Monday tidbits: Rasmus, Wellemeyer, Glaus, trade talk
Time to flesh some of this stuff out a little bit more…
* Colby Rasmus is dealing with what the club is calling a bruise on his left heel. He has undergone a second injection in the area to help ease the pain. According to Tony La Russa, he should be available to start on Tuesday, and could play off the bench on Monday night. In his place, Rick Ankiel once again started in center field.
“He’s capable of playing tonight,” La Russa said on Monday afternoon.
* They’ve yet to name a Friday starter, and there’s no guarantee it will be Wellemeyer. In fact, there’s a decent chance that it won’t be. The question is, if not Wellemeyer, then who? And that’s a little harder to figure. Brad Thompson, Blake Hawksworth and Mitchell Boggs would all have to be considered among the candidates.
Beyond that, though, the Cardinals will cut back drastically on the starts for whoever is the No. 5 guy starting next week. They might not need a fifth starter more than twice in August.
“We’ve mapped out August, and because of the off days, that one spot will be disrupted and we’ll try to keep four guys as regular as possible,” La Russa said. “Todd could have pitched a no-hitter yesterday and that would still be true.”
* Troy Glaus is playing again at Double-A Springfield after missing some time due to back soreness. The Cards are quite clearly looking to trade him someplace where there’s a fit for him — that is, a team that needs a first baseman or DH.
“Right now I think it’s going to be something where we look to try to find a place where he’ll get more at-bats and more opportunity,” John Mozeliak said. “Right now, given our club, that would be very hard to do.”
* To follow up more on the earlier tidbit regarding trade possibilities, Mozeliak made it very clear that the only kind of trade they’ll make between now and Friday is one in which they take on no new salary and give up no prospects.
“This is our team,” Mozeliak said. “There are some areas that could get better, but we plan on trying to address those internally. There’s always a chance [for acquiring someone in trade]. But honestly I think when we look right now at our rotation, if we’ve got to try to improve it, we’ve got to do it from within.”
Separate blog entry on Wagner Mateo coming a little later.
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