week. The rough timetable for Glaus, as of now, is a return to Major League action sometime between mid-July and the beginning of August, but that’s very rough.
Perhaps the most important thing to come out of the GM’s chat with the scribes, though, was that the news doesn’t really affect the club’s plans regarding the offense. They’d like to add someone who can play third base — ideally someone who can also play elsewhere if and when Glaus comes back, but nonetheless someone who can play third base in the short term. They’re not planning to put all their eggs in a “When Glaus Returns” basket.
* As noted in an earlier post this afternoon, the rotation is set for the coming days. Pineiro has been scratched from Friday’s start due to back spasms, with Brad Thompson taking that game. Kyle Lohse, who has been out due to soreness in his right forearm, will be back in the rotation Wednesday, followed by Carpenter, Wainwright and Wellemeyer. On Sunday, they hope Pineiro can take his next turn.
* Ryan Ludwick got the night off tonight, which naturally is going to send lots of people to wailing and gnashing teeth. It’s a scheduled night off after three straight games for a guy who has been on the disabled list. I’m OK with it; I’m sure some of you are not.
* Jason LaRue once again catches Todd Wellemeyer, despite TLR’s repeatedly stated disdain for the concept of the personal catcher.
Here’s La Russa’s comment: “The personal catcher, that’s not going to happen. But he’s had a couple of good games [with LaRue] and you want to give him every edge. So there’s no reason, when everything lines up, to push Yadi.”
* Colby Rasmus is in center with Ankiel in right. I asked whether that was an indication that the manager’s assessment of the two players’ relative merits in center field had changed. He reacted strongly in the negative.
“The days that Rasmus doesn’t play, he’ll play center,” La Russa said. “Why would it change how I view? Rick’s not a good center fielder anymore?
“It gives him one less thing to worry about, one side less to worry about. It’s a good way to bring him back. But if Colby’s not playing, he plays center. And in the future, he could play center and Colby go back to the side.”
* The batting also came up, and specifically Chris Duncan’s place in it. A writer asked about the difference in Chris Duncan’s production in the 4 spot, versus elsewhere. The manager’s response:
“There’s not a big difference, I don’t care what the stats say, where Chris hits. He’s a big guy, he’s strong, they don’t throw the ball down the middle to him. They’re probably a little more likely to challenge him if he’s hitting second.”
No playlist, because I’m just too buried with stuff to take the time to put one together. It’ll be back tomorrow.