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St. Louis Cardinals Roster Report 2009-04-17


St. Louis Cardinals Roster Report 2009-04-17
The Cardinals blew two saves and suffered a bullpen loss in the first game of a seven-game, opening-week homestand, but the rest was much better, highlighted by a one-hitter worked by RHP Chris Carpenter and two relievers, a three-hit shutout by RHP Kyle Lohse and a career-high-tying seven-RBI game by 1B Albert Pujols, who hit two home runs against Houston. Manager Tony La Russa used seven different lineups in seven games, and the results mostly were positive as the Cardinals went 5-2.

PLAYER NEWS:

--RHP Chris Carpenter's MRI exam showed he has a torn left oblique muscle, an injury suffered while he was batting in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game at Arizona. Carpenter received an injection. He will be re-evaluated next week and then start his rehabilitation. He likely will be out four to six weeks.

--RHP P.J. Walters will make his big-league debut Friday when he faces the Cubs. Walters isn't a hard thrower, but does throw strikes. He worked seven scoreless innings in his only start for Class AAA Memphis this season.

--RF Ryan Ludwick's infield hit in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 19 games, counting eight last year. Ludwick again batted fourth behind 1B Albert Pujols, although Pujols was walked intentionally two times, which will be a trend Cubs manager Lou Piniella and probably others will practice.

MEDICAL WATCH:

RHP Chris Carpenter (torn left oblique muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list April 15. He is likely out four to six weeks.

3B Troy Glaus (right shoulder surgery in January 2009) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He didn't heal as quickly as was hoped, and he may not play before July.

LHP Jaime Garcia (Tommy John elbow surgery in September 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He likely will miss all or nearly all of the 2009 season.

ROTATION:

RHP Adam Wainwright

RHP Kyle Lohse

RHP Todd Wellemeyer

RHP Joel Pineiro

BULLPEN:

RHP Jason Motte (closer)

RHP Ryan Franklin

RHP Josh Kinney

RHP Kyle McClellan

RHP Chris Perez

LHP Dennys Reyes

LHP Trever Miller

RHP Mitchell Boggs

CATCHERS:

Yadier Molina

Jason LaRue

INFIELDERS:

1B Albert Pujols

2B Skip Schumaker

SS Khalil Greene

3B David Freese

INF Brendan Ryan

INF Brian Barden

INF Joe Thurston

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Chris Duncan

CF Rick Ankiel

RF Ryan Ludwick

OF Colby Rasmus


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 17, 2009

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