May 2011

Sunday lineups from Denver

Cardinals

1. Theriot SS
2. Jay LF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Berkman RF
5. Craig 2B
6. Rasmus CF
7. Molina C
8. Descalso 3B
9. Lohse P

 

Rockies

1. Young 2B
2. Fowler CF
3. Gonzalez LF
4. Tulowitzki SS
5. Helton 1B
6. Wigginton 3B
7. Spilborghs RF
8. Iannetta C
9. Chacin P

-M.

Saturday tidbits: Holliday, Tallet, Miller, Craig and more

* Matt Holliday is not in the lineup, but said that “today was a good day” as far as his workouts. He is hoping to play tomorrow, though that’s still not a given. They want to be sure he’s completely symptom-free before inserting him in the lineup. He’s definitely closer today, however.

* Brian Tallet said he’s not feeling anything in his elbow, a day after he was removed due to tightness in the joint. He hopes to be available tonight.

* Yadier Molina isn’t feeling anything amiss in his left ankle today. He was removed in the ninth inning last night due to some discomfort there.

* Based on our conversation with TLR today, it’s clear that the Cardinals are taking Allen Craig seriously as a second baseman — not just right now as a day-by-day solution, but in the longer view. I’ll have a story on the site later this afternoon, but this is definitely a real thing, not just a lark.

* As you’ve likely heard by now, Shelby Miller has made his last start at Class A Palm Beach. His next start will be at Double-A Springfield, sometime late next week.

Saturday lineup; tidbits to follow

Here’s the lineup from a cloudy, blustery, cool day in Denver.

1. Theriot SS
2. Jay LF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Berkman RF
5. Rasmus CF
6. Schumaker 2B
7. Molina C
8. Descalso 3B
9. Garcia LHP

-M.

“Elbow tightness” for Tallet, sore ankle for Molina – UPDATED

Two Cardinals were removed from Friday night’s win over the Rockies due to injury concerns, but both men played down their conditions after the game.

Brian Tallet came down with some tightness in his left elbow, but said afterward that he didn’t even want to come out of the game. Manager Tony La Russa and assistant athletic trainer Barry Weinberg prevailed upon him to leave as a precaution. Tallet and La Russa both left open the possibility that Tallet could pitch again before the weekend is out.

Catcher Yadier Molina, meanwhile, suffered what he called tightness in his left ankle prior to the game. He started, though, and played eight innings before La Russa removed him for a pinch-runner. Molina likewise downplayed his situation, indicating that he expects to play on Saturday.

Tallet was removed from the game after only six pitches. He was replaced by Eduardo Sanchez, who hit a batter but got through the eighth otherwise without incident. Tallet has had a series of maladies this year. He missed time in Spring Training due to a strained left groin, then suffered a broken bone in his right hand in April, sidelining him for nearly six weeks.

-M.

Friday lineup from Denver

Greetings from beautiful Coors Field, one of the best ballparks in the Majors. Just a great setting for a game in a fantastic city. I highly recommend making the trip if you never have — even a short flight from STL.

Matt Holliday may be available to pinch-hit but is still not in the lineup yet. They have not ruled out a start this weekend, however.

 

Cardinals
1. Theriot SS
2. Jay LF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Berkman RF
5. Craig 2B
6. Rasmus CF
7. Molina C
8. Descalso 3B
9. Westbrook P

-M.

Laird has broken bone – updated

Tony La Russa just told us that Gerald Laird has a broken bone in his hand and is expected to go on the DL. Will update when we have more information.

Update 1: It’s Laird’s right index finger that took the break.

-M.

Sunday lineups from KC

Berkman back in, Theriot out with an illness, Holliday still DH’ing, Craig at 2B. Ho-hum, just another day at the yard.

Cardinals

1. Jay LF
2. Craig 2B
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday DH
5. Berkman RF
6. Rasmus CF
7. Molina C
8. Descalso 3B
9. Kozma SS
Garcia P

Royals

1. Gordon LF
2. Aviles  2B
3. Hosmer 1B
4. Francoeur RF
5. Butler DH
6. Betemit 3B
7. Treanor C
8. Maier CF
9. Escobar SS
O’Sullivan P

-M.

Friday lineups from KC

Cardinals

1. Theriot SS
2. Rasmus CF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday DH
5. Craig LF
6. Molina C
7. Jay RF
8. Greene 2B
9. Descalso 3B
Carpenter P

Royals

1. Gordon LF
2. Cabrera CF
3. Hosmer 1B
4. Francoeur RF
5. Butler DH
6. Betemit 3B
7. Pena C
8. Getz 2B
9. Escobar SS
Francis P

-M.

Tallet to be activated; Hamilton out

Brian Tallet is coming back sooner than expected. The Cardinals will activate the left-handed reliever from the disabled list on Friday, optioning first baseman/outfielder Mark Hamilton to Memphis to make room on the roster for him. A club official confirmed the move shortly before the Cardinals left for Kansas City on Thursday afternoon.

Tallet has been out since April 13 due to a broken bone in his right hand. He made one Minor League rehabilitation start, on Tuesday at Class A Quad Cities, and was expected to make another on Friday night. Instead, the Cardinals went ahead and activated him. Tallet struck out five of the six batters he faced in the game against Peoria on Tuesday.

With the move, the Cardinals go to 13 pitchers for the first time this year. Sending out Hamilton avoids what would have been a very difficult decision in the Cardinals bullpen. The two pitchers most recently called up, Fernando Salas and Eduardo Sanchez, have been two of the club’s best relievers ,and in fact Salas is the <i>de facto</i> closer for the time being.

Sending out Hamilton would also seem to be some sort of vote of confidence in both Matt Holliday, and to a lesser extent Lance Berkman. The two outfielders both missed Thursday’s game due to injuries. Holliday said afterward, though, that he expects to play Friday. Berkman is likely out for a few days. If the Cardinals believed they would be doing without both veterans for any extended period of time, they likely would not have moved to 12 position players.

Holliday, Berkman out; Rasmus back in

The Cardinals held both Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman out of their starting lineup on Thursday against the Astros, though Holliday was considered available to pinch-hit. Both outfielders were removed from Wednesday night’s game due to injuries.

Holliday was removed from the game in the third inning due to tightness in his left quadriceps. Berkman came out two innings later because of soreness in his right wrist. Holliday is likely closer to returning, manager Tony La Russa acknowledged, though as of late Thursday morning the club had not heard the results of an evaluation on Berkman’s wrist. Berkman said Wednesday night that x-rays on the joint had come back negative.

In a bit of good news for the Redbirds, though, center fielder Colby Rasmus returned to the lineup from injury on Thursday. Rasmus had not started since Saturday, the result of an abdominal strain.

Allen Craig started in left field and Jon Jay in right for the Cardinals in their homestand finale against Houston.

-M.

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