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* Brendan Ryan said today that his sore left ankle has made a great deal of improvement. He hopes to play tomorrow, but that looks very unlikely. Tuesday in New York is definitely not out of the question, though.
“I want to be out there,” Ryan said. “I want to help the team. So if I can help with defense or whatever, I want to be out there. With Carp going today, I would have liked to be behind him, but that’s not going to happen. … But there is that off day after [tomorrow], so they might just bang me regardless. That off day wouldn’t hurt. But we’ll see. It’s either going to be tomorrow or it’s going to be Tuesday. And it’s likely going to be out of my hands.”
* Khalil Greene was activated from the disabled list today, with Mitchell Boggs optioned to Memphis. That doesn’t mean Boggs is out of favor, or anything of the kind. The Cardinals just don’t need a fifth starter until Aug. 11.
As for Greene, he’s not in the starting lineup, and it sounds like he figures in more as a bench player than anything.
Said TLR: “We can definitely use him as a pinch-hitter. I think we’ll look for a start someplace.”
* Several people mentioned last night that on the umpire-interference call, the only contact between Rodriguez and Gary Darling came on Rodriguez’s follow-through. La Russa said that Darling acknowledged that, but told him that even so, it still counts as interference.
* TLR when asked today about Pujols’ health: “He’s got his aches and pains, but he’s feeling good enough. he’s felt like this and gotten a bunch of base hits.”
* Matt Holliday, like Rick Ankiel, has a blog with MLBlogs. It was updated today. Check it out at MattHolliday.MLBlogs.com.
Bob Mould, “Life and Times”
Jason Isbell, “Good”
Son Volt, “The Picture”
Matthew Sweet, “Sick of Myself”
My Morning Jacket, “Off the Record”
It’s another gorgeous night at Busch Stadium. The scoreboard in the bullpen reads 80 degrees at 6:46 pm, and that’s about as nice as you can ask for in St. Louis in late July. Great stuff.
* For those who missed it, the non-waiver Trade Deadline passed without the Cardinals making another move. Of course, they’ve already made three since late June, so it’s not like they stood pat all along.
* Brendan Ryan did not stretch with the team today and he’s definitely out for several days. The club is still calling his injury a bruise, but it’s a nasty bruise and he’s got plenty of swelling. He’s quite certainly out for the weekend, and the New York series is no guarantee. However, they’re not placing him on the disabled list yet.
“It seems like the 3-5 days would be very optimistic,” John Mozeliak said this afternoon.
It’s hard to envision Ryan even coming off the bench for at least the immediate future.
“Lot of pain last night,” said manager Tony La Russa. “We’ll see how quickly the swelling is reduced. But he’s limited. He’s not going to play the weekend, and Monday, that’s four days there. so we’ll see.”
* Balancing that out, however, is the strong likelihood that Khalil Greene will be activated tomorrow. Greene talked at length with associate reporter B.J. Rains today, so look for a story about him tonight. But suffice to say it appears that Saturday is his day for activation. Greene was on the field working out with the Cards this afternoon.
“He feels great and he’s going to work out with us,” TLR said. “He’s in great spirits and he played very well in Memphis.”
* It’s likely that when Greene is activated, he’ll take the place of Mitchell Boggs. The right-hander will be sent out following his start tonight, regardless of how he pitches. That’s because the Cardinals don’t need a fifth starter again until Aug. 11, which is of course 11 days away.
So Boggs can be sent out, make a start at Memphis, and be recalled if he’s the choice the next time around.
“The reality,” La Russa said, “is we don’t need the fifth spot again for  days. I hope he pitches a shutout, but he probably is here today and gone tomorrow. He’ll be back later.”
* To make room for Boggs today, Nick Stavinoha was optioned to Triple-A Memphis. There’s a good chance Stavinoha will be back before rosters expand on Sept. 1, but for now he’s headed back down I-55.
“You work every day to try and get one opportunity and one chance to help the team out,” Stavinoha said, “so I’ll just go down and keep my sights set on the role I have and do my job down there and hopefully come back up and do it here.”
* The bullpen is definitely stretched tonight. Ryan Franklin could conceivably be available, but they’d much prefer not to use him. If he pitches tonight, he’s probably down for the rest of the weekend. Hawksworth remains off-limits for at least one more day, and maybe till Sunday. McClellan is likely not an option, either. Brad Thompson and Todd Wellemeyer are the “protection” tonight — i.e., the guys who would be available to soak up some innings if need be.
