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We’ve got a tremendous game here in Houston tonight, and you may have heard it’s been a bit of a busy day. So finally I’ve got your tidbits. I won’t be on the rest of the trip, and will try to disconnect for a few days before getting back on it at home next week.
By now you’ve heard and read plenty about the Chris Duncan trade. A few notes on it, though.
* Duncan was a very, very popular player in the clubhouse. Guys will get over this, and it’s not like some irreparable rift has been created within the clubhouse or between the players and the front office, but some guys were definitely unhappy with the move.
* With that said, Lugo might be a very nice fit. Offensively, he certainly should be. He’s getting on base at a very high clip against LHP, and he did the same last year. That can only help the team. However, according to both the stats and people’s observation, his defense has fallen off a cliff. He suffered a significant quadriceps strain last summer and had knee surgery this spring. That’s a tough pair of knocks to a guy’s range.
* Some guys knew something was afoot regarding Duncan, but it’s my understanding that last night’s team meeting was not about this move.
* Despite the addition of Barden today (although it’s possible he’ll be gone again tomorrow) and Lugo probably tomorrow, TLR said he doesn’t expect to play Mark DeRosa in the outfield much.
* The pitcher was back in the 9 spot. The official explanation from the manager is that he wanted to bat Molina 7th, and he doesn’t like Molina in front of the pitcher because you want more speed on the bases when you sacrifice bunt with the pitcher.
* The Cardinals probably will not return to 12 pitchers any time soon. Between Philadelphia’s unfriendly ballpark and lineup, and next week’s home games, the preference is to stay at 13 for a while. The manager often argues that you’re more likely to have bullpen depth issues at home, since you have to pitch nine innings in a loss at home.
* And TLR also said Wellemeyer is definitely safe for his next start. They’re just not convinced that anybody else would offer more, and they believe he’ll improve. Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger.
No playlist today. This thing is already way too late.
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
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
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