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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.

Friday lineups; no Berkman

Lance Berkman is not in the lineup today, but that’s not an enormous surprise. We’ll know more when the clubhouse opens. However, as I posted in yesterday’s tidbits, TLR had already made it clear that they would err on the side of caution rather than rushing Berkman back.

 

Cardinals
1. Patterson RF
2. Jay CF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Freese 3B
6. Schumaker 2B
7. Molina C
8. Descalso SS
9. Jackson P

Cubs
1. Castro SS
2. Barney 2B
3. Ramirez 3B
4. Pena 1B
5. Byrd CF
6. Soto C
7. Soriano LF
8. Colvin RF
9. Garza P

-M.

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.

 

Wednesday lineups from Queens

Cardinals

1. Schumaker 2B
2. Jay RF
3. Holliday LF
4. Berkman 1B
5. Freese 3B
6. Rasmus CF
7. Laird C
8. Descalso SS
9. McClellan P

 

Mets

1. Reyes SS
2. Turner 2B
3. Beltran RF
4. Murphy 3B
5. Pagan CF
6. Bay LF
7. Duda 1B
8. Thole C
9. Dickey P

-M.

Part of a conversation with Shelby Miller

I also had the chance to chat with Shelby Miller for a while before the game today. A couple of other scribes were present at different times, and out of fairness, I didn’t include their questions in here. And some of what Miller talked about is in the story going up on Cardinals.com today.

However, there was still a good bit that I talked to Miller about that didn’t make it into the story. So, here it is…

 

MLB.com: Are you finding that you need to use the offpseed stuff any more at this level than you did before?

Miller: You do in situations, for sure. I can’t say that I throw more offspeed than I have before, because I don’t feel like I have. I feel like I’m still going after guys with my fastball, throwing it 70, 80 percent of the time. But you do have to throw your offspeed. You have to mix it up for sure. That’s definitely something you’ve got to do. At Palm Beach, you don’t have to really. You throw fastballs, they hit it in the air, and the ball doesn’t go anywhere. But I Double-A, it’s a great level to pitch at.

 

MLB.com: Has anybody tried to make the point to you that at some point before you get to St. Louis, that ratio may need to change?

Miller: What’s tough about it is, they can tell you that it has to change, but I’m not going to know until I get up there. I’ve got to know how to go after hitters. If I have Yadier Molina catching me, and he calls a pitch, I’m not going to shake him. If he calls a curveball, I’m going to throw a curveball. If it’s a full count, if it’s 2-0, I’m going to throw what he calls. Obviously he knows the hitters more than I do. I’m sure my offspeed [will be important] when I get up there.

 

MLB.com: Is that the main thing that needs to get better before you get to the Majors?

Miller: Yeah. For sure. I feel like my fastball is where it needs to be. It’s always been my best pitch. But throwing sinkers, throwing changeups and throwing my curveball is what I have to have refined when I get to the big leagues or else you’re going to give up runs and you’re going to get hit. That’s what I work on every day in Double-A, with my pitching coach every day, Bryan Eversgerd. And with Martinez in High A. I worked on my curveball, worked on my changeup, worked on where I wanted it to be. So far, it’s been coming around pretty good.

 

MLB.com: Do you follow Carlos Martinez at all? There’s a lot of talk about the two of you coming up through the system.

Miller: He’s a young kid. He’s somebody that obviously has a lot of talent, somebody who throws real hard. I know he has a good curveball. I haven’t seen his changeup that much. But he’s going to be there someday. He’s got the ability. He’s just got to do the right things. He’s got to listen to what everybody has to tell him. He’s young. He’s going through the system real fast, and I’m wishing him just as much luck to get there as fast as anybody else. I think he has the ability to pitch in the big leagues.

 

MLB.com: When you were drafted, you were pretty confident about a brief timetable, and it’s more or less happened that way. Is that any more realistic at this point? Do you have the Majors in sight?

Miller: I feel like I’m getting really, really close. If I keep performing and I keep doing what I’m doing right now, and I go out there and continue to have success, you never know what’s going to happen. You never know if you could get called up tomorrow and told you need to go throw some innings in the big leagues. Or it could be next year or the year after that. Whenever it is, I’ll try my hardest. When the Cardinals think I’m ready and when I know I’m ready, I think I’m going to be there.

-M.

A brief conversation with Carlos Martinez

A little bit of this made it into my story on the Futures Game that will go up on Cardinals.com later today. But in addition, here’s a writeup of my brief chat with Carlos Martinez on the field this morning.

 

The excellent Jesse Sanchez served as interpreter.

 

MLB.com: How has your first year in the U.S. gone so far?

Martinez: It’s been my goal to make it to the United States and pitch here, and I’m very grateful the Cardinals gave me that opportunity to do that. So I’m just here working as hard as I can, doing my work, proving to them that I’m worth it.

 

MLB.com: Whether in baseball or off the field, what’s been the hardest adjustment for you so far?

Martinez: The biggest thing for me was the language. You come here and you don’t know what’s going on, what all the people are saying. I’ve just been able to concentrate on baseball, concentrate on doing my job and really focus on the game.

 

MLB.com: Many Cardinals fans are already looking forward to seeing you and Shelby Miller pitching together. Have you given than any thought at all?

Martinez: It would be an honor to pitch in a rotation with a guy like Shelby Miller. But right now, I’m really just focusing on doing the work, and maybe that will come in the future. We really need to concentrate on what we’re doing now.

 

MLB.com: What’s the biggest thing you’re working on as far as your pitching right now?

Martinez: Right now I’ve really been working on my changeup. It’s a pitch that’s really helped me in Davenport. It’s helping me now. And it’s something I’m really focusing on. I know it’s going to help me in the future.

-M.

Wednesday lineups

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

Reds
1. Heisey CF
2. Renteria SS
3. Votto 1B
4. Phillips 2B
5. Bruce RF
6. Rolen 3B
7. Lewis LF
8. Hanigan C
9. Arroyo P

Tuesday lineups

Cardinals

1. Theriot SS
2. Jay RF
3. Holliday LF
4. Berkman 1B
5. Freese 3B
6. Rasmus CF
7. Molina C
8. Schumaker 2B
9. Garcia P

Reds
1. Stubbs CF
2. Phillips 2B
3. Votto 1B
4. Rolen 3B
5. Bruce RF
6. Gomes LF
7. Hanigan C
8. Janish SS
9. Volquez P

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.

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