For tonight’s playlist, a nod to Houston:
King’s X, “It’s Love” (had no idea they were from Houston)
Beyonce, “Crazy In Love”
ZZ Top, “La Grange”
Robert Earl Keen, “Shades of Gray”
Lyle Lovett, “Nobody Knows Me”
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.
“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”
Clayton Mortensen is on the active roster, and Khalil Greene is on the disabled list.
Brendan Ryan is back in the lineup, but Yadier Molina is still out.
Tonight’s lineup vs RHP Tim Lincecum:
1. Skip Schumaker 2B
2. Mark DeRosa 3B
3. Albert Pujols 1B
4. Ryan Ludwick RF
5. Chris Duncan LF
6. Rick Ankiel CF
7. Jason LaRue C
8. Brad Thompson P
9. Brendan Ryan SS
Much cooler today. Some quick tidbits for you, and I’ll expand upon this a little later, after DeRosa’s news conference (which is scheduled for noon CT).
* Todd Wellemeyer is scheduled to start Thursday.
* Yadier Molina is somewhat sore after the collision at home plate yesterday, so Jason LaRue is starting in his place.
* Mark DeRosa is in left field, batting fourth.
* TLR’s take on K.Greene and DeRosa is basically that they’re not mutually exclusive, so if Greene gets hot, he can play his way into time at shortstop, or DeRosa could play more outfield, or some arrangement like that. What he didn’t say, but didn’t really need to say, is that despite that, it’s fairly clear that this will eat into Greene’s playing time some.
* With that said, against the lefty today, both Greene and DeRosa are in the lineup.
* TLR said they expect to go back to 13 pitchers soon.
* Brendan Ryan is available off the bench but really they want to wait another day before throwing him into any kind of significant duty. I wouldn’t expect to see him hit today.
Lineup vs LHP Francisco Liriano:
1. Schumaker 2B
2. K.Greene 3B
3. Pujols 1B
4. DeRosa LF
5. Ludwick RF
6. Ankiel CF
7. LaRue C
8. Pineiro P
9. T.Greene SS
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”
Monday evening tidbits from beautiful Citi Field:
* Brendan Ryan has been cleared to play after dealing with cramps recently. He said he has been told that the issue may not relate to dehydration, but rather to nutrition. He was down a few pounds from where he started the season, and said the club has had him try to put on some weight to get back to his Spring Training mark of 195 pounds.
* Khalil Greene was cleared and in the starting lineup at third base after being hit by a pitch on the inside of his right knee on Sunday.
* Kyle Lohse will throw another bullpen session tomorrow, and then again on Thursday. After that, the plan currently calls for him to throw a simulated game on Saturday. That would involve him facing hitters, and throwing three simulated “innings” of approximately 20 pitches each. If that went well, he would join the rotation before the All-Star break.
* Albert Pujols was named NL Player of the Week for the second time this year.
* First impressions of Citi Field: very nice ballpark, about on a par with Philly and Denver, two of my favorites, and not QUITE up to San Francisco, which IMO is the best place in baseball for a game. As for the vaunted concessions, first impression was excellent. Highly recommend the taco combo platter from the Taqueria in center field.
Neko Case, “People Got a Lotta Nerve”
Letters to Cleo, “Step Back”
Material Issue, “Help Me Land”
R.E.M., “Supernatural Superserious”
MXPX, “Move to Bremerton”
Sorry these are so late. Crazy day today, getting ready to take a little mini-vacation with the Mrs. I’ll be off Thursday through Sunday, then back on the beat on Monday in NYC, with nose pretty much to the grindstone from there through the All-Star break.
* Khalil Greene is back with the Cardinals. He worked out today and will be activated in the relatively near future, quite possibly even tomorrow. TLR said they will probably remain at 13 pitchers when they make the move, meaning that Stavinoha and Tyler Greene would seem to be the most in jeopardy.
* Kyle Lohse threw again today, from a little further and with a little more on it. He’s getting closer, and hope to throw off a mound sometime during the upcoming road trip.
* Brendan Ryan was a bit sore after last night’s game, experiencing some cramping according to TLR. So they chose not to push it, and gave the start to Tyler Greene tonight.
* TLR on Molina catching Wellemeyer once again: “The last couple times it’s pained me not to catch him, like Thursday in Florida. It’s just, there are some times he needs a break.”
