Two late notes: Carpenter and Craig
Carpenter still set for Friday: Many fans asked today about the possibility of moving Carpenter back onto regular rest in the event that the Cardinals won the first two games of the series. TLR was asked about it before the game, but once they actually won, it obviously came up again postgame.
And, well, it’s not going to happen. Brandon Dickson is still the starter for the Thursday afternoon game (which, remember, has that odd 3:10 p.m. CT start time).
Here’s what the manager had to say:
“I mentioned it to my friends that that was going to be brought up. But when I put together the rotation, that Friday game with Cincinnati is huge for us. And he’s got Milwaukee on Wednesday, Carp does. That game tomorrow is really important. But so is the weekend against Cincinnati. So, no, nothing changes.”
Craig says he’s fine: Allen Craig did in fact bump his right knee, the same one he injured in Houston, against the outfield wall on Ryan Braun’s triple in the third inning. And he was, in fact, removed as a precaution when Jon Jay took over for him in center.
However, Craig said he’s got no problem with the knee, and he expects to be perfectly fine and playable on Thursday.
“It’s just a little irritated, but it should be all right,” he said. “I think it will be OK.”
Said TLR: “It was a good time to get him, but I thought he was limping a little bit. I was going to get him anyway with the lead like that, but when he went to bat, it looked to me like his leg gave a little. I asked him, and he said, ‘No, I’m all right.’”
Craig’s explanation was that he was testing his leg out, not that it had been injured.