September 2009

Cards announce callups

The Cardinals just confirmed that they will have four call-ups from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday. Pitcher Josh Kinney and infielders Tyler Greene and David Freese will be recalled from Memphis, while catcher Matt Pagnozzi will have his contract purchased from Memphis.

-M.

Tuesday lineups

Here are today’s lineups as I chase down more information on the Wagner Mateo situation.

Cardinals vs RHP Yorman Bazardo:
1. Schumaker 2B
2. Rasmus CF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Ankiel RF
6. DeRosa 3B
7. Molina C
8. Lugo SS
9. Pineiro P

Astros lineup:
1. Bourn CF
2. Tejada SS
3. Berkman 1B
4. Lee LF
5. Blum 3B
6. Pence RF
7. Keppinger 2B
8. Towles C
9. Bazardo P

-M.

Monday tidbits: Schumaker, Glaus, Cooper, Pineiro

Matthew Leach
MLB.com

Blog: Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
Twitter: @MatthewHLeach

It’s definitely still summer down here in Houston. Warm and muggy today, and the roof is closed at Minute Maid Park.

* Skip Schumaker started in center field against LHP Wandy Rodriguez, with Brendan Ryan and Julio Lugo as the double-play combination. That’s because Rick Ankiel and Colby Rasmus were a combined 0-for-16 against Rodriguez, while Schumaker entered the night with three hits off of him.

* Troy Glaus is not on the trip as he continues to try to return from a strained left oblique.

* TLR had this to say regarding the firing of Cecil Cooper: “Look at the games we’ve played. He’s always had his club ready to play us tough. … There wasn’t anything he did in the games against us that made me think he wasn’t on top of it.”

* Joel Pineiro said that in his last start, he was striding too far in the first inning, and he corrected it, leading to his success in the rest of the game.

No playlist tonight, this thing is already too late getting posted.

-M.

Monday lineups; tidbits to follow

Lineup vs LHP Wandy Rodriguez:
1. Lugo 2B
2. Ryan SS
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Ludwick RF
6. DeRosa 3B
7. LaRue C
8. Schumaker CF
9. Lohse P

Astros lineup:
1. Bourn CF
2. Tejada SS
3. Berkman 1B
4. Lee LF
5. Blum 3B
6. Pence RF
7. Matsui 2B
8. Quintero C
9. Rodriguez P

-M.

Sunday night tidbits: Franklin, McClellan, DeRosa, Glaus

Matthew Leach
MLB.com

Blog: Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
Twitter: @MatthewHLeach

Overcast but pleasant night at Busch Stadium tonight, and it should be a fun ballgame. Your faithful correspondent is wearing a garnet golf shirt tonight, and if you think that’s a coincidence, you don’t know me very well. Very, very nice win for the Seminoles last night.

But you’re here for baseball, so let’s get on with it. Not a very newsy afternoon, but there are a few things to pass on:

* Ryan Franklin is potentially available tonight, but they’d prefer not to use him.

TLR’s comment: “I think probably he should be [out], but he only threw eight or 10 pitches yesterday. I think there’s a chance, depending on how he warms up, that if it was absolutely necessary and perfect [then he could pitch]. Probably, with two days’ work, he should not pitch. But he really had a short outing.”

* Kyle McClellan sounds like he’s a touch less available than Franklin. He pitched two full (and difficult) innings on Friday, and TLR said at the time that he preferred to give McClellan two days after that.

“I just think we have other guys,” the skipper said when asked about McClellan. “Boggs, Motte, Hawksworth, they all need to pitch and it would be great to give McClellan two days. Now, again, winning this game is important. And if everything lines up and McClellan is the guy who should pitch, or Franklin [then they could pitch].”

* Mark DeRosa was bumped up to the No. 2 spot in the batting order. TLR said it was not to get DeRosa going, but rather to split up the left-handed hitters in the order. Still, it’s standard operating procedure for La Russa to move a slumping hitter UP in the lineup, rather than down — especially into the spot in front of Pujols.

* Troy Glaus remains unavailable and the optimism level sounds low. However, the plan is for Glaus to come on the upcoming road trip.

“I haven’t gotten any clearances that he’s available,” TLR said. “Running out of time.”

He added, in response to a later question about Glaus, “He hasn’t been shut down yet.”

And if you’ve seen or read “High Fidelity,” then you know what to make of that “yet.” It sounds like it’s going to be tough for Glaus to get into a game this year.

Today’s playlist is all Pearl Jam in honor of their new album, which was released today.

“State of Love and Trust”
“Rearviewmirror” (possibly the greatest driving song ever, by anyone)
“Present Tense”
“Given to Fly” (my single favorite PJ song)
“Save You”

-M.

@jack visits Busch Stadium

Matthew Leach
MLB.com

Blog: Obviously You’re Not a Golfer
Twitter: @MatthewHLeach

Evidently there are no hard feelings. Perhaps that’s the power of baseball.

St. Louis native and Cardinals fan Jack Dorsey visited Busch Stadium on Friday night as a local-boy-made-good. Dorsey is one of the co-founders of Twitter — and that means that for a while, he was not a favorite person of manager Tony La Russa.

The skipper sued Twitter earlier this year over a fake La Russa page that appeared on the site. However, the matter has since been resolved, and La Russa and Dorsey — who tweets under the name @jack — shared a handshake and brief conversation on the field.

Dorsey, who had several friends and family members in attendance with him, admitted to being nervous both about throwing out a first pitch and meeting La Russa — and wasn’t sure which was the greater concern.

“If [La Russa] comes out of the meeting with a bad feeling,” Dorsey said, it would make him even more nervous about the pitch.

