July 2009

Belated Thursday tidbits: Lohse, Miller, DeRosa

* Kyle Lohse started for Double-A Springfield tonight, lasting 4 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs on three hits (one of them a bunt single), struck out three and walked four. He started out somewhat shaky, allowing a homer and two walks in the first inning, cruised through the second, third and fourth innings and faded somewhat in his final frame. Lohse threw 79 pitches, at the upper end of his 60-80 pitch count, 44 for strikes.

He’ll probably pitch again in the Minors on Tuesday, which would put him on track to pitch one game of the doubleheader on July 12 that ends the first half of the season for the Cardinals.

* John Mozeliak spoke with us scribes today regarding Wagner Mateo and several other topics. One thing that came up was Shelby Miller, and Mozeliak said that it’s likely to be an “11th-hour” situation. He did say two things in particular about Miller in relation to Mateo, also.

One, he reiterated that the dollars given to Mateo should not have any effect on what the team can spend on Miller. Two, he also said that it wasn’t as though the club was devoting all of its time and efforts to Mateo at the expense of negotiating with Miller. It just seems to be a slow process with Miller. And that makes some sense, because typically when players sign for above slot (as Miller is very likely to do, assuming he signs), it tends to happen very late in the signing period. The deadline is Aug. 17.

* The Cards do not expect Mark DeRosa to be available to start until at least Tuesday, after the off day on Monday. However, TLR said that he would be willing to use DeRosa as a pinch-runner or conceivably even a defensive replacement in the interim.

“We’re going to look at him hopefully for Tuesday,” La Russa said. “I think that’s the earliest. If he’s not ready Tuesday, he’s not ready Tuesday. But I don’t think it will be this weekend.”

As for using him as a pinch-runner or defensive player, the manager said, “We’re short. I’ll take him however we can get him.”

Today’s playlist, one final round of Bay Area music:
Timex Social Club, “Rumors”
Digital Underground, “Doowutchyalike”
MC Hammer, “U Can’t Touch This”
Tony! Toni! Ton!, “If I Had No Loot”
En Vogue, “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”


Thursday lineups; tidbits to follow

1. Aaron Rowand CF
2. Randy Winn RF
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Bengie Molina C
5. Fred Lewis LF
6. Juan Uribe SS
7. Travis Ishikawa 1B
8. Matt Downs 2B
9. Barry Zito LHP

1. Brendan Ryan SS
2. Skip Schumaker 2B
3. Albert Pujols 1B
4. Ryan Ludwick RF
5. Yadier Molina C
6. Chris Duncan LF
7. Tyler Greene 3B
8. Todd Wellemeyer RHP
9. Colby Rasmus CF

HP: Todd Tichenor
1B: Mark Carlson
2B: Tim Tschida
3B: Bob Davidson


Wednesday tidbits: DeRosa, Glaus, Lohse, Hoffpauir, Wallace

All sorts of news at the ballpark today, where it’s a gorgeous, mild, breezy night.

* Mark DeRosa has been diagnosed with a strained tendon in his left wrist and is day-to-day. He’s expected to miss a few days but the club did not place him on the disabled list.

* Troy Glaus will begin the Florida phase of his rehab from shoulder surgery tomorrow, and the hope is that he will soon begin playing in Minor League games. He’s likely to head straight to the Florida State League to begin playing games.

* The Cardinals purchased the contract of infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir from Triple-A Memphis and optioned right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortensen to Memphis.

* Kyle Lohse will make a rehab start at Springfield tomorrow, and per John Mozeliak, he’s likely to make one more rehab start after that. Mozeliak said today he does not expect that Lohse’s next appearance would be for the big league club. Thus, it sounds like his first start since going on the DL would be the last day before the All-Star break, as part of that doubleheader in Chicago.

* Someone asked whether Brett Wallace had been considered for the callup today, and TLR clearly did not like that idea.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” he said. “Whoever is saying that… are you guys pulling against him? Whoever is making those comments is pulling against him rather than for him. Just let him play. If anybody cares about this young man being a Cardinal, let him play.”

* A reminder: tomorrow night’s first pitch is at 6:15 p.m. CT, an hour earlier than normal.

* Jess Todd has been named a Pacific Coast League all-star.

Tonight’s playlist, another Bay Area special. Trying for four nights:
Grateful Dead, “Box of Rain”
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Fortunate Son”
Otis Redding, “Dock of the Bay”
Janis Joplin, “Piece of My Heart”
Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”