“International Pop Overthrow,” Material Issue
“Angels of the Silences,” Counting Crows
“Help I’m Alive,” Metric
Greetings from partly-cloudy, warm and muggy Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals begin a very brief three-game homestand.
* Kyle Lohse threw on Tuesday for the second time since aggravating his right forearm injury. He stretched it out to 120 feet, and said he put more into the throws. He also reported feeling better today than he did on Sunday, the day of his first throw.
A date for a mound session is still somewhat uncertain, but it’s definitely getting closer.
“We’ll probably do this a couple more times [so they can] make sure everything is good and I come back strong tomorrow,” Lohse said. “We’ll see how that turns out and hopefully get on a bullpen in the next couple days or a week or whatever.”
* Khalil Greene has not yet been activated, but the day is getting closer. According to two sources (not to mention the MiLB.com Gameday presentation of tonight’s Memphis game), Greene is not with the Memphis club. Greene has played two games at shortstop and two games at third base for Memphis, going 6-for-15.
* The Cardinals will not skip Brad Thompson on Friday. Instead, they’ll use yesterday’s off day to give the entire rotation an extra day of rest. Thompson will pitch Friday at Kansas City, followed by Chris Carpenter on Saturday and Adam Wainwright on Sunday. That means Wainwright would pitch at home the following weekend against Minnesota, rather than at the Mets on June 26. Projecting it far out, both Carpenter and Wainwright would pitch in the Giants series, then Carpenter would pitch at Cincinnati and Wainwright in the opener at Milwaukee. They’d each get a start in the final series before the All-Star break, at Wrigley Field.
* Meanwhile, Thompson remains safe in his spot for the foreseeable future, that is as long as Lohse is out.
Here’s TLR’s comment:
“I think the idea is to pitch the best guy that you have. And based on his opportunities, there’s nobody better than Brad. When Lohse comes back, then you’re going to pick the best five. And if Brad’s outpitching somebody, then somebody in the rotation will go in the bullpen. It’s always the best five. Unless they’re really close and one guy fits the bullpen better than the other guy.”
Today’s playlist, well, you probably could have guessed the theme:
The Supremes: “Reflections”
Four Tops: “Reach Out I’ll Be There”
Temptations: “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
Stevie Wonder: “I Wish”
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: “Tears of a Clown”
It’s another lovely night in Cleveland, following a terrific day. Your faithful correspondent, joined by friend/colleague/competitor D.Goold of the Post-Dispatch, made an afternoon run to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and it was again excellent. Highly recommended.
* Khalil Greene will return to Memphis to get some work at third base. TLR was a bit cagey about the whole thing, but there was this quote that laid it out pretty starkly: “When he’s ready to get here as a player, he needs to be ready to play third base.”
The Cardinals have understandably been pleased with what they’ve been getting from the shortstop position with Greene out. This allows them to keep playing Brendan Ryan (and perhaps Tyler Greene, depending on what move they decide to make once K.Greene is activated), while also providing another option at third base.
* Kyle Lohse began a throwing program today, playing catch from about 90 feet. He said he’s almost entirely symptom-free in his recovery from a right forearm injury. He’ll keep ramping up his throwing as long as he feels good, but no date has even been set for a throw off the mound, never mind a return to game action.
* The Cardinals won’t get any favors when the Tigers come to town later this week. Detroit will roll out three imposing starting pitchers: Justin Verlander on Tuesday, Edwin Jackson on Wednesday and Rick Porcello (remember him?) on Thursday.
* Bill Lubinger of the Cleveland Plain Dealer had a piece on Dave Duncan run today, and it’s worth checking out for Duncan’s insights on many of the great pitchers who have worked with him. It even includes a video interview. Follow this link to give it a look.
* Welcome to the newest blogger with the Cardinals: Rick Ankiel. The first entry in his new MLBlog went up today, and you can visit Rick’s blog by following this link.
* Time for my periodic reminder, while we’re linking to things. I talk ball over at Twitter. Follow me there at Twitter.com/MatthewHLeach.
Today’s playlist, with a RnRHoF theme:
U2, “Bad” (saw the handwritten lyric sheet, perhaps my favorite thing in the whole place)
Bruce Springsteen, “Badlands” (saw the same thing for this song, my OTHER favorite thing)
Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”
The Clash, “London Calling”
Metallica, “Enter Sandman”