But nothing of the sort happened — and in fact Dorsey did a decent job with his pitch. It sailed a bit wide, but didn’t hit the ground or the backstop.

Soon after meeting La Russa, he tweeted:

“Tony La Russa just told me not to throw it into the dirt. And said he’s going to take me out to dinner in the bay area. Holding him to it.”

La Russa said earlier in the afternoon that he would be pleased to meet Dorsey.

“Recently, well after we settled it, some of their people visited ARF and were really impressed with it,” La Russa said, referring to his Animal Rescue Foundation in the Bay Area. “I don’t think he was one of the ones who made the visit, but yeah, I’m looking forward to meeting him.”

It was a busy day for Dorsey, who spoke at Webster University and gave numerous interviews before coming to the ballpark.

Friday evening tidbits: Lohse, Mateo, Ryan, Glaus, Freese, more

Matthew Leach
MLB.com

Blog: Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
Twitter: @MatthewHLeach

It’s a very busy night for tidbits, so fortunately I have some new music as I write. The new Pearl Jam album is streaming online now, and you can go check it out yourself. On top of that, I picked up the new Living Colour album this afternoon.

Anyway, on with, you know, the baseball…

* Kyle Lohse threw a bullpen session today and is expected to pitch sometime in the Houston series. It would almost certainly be Monday or Tuesday. If they wait until Wednesday, someone else would need to be slotted in to take the Tuesday start, since a fifth starter will be required them.

* ESPN.com reported today that Wagner Mateo “is having vision problems that may affect his contract status” with the Cardinals. I spoke with John Mozeliak today, and while he didn’t go into much detail regarding Mateo, he acknowledged that there is a medical concern with Mateo.

“There are some things medically that we’re looking at,” Mozeliak said. “We’re hopeful that in the next few weeks we can have everything settled.”

* Brendan Ryan was back in the lineup today after missing some time due to a finger injury.

“He’s playable,” TLR said. “I don’t know if he’s got a little soreness left, probably, but a lot of guys have soreness here in September. So he’s playable.”

* Twitter founder Jack Dorsey (aka @jack) visited the park today and threw out a ceremonial first pitch. I’ll have a little more on this shortly.

* Troy Glaus’ status remains uncertain as he attempts to recuperate from a strained left oblique. TLR had this to say regarding Glaus:

“I think there’s a big question mark next to him. But there’s definitely not an X next to him.”

He also said that it’s possible that Glaus’ situation might increase the chances of a David Freese promotion. Last week, TLR downplayed the likelihood of Freese being called up.

* Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick were both back in the lineup after being hit by pitches in the ninth inning on Sunday.

* TLR re-affirmed today that he expects to go with 14 hitters and 11 pitchers on the postseason roster.

Today’s playlist is in honor of the new Living Colour album. And it’s… some old Living Colour.

“Middle Man”
“Time’s Up”
“Elvis is Dead”
“Auslander”
“Sacred Ground”

-M.

Lucky Seven, Here-Come-the-Cubs Edition

1. The earliest that the Cardinals can possibly clinch the division is Monday, Sept. 21, in Houston. The magic number is 8. On what day will they actually clinch?

2. Cy Young: Lincecum, Wainwright, Carpenter, other… Who ya got?

3. What is your biggest worry regarding the Cardinals as October approaches?

4. What National League team would provide the toughest test for the Cardinals in a playoff series?

5. What new or returning TV series are you most excited about? (The Office returns tonight! Woo!)

6. Fall starts this week. What’s the best thing about fall?

7. What’s the best novel you’ve read recently?

-M.

Tuesday lineups; tidbits to follow

Cardinals lineup vs LHP Sean West:
1. Lugo 2B
2. Ryan SS
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Ludwick RF
6. DeRosa 3B
7. Molina C
8. Ankiel CF
9. Wainwright P

Marlins lineup:
1. Coghlan LF
2. Johnson 1B
3. Ramirez SS
4. Cantu 3B
5. Uggla 2B
6. Ross RF
7. Paulino C
8. Maybin CF
9. West P

Monday evening tidbits: Lohse, Smoltz, Glaus, LaRue, Ryan

Greetings on a beautiful Monday night. It’s been an amazing summer, and that’s continuing into late summer.

* Kyle Lohse’s start this weekend, which was tentatively expected to be Friday, appears to be in some doubt. He’s once again feeling some discomfort in his right forearm. An exact plan has not been determined yet, but it seems likely that Lohse will miss the Cubs series.

However, the flipside of that is that John Smoltz is progressing very well from his shoulder tendinitis and could be ready before his originally scheduled start on Sunday. So it’s looking likely that Smoltz will be bumped up a day or two, with Carpenter and Wainwright getting the other two starts over the weekend.

* Troy Glaus suffered an injury to an oblique muscle over the weekend — TLR didn’t specify which one, and we weren’t able to talk to Glaus after we were informed — and is unavailable tonight.

* Jason LaRue got the start behind the plate in Yadier Molina’s place. It’s partly because TLR was looking for a day to give Molina a break and partly because the LaRue-Wellemeyer combination has worked before.

* Brendan Ryan likewise got a night off, but it’s just a night off. TLR didn’t explicitly say so, but I’d guess that part of the reason is that if you’re going to play Lugo at SS behind anybody, it should be Wellemeyer. He’s not a groundball guy at all.

Tonight’s playlist is one I’ve had in the back pocket for a few days, following an outdoor screening last week of The Big Lebowski:
Bob Dylan, “The Man in Me”
Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, “Just Dropped In”
Gipsy Kings, “Hotel California”
CCR, “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”
Townes Van Zandt, “Dead Flowers”

-M.

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