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Tuesday tidbits: Molina, Rasmus

Belated tidbits. I’m working on some national stuff for another night, which means game coverage is again in the capable hands of associate reporter B.J. Rains. Check out his blog at BJRains.MLBlogs.com.

* Yadier Molina is back in the lineup after sitting out a couple of days due to a bruised thigh, which he suffered in a collision with Michael Cuddyer on Saturday.

* Colby Rasmus is considered playable after missing some time with a hiatal hernia (which, for those concerned, is drastically different from a sports hernia). However, with lefty Randy Johnson on the mound for the Giants, Rasmus will sit out another night.

* The lineup looked a bit odd today, with Mark DeRosa at third while Joe Thurston is in the outfield, and Tyler Greene at second base while Brendan Ryan is at short. According to TLR, in both cases it has to do with regular roles. He expects DeRosa to play a lot at third, and Ryan to play a lot at short, so he wanted to minimize the disruption to those two guys. It seems to me the better defensive lineup might have DeRo in the outfield and Thurston at 3B, and Greene at SS with Ryan at 2B, but that is the reasoning.

* Additionally, DeRosa is in the 2 spot tonight because he’s had a hard time against Johnson. Normally he’ll hit fourth against lefties, but Johnson is not a good matchup for him so he’s in the 2 spot instead.

Today’s playlist, round two of Bay Area tunes:
Counting Crows, “Angels of the Silences”
Cake, “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” (Sacramento, but that’s pretty close)
Primus, “Tommy the Cat”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “In Like the Rose”
The Donnas: “Hot Pants”
(wonder if I can do four of these?)

-M.

Monday tidbits: Molina, Ryan, Mortensen, Greene – UPDATED

Very nice day at Busch Stadium today, will probably drop into the 80s by first pitch, clear and some breeze.

* One late update: Colby Rasmus is sitting due to a hiatal hernia. He’s likely to return to the active lineup on Wednesday.

* Yadier Molina is out again today due to a bruised right thigh. He sustained the injury on Saturday in a collision with Michael Cuddyer at home plate. Molina is likely to return to the lineup on Tuesday.

TLR comment:

“He’s still sore. He’s better than he was yesterday, and it would be a push to play him. We’re in the last two weeks of the first half. there’s no reason to do that. I expect he’ll play tomorrow.

“He got blasted right there in that muscle, and the muscle was really bruised to where he was having trouble yesterday squatting. Today he’s a little bit better but it’s still a push.”

* As already reported, Khalil Greene has been placed on the disabled list due to social anxiety disorder. Clayton Mortensen’s contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis. Mortensen is present and available to pitch. He’s wearing No. 54.

* Brendan Ryan is back in the lineup after missing three days due to wrist soreness. He had a cortisone shot on Friday, and after the usual three days’ downtime, he’s back in there. TLR said he doesn’t expect that Ryan will be limited or restricted in how he can be used.

* Albert Pujols continues to hold a commanding lead at first base in All-Star balloting, and Yadier Molina is in the lead at catcher.

Today’s playlist, a Bay Area special:
Sly and the Family Stone, “I Want to Take You Higher”
Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody to Love”
Faith No More, “Midlife Crisis”
Rancid, “Roots Radicals”
Metallica, “Disposable Heroes”

-M.

Tuesday tidbits, part 2

Some more tidbits as we sit through a rain delay…

See my earlier tidbits post for updates on Kyle Lohse, Joe Mather and Troy Glaus.

* Khalil Greene is in the lineup despite a 3-for-20 career line against Livan Hernandez. Asked TLR about it, given that he sometimes sits a hot hitter against a pitcher who’s been tough on him, in order to avoid cooling the hitter off. Here’s the response:

“I actually talked to Hal about it. We feel like he’s swinging well enough to where we should keep him in the lineup. Right-handers are having some success against him.”

* Colby Rasmus is out tonight, and I notice that one commenter on the lineup is already angry. However, Rasmus is 0-for-11 with 4 Ks and no walks in the last three games, so it’s understandable to want to give the guy a night off. TLR again:

“I think he’s chasing pitches. That’s one of the things he was doing well, getting the ball in the strike zone.”

* Minor League left-hander Dail Villanueva tested positive for “metabolites of Nandrolone” and has been suspended for 50 games. Villanueva pitches for the Cardinals’ Venezuelan Summer League team.

* John Mozeliak on negotiations with Shelby Miller: “Slow process.”

Today’s playlist, all of which came up while I had the iPod on shuffle as I rode the 7 train out here to Flushing today:

Kings of Leon, “Notion”
Jen Trynin, “Washington Hotel”
Erasure, “It Doesn’t Have to Be”
Letters to Cleo, “Awake”
Arcadia, “Election Day”

-M.

Saturday afternoon tidbits: Another look to the lineup

Greetings from a gorgeous afternoon at Progressive Field. We’ve got a few clouds, but it’s nice and mild and a great day for a ballgame.

* For the first time today, Colby Rasmus is hitting cleanup in a lineup that also includes Ryan Ludwick. It was one thing to hit him there when Ludwick was sitting, but it definitely stands out to have Rasmus there today.

According to TLR, there were two main reasons. One was immediate and obvious — they hit Rasmus there twice, he did well there twice. The other comes down to TLR’s fondness for splitting up left- and right-handed hitters as much as possible.

I was always under the impression that that was largely done to neutralize opposing relief specialists, but the skipper also said it has an effect on the starting pitcher. In his view, if the starter sees a run of righties or lefties, he settles in to a degree he can’t do when it’s alternating.

“Rasmus has had two chances and been productive twice,” he said. “So, why not? The other one that I like is that it really gives Ohka a lot of right-left-right-left. That was Don Drysdale’s old theory. If you have too many of one type, he gets his release point. That gives us a little edge. You pick up two benefits. Although here they [only] have one left-handed reliever.”

* Following Monday’s off day, the Cardinals will stay on turn in the rotation for at least the first three days. That means it will be Adam Wainwright on Tuesday, Todd Wellemeyer on Wednesday and Joel Pineiro on Thursday against Detroit.

Friday, however, remains in question. They’ll have two options that day: keep Chris Carpenter on his fifth day and bump Brad Thompson back, or stay on turn with Thompson on Friday and Carpenter on Saturday, thus giving everyone five days’ rest.

TLR said it will come down to a lot of things, not the least of which is how Carpenter comes through tomorrow night. If it’s a slog, they’re more likely to give him the extra day. If it’s not so draining, Carpenter could pitch on Friday.

* And a few notes from today’s festivities at Progressive Field. They’ll be showing “Major League” tonight after the game, which La Russa called his favorite baseball movie — and in my experience, he’s far from the only one. Players/coaches/etc seem to favor it over any other, including my personal favorite, “Bull Durham.”

The Cardinals and Indians are both wearing throwback 1988 uniforms as a nod to the movie, and Skip Schumaker is even rocking the high socks to complete the look.

Thus, today’s playlist is a throwback as well, all from 1988.

INXS, “Need You Tonight/Mediate”
Neneh Cherry, “Buffalo Stance”
Prince, “Alphabet Street”
U2, “Desire”
Living Colour, “Cult of Personality”

-M.

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