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Saturday tidbits: Pujols, Holliday, Freese and more

Greetings from ’50s night at Tropicana Field. I have to admit it’s a little bit funny to have a 1950s themed game played at night, in a dome, but that’s just me. I am enjoying the 1950s music.

* The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today that Albert Pujols will “likely” return to the Cardinals’ active roster immediately after the All-Star break. From conversations I had with various people, it seems that that certainly COULD be the case, but the club is not quite committing to such a rapid return for Pujols just yet.

Pujols was re-evaluated yesterday and the club was encouraged by the initial findings. However, Dr. George Paletta, the team’s head physician, hasn’t had a chance to go over the findings with the front office. That will happen Monday or Tuesday, at which time a better read will be available.

One thing we do know as of today: TLR does not expect Pujols to go on a Minor League rehab assignment, no matter how long he’s out. The manager told us that today.

If Pujols played on July 15, the first day after the break, it would mean he missed fewer than four weeks. That would be a dramatic improvement from initial estimates, which had him in a soft cast for at least four weeks and out of action for six.

* Matt Holliday is a little bit improved, according to TLR, but is DH’ing once again today. They’re hoping he’s back in the outfield tomorrow, which would open up the DH spot for Lance Berkman to get a half-rest day.

* Speaking of those “half days off” that TLR likes, he’s trying to give David Freese one today. Freese is playing 1B in hopes that it will be a little easier on him. The plan is for Freese to play yet again tomorrow, back at 3B, which would be 6 games in 6 days since coming off the DL.

* The Cardinals are short on right-handed relievers today. Jason Motte and Brandon Dickson are fully available, but everybody else has a handle-with-care designation (or, in Lance Lynn’s case, more likely hands-off).

* The Cards announced the signings of five free agents from Latin America today: LHP Dewin Perez, SS Eliezer Alvarez, C Jose Godoy, LHP Alirio Negrette and RHP Luis Arias.

And, finally, the playlist:

Pixies, “Here Comes Your Man”
Weezer, “El Scorcho”
The White Stripes, “Black Math”
The Libertines, “Can’t Stand Me Now’
Talking Heads, “Life During Wartime”

-M.

Friday tidbits: Holliday, Freese and more

Greetings from St. Petersburg, which is the closest that the Major Leagues get to my hometown. I’m likely to be in good spirits all weekend. It’s good to be in Florida.

 

* Matt Holliday has some sort of illness that has left him achy and short of energy. He’s serving as the designated hitter instead of playing the outfield tonight. He and TLR both played it down, and Holliday said that if the DH weren’t an option, he’d probably be in the lineup.

* David Freese is playing for a fourth straight day. TLR acknowledged the fairly obvious, which is that Freese’s ankles are in excellent shape. There was definitely a silver lining to Freese’s wrist injury, which was that it allowed him to really rest up his ankles. He’ll be playing more often than he did earlier in the year.

* A few minutes ago, a little less than an hour before first pitch, the Cardinals announced a slight lineup change. Jon Jay and Lance Berkman switched between left and right field.

* The Cardinals will wear 1953 throwback uniforms tomorrow. If you want to see how the jerseys will look, follow this link.

 

And, finally, the playlist, which is also a throwback. Feeling a little nostalgic back in the home state, so here are some favorites from when I was in high school in Tallahassee:

Living Colour, “Elvis Is Dead”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Give It Away”
Beastie Boys, “Pass the Mic”
Pearl Jam, “Even Flow”
Nine Inch Nails, “Sin”

-M.

Holliday, McClellan DL-bound

John Mozeliak just announced that Matt Holliday and Kyle McClellan will be placed on the DL tomorrow. No word on who will take Holliday’s spot. Lance Lynn will take McClellan’s spot and will pitch tomorrow, with everyone else going back one day.

-M.

Holliday, Berkman out; Rasmus back in

The Cardinals held both Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman out of their starting lineup on Thursday against the Astros, though Holliday was considered available to pinch-hit. Both outfielders were removed from Wednesday night’s game due to injuries.

Holliday was removed from the game in the third inning due to tightness in his left quadriceps. Berkman came out two innings later because of soreness in his right wrist. Holliday is likely closer to returning, manager Tony La Russa acknowledged, though as of late Thursday morning the club had not heard the results of an evaluation on Berkman’s wrist. Berkman said Wednesday night that x-rays on the joint had come back negative.

In a bit of good news for the Redbirds, though, center fielder Colby Rasmus returned to the lineup from injury on Thursday. Rasmus had not started since Saturday, the result of an abdominal strain.

Allen Craig started in left field and Jon Jay in right for the Cardinals in their homestand finale against Houston.

-M.

Saturday tidbits: the ever-evolving bullpen

The tarp is out right now at GABP, but from people I’ve talked to, it sounds like we should be OK for the game.

* We had a long chat with Dave Duncan today, about a lot of different aspects of the bullpen. I’ll be writing on it at some length later this afternoon, but a couple of main things came out of it. One, for now, it appears that Eduardo Sanchez’s role is going to change for a while. They feel he’s pitched differently in the ninth than he did when he was pitching in other situations. So although he’s likely unavailable today, he probably wouldn’t be the guy to close a game even if he were fully fresh.

* Two, the two guys they WOULD aim toward, at least for now, are as mentioned a few days ago: Mitchell Boggs and Fernando Salas. Though Boggs’ profile has dropped quite a bit since that one rough game in Houston, Duncan maintains that he likes what he’s seeing from Boggs, and that there’s a good chance he would be the guy to close out today’s game. Duncan is also very pleased with the way Salas is throwing. The complication is that Salas threw two innings yesterday — however, he only threw 17 full-effort pitches (plus four on an intentional walk).

