Saturday tidbits: Ryan, rotation, Hoffpauir, DeRosa
I can’t say there’s a lot of optimism regarding the start of this game. The tarp is out, and the forecast calls for rain throughout the afternoon. Here’s hoping.
* Brendan Ryan was a late scratch from this afternoon’s game due to what the club called “gastrointestinal distress.” Tyler Greene took his place at shortstop and in the No. 9 spot in the batting order.
* For next week’s series at Milwaukee, the Cardinals plan to start Adam Wainwright on Tuesday, Todd Wellemeyer on Wednesday and Joel Pineiro on Thursday. The weekend rotation is not entirely determined (or perhaps just not entirely announced) yet, but it’s a pretty safe bet that Wainwright and Kyle Lohse will get the two Sunday games. The only question would seem to be when to slot in Carpenter and Thompson for the first two games of that series.
* Jarrett Hoffpauir may get his first big league start tomorrow against Bronson Arroyo. Skip Schumaker is 3-for-18 against Arroyo, so TLR said it might be a good day to get Hoffpauir in there.
* No real change in Mark DeRosa’s status, though TLR said he’s making steady progress. DeRosa is unvailable to hit but could run or play defense.
Today’s playlist is culled 100 percent from the excellent music they played here this morning/afternoon at Great American Ball Park:
Modest Mouse, “Dashboard”
Stevie Wonder, “Uptight”
Sugar, “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”
Temptations, “Get Ready”
Cake, “Love You Madly”