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Berkman: “I’m not going to get moved”

Lance Berkman said Tuesday afternoon that, despite rumors swirling about a potential deal to the Rangers, it’s his understanding that the Cardinals have no interest in trading him.

“I’m not going to get moved,” he said. ” I think the ship has sailed. I really do.

“I don’t want to be moved. I don’t think they want to move me. Obviously Mo has an obligation as the general manager to listen to any [offers]. But certainly I think both sides, myself and the Cardinals, we’re on the same page with this.”

More to come soon on Cardinals.com.

-M.

Holliday downplays back ailment

Matt Holliday was a late scratch from Wednesday’s lineup, with Jon Jay moving into the starting nine, but Holliday downplayed the severity of the back discomfort he’s feeling. The Cardinals’ star outfielder “tweaked” a muscle in the area of his left lower back while preparing to lift weights prior to Wednesday’s game against the Brewers.

 

“I don’t know much,” Holliday wrote in a text message shortly before the game. “Just tweaked a muscle on my left side, low-back/glute. Shouldn’t be more than a day or two.”

 

Corey Patterson got the start in right field instead of center, where he was originally slated to play, with Allen Craig moving from right field to left. Jay was added to the lineup in center field.

 

A club source said of the decision to sit Holliday, “We’re just being kind of safe.”

 

-M.

Lynn leaves with injury

Lance Lynn was removed from the Cardinals’ game on Tuesday night due to what the club is calling a strained left oblique muscle. No timetable for his potential return was given.

 

Lynn was pitching brilliantly before walking the last batter he faced, pinch-hitter George Kottaras. He had retired five straight batters, three of them on strikeouts, before walking Kottaras.

 

Following the last pitch to the Brewers’ backup catcher, Lynn doubled over in pain. Assistant athletic trainer Barry Weinberg and manager Tony La Russa, among others, came to check on him and Lynn was removed from the game.

 

Octavio Dotel took over for him.

-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.

Punto, Laird lifted due to injury

A Cardinals team already playing a bit short lost two players due to injury in the first four innings of its game against the Astros on Thursday night.

Infielder Nick Punto was lifted at the start of the fourth inning due to a strained left oblique muscle, continuing a frustrating year for the utilityman. Punto has already been on the disabled list twice, due to a sports hernia and a right forearm injury.

Two innings earlier, catcher Gerald Laird was due to what the club is calling a mild sprain of his left ring finger. Both players’ statuses were announced as day-to-day.

Laird started in place of Yadier Molina, who received a routine night off. He had a bit of a rough first inning, as Houston stole two bases and Laird was charged with a passed ball. But in the bottom of the second, he singled and scored.

After that, though, Laird did not come out for the third inning. Rookie Tony Cruz took his place behind the plate and in the No. 6 spot in the St. Louis batting order.

The Cardinals began the night short-handed because outfielder Lance Berkman is recovering from discomfort in his right shoulder. He received a cortisone injection on Wednesday and could be out until the weekend.

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Berkman aggravates shoulder

Lance Berkman was removed from Tuesday night’s game against the Astros when his sore right shoulder acted up again. The Cardinals outfielder will visit with a doctor on Wednesday to have the joint examined, and could receive a shot of anti-inflammatory medicine at that time.

Berkman first felt something amiss during Sunday’s loss to the Pirates, and he sat out Monday’s home game. He returned to the lineup on Tuesday but took only two at-bats before feeling a recurrence of the discomfort when he grounded out in the fourth inning. The issue is in the area of the rotator cuff of his non-throwing shoulder.

“Honestly I thought I was going to be fine today,” Berkman said. “When I got out there in the game, I took that swing. it’s concerning to me, just because I don’t want to do something and really hurt myself. It’s like a pinch. When you go to accelerate, it’s just there. it’s like any kind of a strain. It doesn’t feel good.”

Skip Schumaker moved from second base to the outfield to take Berkman’s place, with Nick Punto coming in to play second base.