* Matt Holliday still has some soreness from hitting his left foot with a foul ball yesterday, but he’s OK to play and is in the lineup.

* Ryan Theriot, as noted in the lineup post, is back in there after missing some time with a sore right oblique. Nick Punto is out but will likely start at third base tomorrow. Lance Berkman will play tomorrow against lefty Travis Wood.

And, finally, the playlist:

Sleeper Agent, “Get It Daddy”
Tokyo Police Club, “Your English Is Good”
Beck, “Cellphone’s Dead”
Gang Gang Dance, “Mindkilla”
TV On The Radio, “Will Do”
(all stuff I heard on Sirius XMU and Alt Nation on the drive over here yesterday)

-M.

Notes of the night/Stat of the day, April 13

Greetings, all, from my last stop on this road trip. I’ll be headed home tomorrow, getting a few days off before rejoining the club for the next homestand. I hate to miss out on Dodger Stadium, but two out of three cities on a trip is plenty in most cases. Here are your postgame notes and goodies…

Notes of the night:

* Matt Holliday said he was fine after being hit on the left hand by a pitch. He didn’t even seem to realize we were waiting for him after the game, to check on how he came through it. He said he had no plan to get any further examination.

* Likewise for Ryan Theriot — there were no issues for him after being hit on the forearm.

* Eduardo Sanchez was pretty impressive in his Major League debut, striking out five in two innings. When I approached him after the game, he was just putting down his phone. I asked him how many messages, and he said, “about a hundred.”

Stat of the day:

Despite their slow start, the Cardinals actually now have a positive run differential. They’ve outscored their opponents by four runs on the year.

-M.

Sunday tidbits: Holliday in, Franklin still the choice

Yet another beautiful day in San Francisco. If you’ve never been to this park, seriously, get here. For my money, best place for a game in the Major Leagues.

* Matt Holliday is in the lineup and playing with basically no restrictions. He expects to be pretty much an everyday guy from here on out.

* TLR said that Ryan Franklin is still the closer, though Franklin is not available today except in case of emergency. He actually did entertain questions about the topic today, and we had a pretty good chat with him about it. And in short, his answer is that he and the club do not believe that Mitchell Boggs, Jason Motte, Miguel Batista or anyone else is a better option right now. But he didn’t dismiss the topic out of hand.

* Lance Berkman sat out today despite good numbers against Barry Zito, in large part so he can play the next several games in a row. Just a preventative day.

* One topic that came up some last night on Twitter was a relatively quick hook on Jaime Garcia. I asked about it, and La Russa said it was not about getting a pinch-hitter in the game. Instead, he was simply convinced Garcia had had enough. Garcia had begun to look different to him in the 5th and 6th innings.

* Nick Punto continues to progress well, according to John Mozeliak. Punto is working out in extended spring training and is pain-free, the GM said, but he hasn’t yet been cleared to run at game speed. Punto will likely begin taking some at-bats in extended spring games before he’s cleared to play full games.

And, finally, one more Bay Area playlist, potpourri edition:
Counting Crows, “Angels of the Silences”
Primus, “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver”
Tony! Toni! Tone!, “If I Had No Loot”
Digital Underground, “The Humpty Dance”
Huey Lewis and the News, “Walkin’ On A Thin Line”

-M.

Holliday is in

We don’t have a full lineup yet. Headed down to the clubhouse shortly. However, we were just told by media relations that Matt Holliday is in this afternoon’s lineup. More to come.

Holliday has not played since Opening Day, March 31, as a result of an emergency appendectomy on April 1.

 

-M.

Saturday tidbits: Holliday and more

Greetings from another beautiful night by the Bay, though it’s shaping up to be a bit chilly.

* As noted in an earlier post, Matt Holliday said this afternoon that he’s available to pinch-hit tonight and expects to play tomorrow. A little earlier in the afternoon, TLR referred to it more as a 50-50 proposition, but that was before Holliday’s workout. I fully expect him to be in there.

* Ryan Theriot is sitting in part because TLR wanted to get Tyler Greene two games in a row, and partly because Theriot is 3-for-20 against Matt Cain.

* Most of the bullpen is available tonight. Miguel Batista, Jason Motte, Trever Miller and Ryan Franklin are all available. Mitchell Boggs and Brian Tallet are maybes. Augenstein is off limits.

* I was told that Lastings Milledge, recently designated for assignment by the White Sox, doesn’t have much appeal to the Cardinals. He is a right-handed hitting outfielder, but he’s not really a center fielder.

And, finally, the playlist. More Bay Area goodness.
Faith No More, “Midlife Crisis”
Metallica, “Damage, Inc.”
Rancid, “Old Friend”
The Donnas, “Hot Pants”
Green Day, “When I Come Around”

-M.

Holliday expects to play Sunday

I’ll have more details both on the blog and the site shortly, but I wanted to go ahead and get this out there now. Just talked to Matt Holliday, who said that he’s available to pinch-hit for tonight’s game and expects to start tomorrow’s game against the Giants.

Holliday last played on Opening Day, March 31. He underwent an emergency appendectomy on April 1. So if he is in the lineup on Sunday, it will be nine days since the procedure and he will have missed eight games.

Again, additional details to follow here and at Cardinals.com.

-M.

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