Schumaker expected to be out for NLCS
Skip Schumaker felt worse on Saturday than he did on Friday night, and as a result, he is expected to be left off the Cardinals’ roster for the National League Championship Series. That’s one of two changes the Cardinals are likely to make to the roster they used to beat the Phillies in their NL Division Series.
Schumaker suffered a strained right oblique muscle in Friday night’s win against the Phillies. He was unable to participate in any sort of on-field activities on Saturday, leading to the decision to sideline him for the NLCS. He will most likely be replaced by a pitcher. The Cardinals actually intend to add two pitchers to their roster, most likely Kyle McClellan and Lance Lynn, while removing Schumaker and another pitcher. The primary candidate to be bumped from the pitching staff is apparently Jake Westbrook, who did not appear in the NLDS.
Thus the Cards would take 12 pitchers and 13 hitters into the NLCS, as opposed to an 11/14 breakdown in the Division Series. Other possibilities do still exist, including staying at 11 pitchers (and adding someone such as Tyler Greene to take Schumaker’s roster spot). Eduardo Sanchez will also receive some consideration. However, most likely is that McClellan and Lynn will be activated and the Cardinals will carry 12 pitchers.
Nick Punto and Ryan Theriot will be the primary candidates to get playing time in Schumaker’s stead.
“It was a little more sore this morning, no doubt about it,” Schumaker said. “I don’t know how long it’s going to be. It’s not the kind of thing where they can just tell you it’s a week or 10 days. Hopefully it’s just for this series but I couldn’t do any baseball activity today. That’s why it’s frustrating.”
(more to come on this at Cardinals.com later this evening)