August 2011

Tuesday tidbits: Freese, Craig, Lohse and more – UPDATED

Greetings from a warm, sunny afternoon at Busch Stadium. Looking forward to a fun series.

* To address the single most-asked question I’ve gotten on Twitter in recent weeks, Allen Craig is at Busch Stadium today. He’s going to go through a good, thorough workout, and it’s possible he’ll be added to the roster tomorrow.

6 pm update: Craig came through his workout with no issues, and TLR made it sound extremely likely that he will in fact be activated tomorrow.

* David Freese is back in the lineup. He said he feels 100 percent normal, and that in fact the last test he really had to pass was on Sunday in Miami when he did some extensive running.

* The rotation for the next several days has been announced. It will be Jake Westbrook tomorrow and Chris Carpenter on Thursday against Milwaukee, pushing Kyle Lohse back to Friday against Colorado. Jaime Garcia will then go on Saturday against the Rockies, with Edwin Jackson getting the last game of the homestand.

* Today is the last day of Yadier Molina’s suspension. He’s slated to return to active duty tomorrow.

* TLR talked some more today about the question of “head games” and whatnot. I won’t try to summarize it here, but I’ll have something on it in my notebook on the site tonight.

And, finally, the playlist is a celebration of “Watch the Throne” and the two gentlemen behind it:

Jay-Z and Kanye West, “No Church in the Wild” (my favorite from “Watch the Throne” after a few listens)
Jay-Z, “The Ruler’s Back”
Kanye West, “Blame Game”
Jay-Z, “December 4″
Kanye West, “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” (the Jay-Z remix, of course)

-M.

Tuesday lineups; tidbits to follow

Cardinals

1. Furcal SS
2. Patterson CF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Berkman RF
6. Freese 3B
7. Schumaker 2B
8. Laird C
9. Jackson P

 

Brewers

1. Hart RF
2. Morgan CF
3. Braun LF
4. Fielder 1B
5. McGehee 3B
6. Betancourt SS
7. Lopez 2B
8. Lucroy C
9. Marcum P

-M.

Wednesday lineups from Milwaukee – Pujols is in – UPDATED

Let’s play the feud!

Cardinals (note change to 5-6 spots)

1. Furcal SS
2. Theriot 2B
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Freese 3B
6. Berkman RF
7. Molina C
8. Patterson CF
9. Jackson P

Brewers

1. Hart RF
2. Morgan CF
3. Braun LF
4. Fielder 1B
5. McGehee 3B
6. Betancourt SS
7. Lopez 2B
8. Kottaras C
9. Wolf P

-M.

McClellan update

Kyle McClellan did indeed turn his ankle in Tuesday night’s win over the Brewers, and he was in fact removed before throwing another pitch. However, McClellan downplayed the condition, and manager Tony La Russa said that McClellan was coming out at that point regardless of what happened with his ankle.

 

“I just rolled it, just like in basketball,” McClellan said. “It was more of a shock than anything. it’s a little tender, but it’s one of those that you’ve just got to walk it off.”

 

La Russa explained that once there was a baserunner in the last inning, McClellan was coming out and Octavio Dotel was coming in to finish off the game. That is borne out by the fact that Dotel was warming up before McClellan twisted his ankle.

 

-M.

Monday lineup from Milwaukee

1. Furcal SS

2. Jay CF

3. Pujols 1B

4. Holliday LF

5. Berkman RF

6. Freese 3B

7. Schumaker 2B

8. Molina C

9. Carpenter P

-M.

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