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Friday night tidbits: Rotation, Glaus, Garcia, Eckstein

We continue to get amazing weather this summer. First-pitch temp of 83, no clouds, nicest summer I can remember.

On with the tidbits…

* Chris Carpenter is officially scheduled to start on Monday in Los Angeles, with Mitchell Boggs getting the Tuesday game at Dodger Stadium. They’d both be on turn to pitch over the weekend in San Diego, but on the following homestand, it makes a difference.

If Carpenter starts Monday, then next Saturday 8/22, he could then go on Thursday, 8/27, at home against Houston — rather than in the following series against Washington.

* Troy Glaus is headed down to Memphis to begin a rehabilitation assignment over the weekend. He was not in the clubhouse today.

* Jaime Garcia had another fine outing at Class A Palm Beach today as he continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery. Garcia pitched 5 2/3 innings, his longest outing yet, with one hit, one run, five strikeouts and four walks. Overall, in five Minor League appearances, he’s pitched 16 2/3 innings with eight hits, three runs, 19 Ks, 5 walks and no homers allowed. So far, so good.

* David Eckstein spoke with reporters for a good while before today’s game. He said it’s always special to come back here, that he still loves playing in front of the fans here and cheers for his ex-teammates.

With that said, he also still holds some ill will regarding his departure, feeling that he was portrayed inaccurately and unfairly by the front office during negotiations.

* The Cardinals took BP quite a bit earlier than normal today, because there was a gymnastics exhibition on the field during the 6 o’clock hour. That meant everything got bumped up.

* TLR went back to the lineup with two lefties (Schumaker and Rasmus) at the top of the order today. He wasn’t asked specifically about it in the pregame, but it’s not that hard to figure out. San Diego only has one LH reliever, Joe Thatcher. And while Thatcher has been very effective against lefties this year, for his career he’s not a lefty-killer. So it’s less of a concern to have the two left-handed hitters back-to-back, as compared to a team with two or more effective LH relievers.

Today’s playlist:
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, “Seven-Mile Island”
Indigo Girls, “Center Stage”
Four Horsemen, “Tired Wings”
Modest Mouse, “Bury Me With It”
Mike Doughty: “Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well”

-M.

Wednesday tidbits: Boggs and the rotation, Motte and the bullpen, Thompson, Molina

It’s another amazingly nice night at Busch Stadium, with a game-time temp of 85 degrees. Thanks to a nice breeze it feels milder than that.

* TLR wouldn’t commit to anything in the rotation beyond Sunday. For the weekend against the Padres, it will be Wainwright, Pineiro and Lohse. Monday in Los Angeles is the question mark. It could be Chris Carpenter on four days’ rest, or they could choose to give Carpenter the extra day, pitch him Tuesday and go with someone else on Monday.

It’s telling, though, that Mitchell Boggs was not sent down after yesterday’s game. That would seem to indicate that he will get another start. The question is whether that will be Monday or Tuesday. Either way, the next turn would come over the weekend against the Padres at PETCO Park.

One difference, as things go forward. If Carpenter pitches on Monday, he could go the following Saturday, and that would allow him to pitch at home against Houston on Aug. 27, rather than over the following weekend against Washington.

* The skipper acknowledged that Jason Motte is struggling, and that the Cardinals are looking for some right-handed relief help. Per his usual m.o., he refused to give much of a “scouting report” about what’s going on with Motte, but he said he believes it’s not similar to Kyle McClellan last year, when McClellan seemed to fade as a result of a heavy workload.

As for the possibilities for help, La Russa acknowledged that both John Smoltz and Justin Speier hold some appeal. However, there’s a catch with Smoltz. If he wanted to pitch in relief, he could simply have accepted the Red Sox’s assignment to the Minors, get conditioned for bullpen work, and come back and pitch out of the pen for Boston. That did not appeal to him. Thus, it’s likely that if he’s traded, it will be to a team that would use him in the starting rotation.

By comparison, Speier was released. He is a free agent. He could be had for nothing more than a roster spot and a pro-rated portion of the Major League minimum salary. He’s a very interesting name, and probably better than his 5-plus ERA suggests. He’s remained effective against right-handed hitters, and his strikeout rate is still excellent.

* Brad Thompson’s appeal for his suspension is scheduled to take place on Aug. 25 via videoconference.

* Yadier Molina is in the No. 8 spot today, which is not at all TLR’s preference. He likes having someone with a little speed batting eighth, because it’s tough to sacrifice with a slow runner on first base. However, the only other option, in La Russa’s mind, was to bat Ankiel second, Brendan Ryan eighth and Molina sixth or seventh. And he strongly preferred to split up the only two left-handed hitters in the lineup, Schumaker and Ankiel.

Tonight’s playlist:
Depeche Mode, “In Chains”
Pilot Speed, “Barely Listening”
Gossip, “Heavy Cross” (loving this tune)
Teddybears, “Yours to Keep”
U2, “Moment of Surrender”

-M.

Monday early tidbits and lineup: Wellemeyer, Boggs, Glaus, DeRosa

* Todd Wellemeyer has been scratched from his scheduled Tuesday start due to some discomfort and inflammation in his right elbow. Mitchell Boggs is expected to make the start. It appears likely that Wellemeyer could go to the disabled list.

* Troy Glaus’ back is improving. He will meet with Dr. Paletta tonight, and he’s hoping that he might be cleared to swing off a tee tomorrow. He said that he’s been throwing, and that his shoulder is actually improving quite a bit.

* Mark DeRosa is available to come off the bench if needed but is not in tonight’s starting lineup. He’s dealing with some soreness in the right side of his upper back. There’s a good chance, according to TLR, that DeRosa will be back in the lineup tomorrow.

STL lineup vs RHP Johnny Cueto:
1. Schumaker 2B
2. Rasmus CF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Ankiel RF
6. K.Greene 3B
7. Molina C
8. Ryan SS
9. Lohse P

CIN lineup:
1. Taveras CF
2. Gonzalez SS
3. Phillips 2B
4. Votto 1B
5. Balentien RF
6. Gomes LF
7. Rosales 3B
8. Hanigan C
9. Cueto P

-M.

Saturday tidbits: Ryan, K.Greene, Pujols, Holliday

* 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.

Today’s playlist:
Bob Mould, “Life and Times”
Jason Isbell, “Good”
Son Volt, “The Picture”
Matthew Sweet, “Sick of Myself”
My Morning Jacket, “Off the Record”

-M.

Friday tidbits: Ryan, K.Greene, Boggs, Stavinoha, bullpen

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 [11] 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”

-M.
 

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