“He felt like he couldn’t take a real good swing after that second at-bat,” manager Tony La Russa said. “He said he’d hang around, and I said ‘Why? If you’re not going to swing, we may as well put the defense in right now.’”

If Berkman receives a shot on Wednesday, he would likely be out for two or three games. The Cardinals are also currently doing without Matt Holliday, who has an illness that kept him out of Tuesday’s game.

-M.

 

Pujols on roster, not in lineup

The Cardinals officially announced that Albert Pujols has been activated from the disabled list. He is an available pinch-hitter but not in the starting lineup. Brian Tallet has been placed on the disabled list with a right intercostal (ribcage) strain. More to come at Cardinals.com.
-M.

Pujols leaves with injury — UPDATED

ST. LOUIS — An injury that at first terrified the Cardinals may yet turn out not to be as bad as was feared. Albert Pujols left St. Louis’  5-4 win over the Royals on Sunday with a sprained left wrist, and the club hopes that further examination will reveal nothing more severe.

Pujols was hurt in a collision at first base with the Royals’ Wilson Betemit. He is also experiencing some soreness in his left shoulder, but the wrist injury is the greater concern at this point.

“I can’t give you too much until we do x-rays tomorrow,” Pujols told reporters after the game. “Pretty much right now I’m just telling you I’m pretty sore in my wrist and my shoulder. We’ll see tomorrow. We took a look at it. I passed a couple tests. But tomorrow we still need to do an x-ray and an MRI. They can’t tell anything with the machine that we have here.”

 

General manager John Mozeliak said on Sunday afternoon that Pujols underwent an x-ray as part of his initial examination, and that no broken bones were revealed at that time. Still, a full read on the severity of Pujols’ injury will not be available until at least Monday.

 

“There is going to be another round of diagnostic testing in the morning,” Mozeliak said. “Just to rule out ligament issues and all that. I’m cautiously optimistic, but I couldn’t’ handicap it either way at this point.”

 

Mozeliak declined to say whether he expected Pujols to require a disabled list stint.

 

Leading off the sixth inning, Wilson Betemit hit a slow roller up the middle. Pete Kozma fielded the ball and made a throw to Pujols, and as Betemit got to first base, he made contact with the slugger’s left arm. That knocked the mitt off of Pujols, and Pujols hit the ground in obvious pain.

 

Pujols was removed from the game after being examined on the field. Lance Berkman took over for him at first base. Pujols had put the Cards ahead in the previous half-inning with a solo homer off of reliever Louis Coleman.

 

The Cardinals have had a staggering run of injuries already in 2011. They have used the disabled list 13 times this year and have seven players currently on the DL, including two with hand or wrist injuries.

 

-M.

Two moves, and Saturday lineups

The Cardinals made a pair of roster moves prior to Saturday’s game. Maikel Cleto and Pete Kozma have been called up, with Tyler Greene and Mark Hamilton optioned.

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

Royals
1. Gordon LF
2. Cabrera CF
3. Hosmer 1B
4. Francoeur RF
5. Moustakas 3B
6. Treanor C
7. Getz 2B
8. Escobar SS
9. Mazzaro P

-M.

Lineups and a significant tidbit

First the tidbit: David Freese will be heading out on a rehab assignment on Monday. He’ll travel to Iowa Monday then begin playing with Memphis on Tuesday. Freese is expecting to rejoin the team on the next road trip, in either Baltimore or St. Petersburg.

And the lineups:
Cardinals
1. Schumaker 2B
2. Jay CF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Berkman RF
6. Cruz C
7. Descalso 3B
8. Greene SS
9. Carpenter P

Royals
1. Gordon LF
2. Cabrera CF
3. Hosmer 1B
4. Francoeur RF
5. Moustakas 3B
6. Treanor C
7. Getz 2B
8. Escobar SS
9. Paulino P

-M.

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